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Organizing Committee Calgary Launches Legacy Program to Support Grassroots Speed Skating

Submitted by ryan.ohashi on Fri, 11/06/2015 - 1:44pm

"For The Love of Speed Skating" to be introduced at upcoming ISU World Cup
CALGARY, AB — The Organizing Committee Calgary is pleased to announce the creation of the For the Love of Speed Skating program that aims to financially support Alberta-based speed skaters at the development and grassroots level.

“The program will help skaters and their families from the Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association along with individual Olympic Oval program speed skaters through the Intact Insurance Olympic Oval bursary,” said Organizing Committee Calgary Chair Alice Humeny.

The OCC has been a dedicated member of the speed skating community since 1989 and is preparing to host its 31th international event in Calgary with the November 13-15 World Cup speed skating competition at the Olympic Oval.

Fifty per cent of the money raised will go to AASSA to offset program and facility costs for member families. The association’s skaters and parents will collect donations during final two days of the World Cup in Calgary through a ‘pass the bucket’ promotion.

“The Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association is grateful for this opportunity to raise funds for grassroots development of the sport,” said its president Nicole Cooney.

“We have clubs in every region of the province and provide programming for children, youth, and adults. We will use the funds raised to provide support and develop resources for speed skaters, coaches, and officials within our province.”

Fifty per cent of money will go to individual Olympic Oval program speed skaters, by donation on behalf of OCC to the Intact Insurance Olympic Oval bursary. Oval skaters will collect donations during the opening day of the World Cup, Friday, Nov. 13.
“We’re very excited for this initiative in support of the Intact Insurance Olympic Oval Bursary fund and the amazing work AASSA does.” said Olympic Oval Director Yves Hamelin. “The fund was created by our own Catriona Le May Doan as a way to help alleviate some of the financial strains put on Canadian amateur athletes.  It’s only with the support of the public, the speed skating community and sponsors like Intact Insurance that we are able to sustain our goal of developing athletes to achieve their personal best.”

Since its inception 10 years ago, the Oval Bursary Fund has supported 75 athletes in their quest for excellence in the sports of speed skating, cycling and female hockey. 

Funding for these bursaries is currently made possible by successful events such as the Oval Family Skate as well as the Legacy Gala.   Past recipients of Oval Bursaries include Oval Athletes and 2015-16 National team athletes: Josie Spence, Heather McLean and Courtney Schmyr, as well as 3-time Olympian Brittany Schussler.

Last season,'s recipients were BJ Schmidt (Kamloops, BC), Marika Nadal (Canmore, AB), Carter Chambers (Winnipeg, MB), Sam Deckert (Winnipeg, MB), Isabelle Weidemann (Ottawa, ON), Ben Donnelly (Oshawa, ON), Tamara Oudenaarden (Edmonton, AB), Braden Cloutier (Dawson Creek, BC), and Hannah Clark (Yellowknife, NWT).

For more information on Organizing Committee Calgary and the ISU World Cup in Calgary please visit

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