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Schumann Takes Third in Short Track Canadian Junior Championships

First place finish in 1500m Super Final vaults Oval skater into World Jr. Championship discussion
Photo Credit: Speed Skating Canada, Twitter
CALGARY, AB – Marco Schumann skated to a thrilling victory in the final event of the 2016 Short Track Canadian Junior Championships this weekend. In doing so, the Olympic Oval skater penciled himself into the Canadian World Junior Championship team picture.  Schumann was able to hold the lead for the final five laps of the men’s 1500m Super Final on his “home ice” at the Oval to capture first place points in the event and vault himself onto the Canadian Junior Short Track Championship Overall podium.   Based on the selection criteria, his third place finish for the weekend makes him an unofficial selection for one of the four spots per gender available to represent Canada at the 2017 World Junior Short Track Championships to be held January 27-29 in Innsbruck, Austria.

Schumann (Right) poses with newly crowned Canadian Jr. Champion Marc-Olivier Lemay & second place Gibson Himbeault
Photo Credit: Speed Skating Canada, Twitter
A product of Saskatoon, SK – Schumann is likely the only Western Canadian to qualify for this year’s Short track World Juniors and would be the first Oval skater to qualify for the event since current Canadian National Development team member Courtney Shmyr qualified in 2012. Coached by Olympic Oval Coach Alan McIlveen, Schumann would also be the first Oval skater to qualify from the Men’s division since Mikhail Choi and Rob Watson wore the maple leaf in the 2010 World Junior Championships.  

Schumann was recently selected as one of the 15 athletes to be awarded Intact Insurance Olympic Oval Athlete Bursaries for the 2016-17 season.  The fund supports deserving locally trained athletes in a variety of ways – helping to pay for competition travel, training, equipment, clothes, rent and food.  Since its inception 11 years ago, the Oval Bursary Fund has supported over 100 athletes in their quest for excellence in the sports of speed skating, cycling and female hockey.

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