Short Track Athletes 2021/2022

Elite Athlete Pathway skaters are focused, determined, and hard-working. Get to know each of our long track skaters below.

Short Track Elite Athlete Pathway

Short Track Athletes are built around 4 stages - from club skaters all the way to the Canadian National Team. Stage 2 and Stage 3 athletes are part of the Olympic Oval's Elite Athlete Pathway program.

Click on each group to find out more about our athletes.

Stage 1

Club Level Skaters: Stage 1 is really about introducing speed skating to kids. Clubs from around Alberta work on introducing the sport and building interest for life. Once the kids are at a certain level, they can enter the Oval's Elite Athlete Pathway – Stage 2.

Speed Skating Alberta

Stage 2

Skaters who enter the Oval's Elite Athlete Pathway are part of Stage 1. Stage 1 athletes tend to be in their first or second year of speed skating at an elite level. It is the stepping stone to Stage 3 — building on their base from club skating to eventually getting to Stage 3. It is based on their age and times.

Stage 3

Skaters in Stage 3 are at the highest level of the Oval's Elite Athlete Pathway. They are building on their base to make their way to the Canadian National Team.

Stage 4

Canadian National Team: Stage 4 athletes are part of the Canadian National Team (Speed skating Canada) and train in Calgary and Montreal. These athletes compete around the world and every four years, a team is selected to compete for Canada at the Olympic Winter Games.

Speed Skating Canada Athletes

Feature Short Track Athletes — from left to right — Brendan Yamada, Ben Ward, Wren Acorn and Roger Fulton.

Brendan Yamada
Ben Ward
Wren Acorn
Roger Fulton

For so many skaters to be able to pursue their education, look beyond skating, and also be able to train at a world-class facility every day is just incredible.

Benjamin Ward

Short Track Skater