6 Oval Skaters at Short Track Canadian Championships

Nadal, Desmarais, Pelkey, Pederson, Schumann and Yamada set to battle it out for a spot on the 2018-19 World Cup & World Championship teams.

World Cup and World Championship spots on the line

Montreal, QC – The fastest short track skaters in the nation will descend upon Montreal’s Maurice Richard arena this weekend for the 2018 Canadian Short Track Championships.  The field of 48 men and women will all be vying for spots on this season’s Canadian Short Track World Cup and World Championship teams.

A contingent of six Olympic Oval skaters led by veteran Alison Desmarais will look to book their tickets home to Calgary, the site of the first ISU Short Track World Cup event of the 2018-19 season on November 2-4, 2018.

Desmarais, the pride of Vanderhoof, BC, will enter this weekend as the 9th ranked skater entering the women’s competition based on her National Qualifier results.  Last season she was selected for the National Development team and finished 12 at the 2018 Short Track Team Selections.  She will be joined by her Oval training partner Marika Nadal (Calgary, AB) and junior Caitlin Pelkey, also a Calgary local.

On the men’ side the Oval will be represented by senior skater Marco Schumann (Saskatoon, SK), who last season joined then Oval program athletes Vincent Girard and Adrian Rudy in skating for Canada at the 2018 ISU World Junior Short Track Championships in Poland. For Schumann it was his second trip to World Js.  Schumann will be joined by a pair of up and coming Oval juniors from Calgary – Brendan Yamada and Matej Pederson. Yamada and Pederson finished first and third overall at last year’s Canadian Short Track Junior Selections #2 held in Calgary at WinSport.

The #OvalFamily will be well represented with a pair of Oval Program graduates set to skate this weekend as well. Fort St. James’ Jamie MacDonald enters this weekend as the number 1 ranked skater in the competition. The National team Olympian took part in her first Olympic games and World Championships last season. In 2016, she claimed her first senior World Cup medals including a silver medal in the second 500m event on her “home ice” here at the Oval in World Cup Short Track #1 in Calgary.  Regina’s Keegan Christ finished last season ranked 8th in the country.  The brother of long track National team Olympian Kali Christ, Keegan will look to book his ticket to his first World Cup events.

The first ISU Short Track World Cup event of the season comes to the Olympic Oval on November 2-4, 2018. Tickets are ON SALE now, including the $25 three day weekend pass! You could also partner up and get your brand in front of an International audience or host your group in our VIP Guest Lounge. Details and Online ticket sales are now available at: Oval.UCalgary.ca/WorldCup