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Speed Skating Canada unveils 2018-2019 national competitions calendar

Speed Skating Canada today unveiled icts national competitions calendar for 2018-2019 Both short track and long track. The schedule highlights major exchange to the competition structure for the Canadian speed skating program.

Starting this season, short track and long track athletes will have one hand competition to Qualify for the 2018-2019 ISU World Cup and World Championship events contents, each Taking up this fall.

The Canadian Short Track Championships Will Be Held September 21-23 in Montreal. Calgary will host the Canadian Single Distance Championships in the long track October 20-23. An additional spot For Each event on the long track World Cup and World Championship team will be available through a skate off Held During Canada Cup # 2 in January 2019.

Two new competitions Were added to the national calendar this season. The Canadian Winter Invitational, to be Held January 11-13 in Montreal, will bring together the best Canadian short track skaters and concurrents from other countries, in a strategic attempt to Increase International competition for the athletes. Place Bell in Laval will present the Junior Qualifier aussi November 16-18. This new competition is designed to help athletes transition to the high-performance calendar.

"We Believe That this new structure will allow our athletes to accomplish achieve more podium results at international competitions," Explained Shawn Holman, Speed Skating Canada's Chief Sport Officer. "By providing good athletes with a more consistent competition schedule Throughout Each individual season and across all four years of a quadrennial, we give 'em the opportunity to optimize Their training and hit peak performance in time for World Cups, World Championships and, Ultimately, the Olympic Games. "

A total of 15 national competitions Will Be Held During the 2018-2019 season, in addition to the short track and long track events at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, AB. The Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal will host three of These events while Calgary's Olympic Oval will host six national competitions.

"We value our long-standing relationships with our training centers in Montreal and Calgary, Who deliver not only a wide number of our national events aim do so with Such passion and high quality," Said David Morrison, Manager, Coach, Athlete and Competitions at Speed Skating Canada. "It's incredibly exciting to see aussi competitions Taking place in other cities, Where host clubs are helping to Strengthen the sports of speed skating across the country."

The Peace Wapiti Speed Skating Club in Grande Prairie, AB, will host a national-level speed skating competition for the first time this season. Four other cities play host to competitions as share of this year's schedule: Sherbrooke, QC; Fort St. John, BC; Winnipeg, MB; and Campbellton, NB.