Wednesday, February 17, 2016 

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Sardis Speed Skaters to receive $1000 award  

Patrick Godbout, SKC/Facebook photo

 

ntact Insurance Company, Speed Skating Canada’s major sponsor, announced today that the Clarington (Clarington, ON), Esquimalt (Esquimalt, B.C.), Gloucester Concordes (Ottawa, ON), Fredericton (Fredericton, N.B.), King (Nobleton, ON), Ailes d’or de LaSalle (Montréal, QC, LaSalle borough), Mustangs de Québec (Quebec City, QC) and Sardis Fliers (Chilliwack, B.C.) Speed Skating Clubs were each awarded a $1,000 bursary as part of the 2015-2016 Podium Tracker program.

 

Last weekend, Canadian skaters won a total of eight individual medals at the ISU World Single Distance Championships in Kolomna, Russia, and at the ISU World Cup Short Track in Dordrecht, Netherlands.

 

At the World Single Distance Championships, Ivanie Blondin was crowned the Mass Start champion. Ted-Jan Bloemen also won a silver medal in the 10,000m and Alex Boisvert-Lacroix, bronze in the 500m. Bloemen added another bronze medal in the men’s team pursuit with Jordan Belchos and Ben Donnelly.

 

At the ISU World Cup Short Track, Marianne St-Gelais won a gold (1500m) and a bronze (500m) medals, while Charle Cournoyer won the 1000m (2) event. Valérie Maltais got a silver medal in the 1000m (2) and Jamie MacDonald, a bronze in the 1000m (1).

                                                                                                      

The Intact Podium Tracker Program tracks individual medals won by Canadian short and long track speed skaters in World Cups and World Championships. Each time an athlete steps onto the podium, Intact Insurance donates $1,000 to a local speed skating club in Canada.

 

So far this season, Intact Insurance Company gave a total of $62,000 in donation to 62 clubs, representing the 62 individual medals won by Canadians in World Cups and World Championships events.

 

Since the inception of the Intact Podium Tracker Program during the 2010-2011 season, Intact Insurance has donated a total of $215,000 to Canadian speed skating clubs.

“We are proud of the strong showings from the Canadian team,” said Anna Rajpat, Intact Insurance’s Vice President of Brand Development and Customer Experience. “Through the Intact Podium Tracker Program, we hope to support more young skaters and skating clubs across Canada in their training and racing needs, further promote speed skating in Canada and help build future Olympians in the sport.”

 

Connect with the Sardis Flayers on their Facebook page.

 

More information can be found on Speed Skating Canada’s website at www.speedskating.ca or on the Podium Tracker Program at www.podiumtracker.ca/en/index.html.

About Speed Skating Canada

Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, the association is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial branches representing more than 14,000 individual members, and counting. SSC believes that sport is an apprenticeship for life and prizes respect for others, integrity, excellence of effort, as well as a safe, healthy environment. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey.

SSC is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values including our premium sponsor Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

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