SASKATOON, SK – Saskatoon Sports Tourism and the Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club are delighted to announce three exciting speed skating events that will be hosted in Saskatoon in 2012.
· Saskatoon Long Track Meet – January 7-8, 2012
· Canada Cup III and Canadian Junior Championship – February 3-5, 2012
· Saskatoon Short Track Meet – March, 2012
The Saskatoon Long Track and Short Track Meets are provincial competitions. The Canada Cup III and Canadian Junior Championship are national long track competitions. The Canada Cup III is used to rank skaters for the national team and the Canadian Junior Championship results select the Junior World Championship Team.
All three events will take place at the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval, one of the best natural ice surfaces in Canada. Named after the first coach of the Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club, the 400-metre oval offers an exciting change of pace for skating enthusiasts. Access to the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval is located in the Gordie Howe Recreation Complex at Dudley Street and Avenue R South. There is no charge for admission at any of the three events.
“Saskatoon Sports Tourism is excited to be working with the Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club as they prepare to host the upcoming speed skating events this winter,” said Hugh Vassos, project consultant with Saskatoon Sports Tourism. “The sport is extremely fast paced and we look forward to good crowds at the oval to cheer on these great athletes. Congratulations to the organizers for winning the bid to host these events and for their hard work in promoting the sport of speed skating.”
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For more information, contact:
Saskatoon Sports Tourism
Direct: (306) 222-5392
Meet Coordinator and Membership Development
Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club
Direct: (306) 664-6832
About Saskatoon Sports Tourism
Saskatoon Sports Tourism was created to guide the attraction, retention and creation of sports tourism activities in Saskatoon. Saskatoon Sports Tourism assists event organizers to locate local suppliers, sports venues, and hotel accommodations and helps increase local awareness and attendance at events. For more information, visit www.saskatoonsportstourism.com.
About Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club
Established in 1942, the Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club is the longest running club in Canada. Over the past 69 years, the club has produced over 40 National Champions, with 12 of those individuals advancing to represent Canada at the Winter Olympics. Club members have been a part of Canadian Olympic Teams since 1948 with Craig McKay and multiple Olympic Champion Catriona Le May Doan, the fastest woman in the world in the 500-metre race. The Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club has over 200 members in Saskatoon and a fast growing fan base. For more information, visit www.slspeedskating.com.