Quebec City to Host First-Ever Joint National Short Track and Long Track Championships
The new Intact Insurance Ice Center will welcome Canada’s best short and long track skaters in October
QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC – The state-of-the-art Intact Assurance Ice Center in Quebec City will have the unique distinction of hosting the first-ever Canadian Short Track Championships and Canadian Long Track Championships this fall.
With recent adjustments to the international competition schedule, the dates and locations originally planned for these Canadian Championships were no longer feasible. This was an opportunity to host both competitions at the new Intact Insurance Ice Center on the same weekend, allowing both disciplines of the sport to be honored at the same time.
- Canadian Long Track Championships: October 13-16, 2022
- Canadian Short Track Championships: October 14-16, 2022
Canada’s top short and long track speed skaters – including dozens of Olympians in both disciplines – will compete in this historic joint competition, which will bring together the highest caliber of each discipline in a venue with a tremendous skating history. of speed.
The competition will allow local hero Laurent Dubreuil (Lévis, QC) and his Quebec teammates – who usually travel to Calgary each year for the Canadian Long Track Championships presented by Intact Insurance – to compete in the presence of family and friends. for the first time.
It will also be the first time in recent memory that the Canadian Short Track Championships presented by Intact Insurance will be held outside of Montreal, giving a whole new audience the opportunity to see Olympic medalists such as Steven Dubois (Lachenaie, Que. ) and Kim Boutin (Sherbrooke, Qc) takes part in the fast action.
Speed Skating Canada is currently working with event hosts to finalize the remainder of the domestic competition schedule for the 2022-23 season. Details will be communicated once the information is finalized.
We are very happy to have the opportunity to jointly organize our two Canadian championships on the same weekend next October! This unique event will give sports fans from Quebec and surrounding communities the chance to see the best speed skaters in the country, including short and long track Olympians like Laurent Dubreuil, Valérie Maltais and members of our medal-winning men’s relay. ‘gold. team – compete in their own backyard. The beautiful Intact Insurance Ice Center will provide us with an incredible backdrop to show off what our sport has to offer and hopefully encourage some people to try it out.
Susan Auch, Executive Director, Speed Skating Canada
This announcement is historic! Quebec Speed Skating would like to thank Speed Skating Canada for its trust and the Intact Insurance Ice Center for its hospitality. We will be treated to the highest level of long track and short track skating in October. Welcoming our Olympic medalists and our Olympians from Beijing 2022 will allow the people of Quebec and the Quebec region to see the best speed skaters in the world take part in a major competition. I am very moved that we can finally announce it!
Robert Dubreuil, General Manager, Speed Skating Quebec
Competitions such as the Canadian Short Track and Long Track Championships enhance the community and go hand in hand with the mission of the Intact Insurance Ice Centre. Thanks to sustained programming and the collaboration of Speed Skating Canada and Patinage de Vitesse Québec, these events will generate sporting and economic spinoffs that will be very positive!
Jean-François Harvey, General Manager, Quebec Ice Center Management Corporation