Gloucester Concordes Gloucester Concordes Speed Skating Club Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:18:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Vincent vous dit MERCI ! Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:02:40 +0000

My thanks to the Gloucester Concordes for sponsoring a hole during the golf tournament and contributing to my Journey to 2018. Your generosity and support allow me to truly focus on getting the best training possible to be ready for the fall World Cup circuit, the Olympic Trials (taking place the first weekend of January) and the Olympics from February 13th to the 23rd. 

“I am now in full training and this past weekend I had the privilege of being invited to Speed Skating Canada’s Annual General Meeting where I was awarded the Jeremy Wotherspoon Male Athlete of the Year Long Track Award. Your contribution makes a difference!

Thank you,

Vincent De Haître

Ottawa, June 9, 2017 – Speed Skating Canada is pleased to announce its 2017 annual award winners which were unveiled Friday, June 9, at its Awards Reception held in Toronto, Ontario, during its Annual General Meeting.

Speed Skating Canada

The recipients were elected based on nominations put forth by Speed Skating Canada’s members and committees.

Among them, two-time Olympic medalist, including gold in the 1000m in Vancouver, Christine Nesbitt from London, ON, was inducted into Speed Skating Canada’s Hall of Fame.

Speed Skating Canada’s Hall of Fame
Christine Nesbitt (London, ON) – Athlete

Athletes of the Year – Long Track
Jeremy Wotherspoon Male Athlete of the Year Award
Vincent De Haître (Cumberland, ON)

Catriona Le May Doan Female Athlete of the Year Award
Ivanie Blondin (Ottawa, ON)

Rising Star Athlete of the Year Award
Tyson Langelaar (Winnipeg, MB)

Athletes of the Year – Short Track
Marc Gagnon Male Athlete of the Year Award
Samuel Girard (Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC)

Female Athlete of the Year
Marianne St-Gelais (Saint-Félicien, QC)

Guy Daignault Rising Star Athlete of the Year Award
Pascal Dion (Montréal, Rivière-des-Prairies – Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, QC)

Coach of the Year Award
Bart Schouten (Calgary, AB)
(Presented to a coach who has demonstrated meaningful, long term involvement with a club, regional, branch, or national association as a coach as evidenced by the achievements outlined in the nomination form.)

Honour Roll
Marianne St-Gelais (Saint-Félicien, QC)
2016-2017 500m Overall World Cup Champion

Vincent De Haître (Cumberland, ON), Laurent Dubreuil (Lévis, QC), Christopher Fiola (Montréal, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough, QC), Olivier Jean (Lachenaie, QC)
2016-2017 Team Sprint Overall World Cup Champion

(Presented to any speed skater or speed skating team who wins a gold, silver or bronze medal at a Winter Olympic Games, wins a senior or junior world championship title, wins an overall World Cup title, or holds an officially recognized Olympic, senior or junior world record; such athlete will automatically be recorded on the honour roll of the Speed Skating Canada Hall of Fame. The same person or team can be recorded several times for different achievements.)

John Hurdis Outstanding Volunteer Award
André Beaulieu (Repentigny, QC)
(Presented to a Speed Skating Canada member(s) whose outstanding service as a volunteer has resulted in a significant contribution to the advancement of speed skating at the national and/or international level.)

Jean R. Dupré Administrator of the Year Award
John Maurice (Iqaluit, NU)
(Presented to an administrator who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of speed skating in Canada.)

Jean Grenier Award
Nathalie Lambert (Montreal, QC)
(Presented to an outstanding volunteer who has contributed to the betterment of our sport.)

René Marleau Official of the Year Award
Carmen Cameron (Quebec City, QC)
(Presented to any Speed Skating Canada official who has demonstrated meaningful, long term involvement with a club, region, branch, or the national association.)

Guy-Marcoux Officials Mentor Award
Dave Thomson (Calgary, AB)
(Presented to an individual who has made contributions to the sport of speed skating in the development of officials, and who demonstrates excellence in mentoring, has been outstanding in supporting, encouraging, and promoting the professional and personal development of speed skating officials.)

Gagné Family Award
Morrison Family (Fort St. John, B.C.)
(Dennis, Carol, Julie, Jay and Denny)
(Presented to a family who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of the sport of speed skating in Canada.)

Coaches Award of Excellence
Anne-Christine Cloutier (Amqui, QC)
(Presented to a coach who have made contributions to the sport of speed skating in the role of a coach. The award is not given based on the achievement of athletes, but on the demonstrated ability to assist in the development of athletes and the sport, including grassroots to high performance coaches.)

Officials Award of Excellence
Richard Thériault (Rivière-du-Loup, QC)
(Presented to an individual who has made contributions to the sport of speed skating in the role of an official. The award is given based on the demonstrated ability to assist in the development of officials in the sport, including grassroots to high performance officials.)

Peter Williamson Memorial Trust Fund Bursaries
Pascal Dion (Montréal, Rivière-des-Prairies – Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, QC)
Alexandre St-Jean (Quebec City, QC)
(Bursaries given to athletes who best combine athletic and scholastic achievement; have the ability to communicate well with coaches and fellow skaters; and show elements of leadership and are positive role models for other athletes.)

Canadian Championships Shields
Doreen Ryan Shields: Long Track
Pat Underhill Shield: Short Track
(Presented to the best provincial/territorial teams in long track and short track speed skating, combining all the Canadian championships.)

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SUPPORT a local OLYMPIC Athlete Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:34:11 +0000 JOIN VINCENT DE HAÎTRE’S

What: Golf Tournament

When: May 29, 2017

Where: Club de golf Camelot

Why: Support Vincent’s journey toward the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea

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A Word from Vincent

From the moment I first stepped on the ice as a toddler, I knew it was where I belonged. So, when I found out at the age of 5 that people could go to the Olympics for skating fast, my goals were clear. Speed Skating Canada has a nationwide “Learn to Speed Skate” program, which is essentially the equivalent to “Timbits Hockey”.

As much as Speed Skating is an individual sport, passion for going fast will only get you so far. Success truly takes a team that includes coaches, athletes, support staff, friends and family.

Speed Skating, like many sports, is a full time job and the work doesn’t end when I get off the ice or when I make it home from a long bike ride. Most of my time spent at home is used to recover and prepare for the next training session, all while keeping track of eating habits, sleep patterns, and keeping up social activities with a small circle of close friends.

If you want to be part of my drive toward the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea, come on out and join me for a round of golf.

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Bravo Concordes ! Sun, 16 Apr 2017 14:14:24 +0000 Congratulations Concordes for a memorable Championship meet

Thanks to Dean Hoisak for the great pic’s.

Overall results for our 4 skaters

Brielle Durham, 9th in the 11 year old girls
Kaelan Jolliffe, 15th in the 11 year old girls

Ethan Demel, 12th in the 13 year old boys

Edouard Parent, 7th in the 13 year old boys

For all the results and podium photos, visit CEST 2017

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Four Concordes attending CEST2017 on March 24-26! Sat, 11 Mar 2017 00:26:10 +0000 The Gloucester Concordes Speed Skating Club is proud to announce that four of our very own skaters will be attending the Canada East Short Track Championships 2017 ( ) to be held right here at home at the Bob MacQuarrie complex on March 24 – 26th!

This is VERY exciting news and we are extremely happy for these four young athletes who will be part of Team Ontario!

The four skaters that will be representing Ontario from our club are:

  • Brielle Durham
  • Kaelan Jolliffe
  • Edouard Parent
  • Ethan Demel

Please join me in congratulating these skaters.

We will be with you during every stride as you skate for Ontario at CEST2017!

Visit Ontario Speed Skating Association (OSSA) for the full Team Ontario for Canada East 2017.

Good luck to our Concordes and to Team Ontario!

Canada represented by seven long track speed skaters at the World Cup Final in Norway Thu, 09 Mar 2017 22:27:24 +0000 Competitions will be held this weekend, March 11-12, in Stavanger, Norway

Calgary, March 9, 2017 – Canada will be represented by seven long track speed skaters at the World Cup Final to be held March 11-12 in Stavanger, Norway: Jordan Belchos from Toronto, ON, Ted-Jan Bloemen from Calgary, AB, Ivanie Blondin from Ottawa, ON, Vincent De Haître from Cumberland, ON, Laurent Dubreuil from Lévis, QC, Marsha Hudey from White City, SK, and Olivier Jean from Lachenaie, QC.

The World Cup Final is limited to the best skaters based on the World Cup rankings following the first five stages as stated in the ISU Communication #2031, including the 12 best in the 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 3000m and 5000m, the 20 best in the mass start events and the six best in the team events. Canadian skaters also had to self-fund their participation to this competition.

At the World Cup Final, the point system is expanded for the top five finishers. Winner of each race gets 150 points compared to 100 for the other World Cups, followed by 120 (80) for second, 104 (70) for third, 90 (60) for fourth and 76 (50) for fifth, except for the 500m event where both races are worth half the points (75 points for each race winner).

Ivanie Blondin looking for redemption
In the Women’s Mass Start, Ivanie Blondin is looking for revenge after finishing 10th at the last World Single Distance Championships and second last season in the World Cup ranking. Blondin, with 308 points, is currently second behind Bo-Reum Kim from South Korea who has a total of 340 points and who won the gold medal at the 2017 World Single Distance Championships.

Ivanie Blondin will also take part in the 3000m. She is currently in 9th place (176 points).

“I would like to have a better ranking in the 3000m, and for the Mass Start, I would like to finish it off with a good race and bring home a win for our team, said Blondin. It will be tricky and might not work out, but I will definitively try my best to get the title back and try to once again gain the most experience before next season. Also, following the World Single Distance Championships, there is definitively a little bit of revenge flowing through my blood. Compete is what I live for and I will show up and compete every single race.”

Busy weekend for Vincent De Haître
Vincent De Haître will be very busy this weekend by taking part in four events: 1000m, 1500m, team sprint and team pursuit.

In the 1000m, Vincent De Haître, silver medalist at the World Single Distance Championships, is in third place with 320 points, behind Kjeld Nuis (400) and Kai Verbij (370), both from the Netherlands. Laurent Dubreuil is in 17th place.

De Haître will also take part in the 1500m where he is currently sitting in tenth position with 142 points, 128 points away of third place.

He will also be in the team pursuit event with Ted-Jan Bloemen and Jordan Belchos where Canada is fifth with 210 points, 70 points away from first place, and in the team sprint with Laurent Dubreuil and Olivier Jean. Canada is the reigning team sprint World Cup champion and is currently sitting in first place this season.

“I will have a packed schedule at World Cup Final, said Vincent De Haître. With the 1000m and Team Pursuit on the first day and the 1500m and Team Sprint on the second day, it will be a true test of my resilience as an athlete.”

“Based on how the season has been unfolding, I’m hoping to step up once more on the podium for the 1000m. As for the 1500m, I’ll be looking for a top five. In the team sprint, we are looking to maintain our first overall World Cup ranking. And in the team pursuit, I’m very excited to stretch my legs out and see what I can do”, concluded Vincent De Haître.

In the 5000m, Ted-Jan Bloemen is third with 293 points and Jordan Belchos, 16th with 85 points. Jorrit Bergsma is leading with 330 points, followed by Peter Michael (310) of New Zealand. Bloemen won two medals this season in that distance, including a gold medal in Germany and a bronze in Kazakhstan.

“I’ll be looking to defend my medal position in the World Cup rankings, said Ted-Jan Bloemen. Stavanger is a nice place to be and I’m expecting an exciting competition!”

In the 500m, Marsha Hudey is currently sitting in 6th position with 311 points while Laurent Dubreuil is in 11th place with 254 points, at only 54 points off the third place.

In the men’s Mass Start, Jordan Belchos is 14th (98 points) and Olivier Jean, 22nd (32).

Todd McClements will be the coach of the Canadian skaters.

The skaters would also like to thank those who contributed to their participation to this World Cup Final: Jordan Belchos (Ontario Speed Skating), Ted-Jan Bloemen (TSA Group Delft B.V., CANFund, Speed Skating Alberta), Ivanie Blondin (CANFund, Ontario Speed Skating and a private donation), Vincent De Haître (Lenovo, CanFund, Ontario Speed Skating Association), Laurent Dubreuil (Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec and Torbjørn Ladstein Fjeld), Marsha Hudey (Jordan St. Onge from the Regina Speed Skating Club who created a GoFundMe page and all those that donated), Olivier Jean (Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec).

Members of the Canadian national team for ISU Final World Cup

-BLONDIN, Ivanie (Ottawa, ON) – 3000m, Mass Start
-HUDEY, Marsha (White City, SK) – 500m

-BELCHOS, Jordan (Toronto, ON) – Mass Start, Team Pursuit
-BLOEMEN, Ted-Jan (Calgary, AB) – 5000m, Team Pursuit
-DE HAÎTRE, Vincent (Cumberland, ON) – 1000m, 1500m, Team Pursuit, Team Sprint
-DUBREUIL, Laurent (Lévis, QC) – 500m, 1000m, Team Sprint
-JEAN, Olivier (Lachenaie, QC) – Mass Start, Team Sprint

More details are available at Speed Skating Canada’s web site at

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 sponsors Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, City of Montreal, Calgary Olympic Oval and WinSport Canada.

For information:
Patrick Godbout
Communications & Media Relations Manager
Speed Skating Canada
Phone: 514 213-9897

Kerry Dankers
Long Track Program and Communications Coordinator
Speed Skating Canada
Phone: 403-589-8960

Le Canada représenté par sept patineurs de vitesse sur longue piste à la Finale des Coupes du monde en Norvège

Les compétitions auront lieu cette fin de semaine, les 11 et 12 mars, à Stavanger, en Norvège

Calgary, le 9 mars 2017 – Le Canada sera représenté par sept patineurs de vitesse sur longue piste à la Finale des Coupes du monde de l’ISU qui se déroulera les 11 et 12 mars à Stavanger, en Norvège, alors que Jordan Belchos de Toronto, ON, Ted-Jan Bloemen de Calgary, AB, Ivanie Blondin d’Ottawa, ON, Vincent De Haître de Cumberland, ON, Laurent Dubreuil de Lévis, QC, Marsha Hudey de White City, SK, et Olivier Jean de Lachenaie, QC, prendront part à la compétition.

La Finale des Coupes du monde est réservée aux meilleurs patineurs selon le classement des Coupes du monde à l’issue des cinq premières étapes, tel qu’indiqué dans la communication #2031 de l’ISU, incluant les 12 meilleurs au 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 3000m et au 5000m, les 20 meilleurs en départ en groupe et les six meilleurs dans les épreuves en équipe. Les patineurs canadiens avaient également à financer leur participation en vue de cette compétition.

À la Finale des Coupes du monde, les points accordés sont majorés pour les cinq premières positions. Le gagnant de chaque course méritera donc 150 points au lieu de 100 pour les autres Coupes du monde, le suivant, 120 points (80), 104 (70) points pour la troisième position, 90 (60) pour la quatrième et 76 (50) pour la cinquième, sauf au 500m où chacune des deux courses vaut la moitié des points (75 points pour le gagnant de chaque course).

Revanche pour Ivanie Blondin
En départ en groupe féminin, Ivanie Blondin sera en quête de vengeance après avoir pris le 10e rang aux derniers Championnats mondiaux de distances individuelles et deuxième au classement des Coupes du monde l’an dernier. Blondin, avec 308 points, est présentement au deuxième rang derrière Bo-Reum Kim de la Corée du Sud qui totalise 340 points et qui a mérité l’or aux Championnats mondiaux de distances individuelles 2017.

Ivanie Blondin participera également au 3000m. Elle occupe le neuvième rang avec 176 points.

« J’aimerais avoir un meilleur classement au 3000m et, pour le départ en groupe, j’aimerais terminer avec une bonne course et remporter une victoire pour notre équipe, a déclaré Blondin. Ce sera difficile et peut-être que ça ne marchera pas, mais je vais définitivement tout donner pour remettre la main sur le titre et, une fois de plus, acquérir de l’expérience supplémentaire en vue de la prochaine saison. De plus, à la suite des Championnats mondiaux de distances individuelles, il y a également un peu de vengeance qui coule dans mes veines. Compétitionner est la raison pour laquelle je vis et je vais me présenter et compétitionner dans chacune des courses. »

Fin de semaine occupée pour Vincent De Haître
Vincent De Haître sera très occupé cette fin de semaine en prenant part à quatre épreuves : le 1000m, 1500m, sprint en équipe et poursuite en équipe.

Au 1000m, Vincent De Haître, médaillé d’argent aux Championnats mondiaux de distances individuelles, est en troisième position avec 320 points, derrière les Néerlandais Kjeld Nuis (400) et Kai Verbij (370). Laurent Dubreuil est en 17e position.

De Haître sera également du départ du 1500m où il occupe présentement la 10e place avec 142 points, à 128 points de la troisième position.

Il participera aussi à l’épreuve de la poursuite en équipe en compagnie de Ted-Jan Bloemen et de Jordan Belchos où le Canada est au cinquième rang avec 210 points, à 70 points de la première place, ainsi qu’en sprint en équipe avec Laurent Dubreuil et Olivier Jean. Le Canada est le champion défendant des Coupes du monde en sprint en équipe et est présentement au premier rang du classement cette saison.

« J’aurai un horaire chargé à la Finale des Coupes du monde, a dit Vincent De Haître. Avec le 1000m et la poursuite en équipe lors de la première journée et le 1500m et le sprint en équipe le jour suivant, ce sera un vrai test de résilience en tant qu’athlète. »

« Considérant comment la saison s’est déroulée, j’espère monter une fois de plus sur le podium au 1000m. Quant au 1500m, je suis à la recherche d’un top cinq. En sprint en équipe, nous voulons conserver notre premier rang au classement des Coupes du monde. Et en poursuite en équipe, je suis très excité de pouvoir me délier les jambes à nouveau et de voir ce que je peux faire », a conclu Vincent De Haître.

Au 5000m, Ted-Jan Bloemen est troisième avec 293 points alors que Jordan Belchos occupe le 16e rang avec 85 points. Jorrit Bergsma est en tête avec 330 points, suivi de Peter Michael (310) de la Nouvelle-Zélande. Bloemen a remporté deux médailles cette saison dans cette épreuve, incluant une médaille d’or en Allemagne et une de bronze au Kazakhstan.

« Mon objectif sera de défendre ma position de médaille dans le classement des Coupes du monde, a dit Ted-Jan Bloemen. Stavanger est tellement une belle place et j’anticipe une compétition excitante! »

Au 500m, Marsha Hudey occupe le sixième rang avec 311 points alors que Laurent Dubreuil est en 11e place avec 254 points, à seulement 54 de la troisième position.

En départ en groupe masculin, Jordan Belchos est 14e (98 points) et Olivier Jean, 22e (32).

Todd McClements sera l’entraîneur pour les patineurs canadiens.

Les patineurs aimeraient remercier ceux qui ont contribué à leur participation à la Finale des Coupes du monde : Jordan Belchos (Ontario Speed Skating), Ted-Jan Bloemen (TSA Group Delft B.V., CANFund, Speed Skating Alberta), Ivanie Blondin (CANFund, Ontario Speed Skating et un don privé), Vincent De Haître (Lenovo, CanFund, Ontario Speed Skating Association), Laurent Dubreuil (Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec et Torbjørn Ladstein Fjeld), Marsha Hudey (Jordan St. Onge du club Regina Speed Skating qui a créé une page GoFundMe et tous ceux qui ont contribué), Olivier Jean (Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec).

Membres de l’équipe canadienne pour la Finale des Coupes du monde

-BLONDIN, Ivanie (Ottawa, ON) – 3000m, départ en groupe
-HUDEY, Marsha (White City, SK) – 500m

-BELCHOS, Jordan (Toronto, ON) – départ en groupe, poursuite en équipe
-BLOEMEN, Ted-Jan (Calgary, AB) – 5000m, poursuite en équipe
-DE HAÎTRE, Vincent (Cumberland, ON) – 1000m, 1500m, poursuite en équipe, sprint en équipe
-DUBREUIL, Laurent (Lévis, QC) – 500m, 1000m, sprint en équipe
-JEAN, Olivier (Lachenaie, QC) – départ en groupe, sprint en équipe

Des détails supplémentaires sont disponibles sur le site Internet de Patinage de vitesse Canada au

À propos de Patinage de vitesse Canada
Patinage de vitesse Canada (PVC) est l’organisme régissant le patinage de vitesse longue piste et courte piste de compétition au Canada. Fondé en 1887, il se compose aujourd’hui de 13 associations provinciales et territoriales, ce qui représente plus de 14 000 membres. Depuis 1932, 63 médailles olympiques ont été récoltées par les patineurs de vitesse canadiens. PVC les salue, ainsi que les entraîneurs, officiels et intervenants qui ont permis à ces athlètes de marquer l’histoire du sport. L’organisme croit que le sport est un apprentissage pour la vie et prône le respect des autres, l’intégrité, l’excellence dans l’effort ainsi qu’un environnement sain et sécuritaire. PVC reconnaît et valorise ses généreux bénévoles qui consacrent leur temps et leur expertise à la bonne pratique du sport.

PVC est fier de son commanditaire Premium Intact Assurance avec lequel il partage des valeurs d’excellence. PVC compte aussi sur le soutien financier de ses fidèles partenaires, le gouvernement du Canada, À nous le podium, la Ville de Montréal, l’Ovale olympique de Calgary et WinSport Canada.

Pour information :
Patrick Godbout
Responsable des communications et des relations avec les médias
Patinage de vitesse Canada
Courriel :
Téléphone : 514 213-9897
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Kerry Dankers
Coordonnatrice du programme sur longue piste et des communications
Patinage de vitesse Canada
Courriel :
Téléphone: 403-589-8960
Site Internet:


Weidemann siblings shine on ice Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:12:19 +0000 Excerpt from The Ottawa Citizen

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As a high-performance athlete, long-track speed skater Isabelle Weidemann is accustomed to making sacrifices for the pursuit of excellence.

But when she couldn’t be home in Ottawa with her family for Christmas 2015, well, that was hard to accept. But the Calgary-based, national development and NextGen team athlete had no choice. There was no time for a break with the all-important Canadian single-distance championships fast approaching.

So, for Christmas 2016, Weidemann’s mother, Laurel Rockwell, took control of the situation and flew to Calgary with husband, John Weidemann, and daughter Lily, and rented a house to celebrate the family occasion. For their part, Isabelle, her brother Jake and sister Lily gave their parents a memorable gift in return — they all competed at the national championships or Canada Cup 2 meets at the Olympic Oval.

It was the first time the three Weidemann siblings had competed at such a high level under one roof. And they emerged with a variety of significant achievements under the watchful eyes of their cheering parents.

“We always spend the holidays together, but last year was hard for me to be away. But sacrifices had to be made because of the competition,” said Isabelle, who earned four medals, including two gold, at the 2017 Canadian single-distance championships.

“It meant the world to me for my parents to come out, to watch me, to cheer for me and to want me to do well. It meant the world to me for Jake and Lily to do well. We all enjoyed it,” said Isabelle, who followed the lead of a family friend at age 12 and replaced downhill skiing with speed skating as her winter sport.

Isabelle stood on the medal podium following all four of her national championship races. After a disappointing 3,000 metres, where she still tied for second with Brianne Tutt of Airdrie, Alta., in a mediocre 4 minutes 11.38 seconds, Isabelle rebounded the next day by defending her 5,000-metre title with a better all-around effort in 7:13.28.

The victory also qualified her for her second straight world senior single-distance championships, which will christen the 2018 Winter Olympic oval, Feb. 9-12 in Gangneung, South Korea. She will test herself against the clock in the 5,000 metres, where she was fifth in 2016, the 3,000 metres and team pursuit with Ottawa’s Ivanie Blondin and Tutt. She also is a spare for the 1,500 metres.

Isabelle finished her national championships by placing third in the 1,500 metres in 1:58.43 and winning her first mass-start title.

Jake, who at 20 is an Ontario Quest for Gold-funded athlete but practises with the Calgary Oval training group in the shadow of the national men’s team, raced four times at the nationals. He finished sixth in the men’s 5,000 metres in 6:41.61, and also competed in the 500 metres, 1,500 metres and mass start.

Lily, 17, had the most demanding schedule and competition with six Canada Cup 2 races against senior-level skaters just below the national team. At the Ontario long-course championships at Brewer Park earlier this month, Lily, who also plans to train and attend the University of Calgary in September, captured the women’s all-around title by winning the 3,000 and 1,500 (tie) metres and placing second in the 500 and 1,000 metres.

While Isabelle sees Jake on a regular basis, since they share a house with national-level speed skaters Graeme Fish and Simon Coutts, having the three Weidemanns race in front of their parents was an uplifting experience.

“It was fun. We all cheered for each other. It was really exciting to watch my sister experience it and skate fast, and to watch my brother experience some success and have some PRs (personal-record times),” Isabelle said.

All three skaters also had their parents cheering loudly. Laurel “usually stands in the corner of the oval and is more encouraging than coaching,” Isabelle added.

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Ability Meet – Club de patinage de vitesse Gatineau Sun, 08 Jan 2017 20:19:22 +0000 Gatineau, December 2016


Ability Meet

It is with pleasure that the Club de patinage de vitesse Gatineau invites you to participate in its annual speed skating ability meet.

When:Sunday, January 29th 2017
Where: Aréna Baribeau – 231, rue Magnus Est / Gatineau, Quebec / J8P 4Z7
Registration cost: $40/skater
Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 17th to Lisa (Gloucester Concordes)
Categories: Cradle to intermediate (5 to 18 years old)

Mandatory equipment: (iKevlar ankle protectors, (ii) safety goggles, and (iii) a hockey or speed skating helmet are required (no other types of helmets are accepted).

  • Using the skater registration/waiver form below, please submit the registration & fees to the Concordes’ Registrar at the office (Lisa:
  • Please make sure to indicate:
    • the skater’s age on July 1st 2016,
    • along with their best time for the 400m distance (100 m track) or 500m distance (111 track), or for skaters age 5 to 7, their time for 200m distance.
  • The registration fees must be paid by cheque payable to: Gloucester Concordes Speed Skating Club.
  • Schedule Registration Check-In 7:15 to 7:45
  • Warm-up Starting at 8:00
  • Races begin at 8:50

Waiting to greet you with a warm welcome,
CPV Gatineau

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Brewer Park Oval supervision Sun, 08 Jan 2017 19:54:51 +0000 As part of the funding received by the City, we, along with the Ottawa Pacers have to ensure supervision is provided during peak hours during the week (evenings) and weekends.

As such, we ask that ALL families commit to a minimum of 2 hours of supervision over the next two months.

All you need to do is sign up using the following link.

Rest assured, supervision is not complicated, just ask other parents who have already done it…they’ll be happy to help (Lookup the Google Sheet with the link to find those already signed up).

Your child/children can use their regular short track skating gear to skate on the oval.


Our Alumni – Your Inspiration ! Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:52:45 +0000 Bravo à nos anciens pour leurs succès: Vincent et Ivanie, récompensés en Or et Argent.  Tu as l’opportunité d’en faire autant!

Our alumni achieve success, Vincent with Gold, Ivanie with Silver.  You could be next !