St-Gelais, Hamelin headline Canada’s roster for short-track championships

St-Gelais, Hamelin headline Canada’s roster for short-track championships

MONTREAL — Olympic medallists Marianne St-Gelais and Charles Hamelin headline Canada’s short-track speedskating roster for the upcoming ISU World Championships and World Cup.

Speed Skating Canada announced Thursday the 10-skater team — five men and five women — who will compete at the World Championships from Mar. 10-12 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The same roster will represent Canada at fifth stop of the World Cup circuit in Dresden, Germany from Feb. 3-5.

Three skaters from each gender will skate in the individual races with the top eight skaters in overall standings having the opportunity to collect additional points by taking part in the 3,000-metre Super Final.

St-Gelais of Saint-Felicien, Que., Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, Que., and Marie-Eve Drolet from Chicoutimi, Que., will compete on the women’s side.

Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., is joined by Samuel Girard of Ferland-et-Boilleau, Que., and Charle Cournoyer from Boucherville, Que., on the men’s team.

Valerie Maltais of Saguenay, Que., and Pascal Dion from Montreal were awarded spots because they both finished fourth in combined standings while Kasandra Bradette, also of Saint-Felicien, and Guillaume Bastille of Riviere-du-Loup, Que., were awarded the fifth spots on the team.

Francois Hamelin, also of Sainte-Julie, and Jamie Macdonald of Fort St. James, B.C., were named substitutes.

Canada won nine medals at the World Championships last year highlighted by St-Gelais’s gold in the 1,500 and silver in the 500. Hamelin won gold in the 1,000.

The Canadian Press

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