Speed Skating Canada announced the athletes who will make up the long track national speed skating teams for next season and four Manitobans were among the 34 skaters chosen. Speed Skating Canada breaks down the athletes into three different teams.
Winnipeg’s Heather McLean was named to the National Elite Pool. The 23-year-old won her first World Cup individual medal last season, capturing a bronze medal in the 500 metre. It’ll be McLean’s fourth season on the national team.
Stefan Waples of Winnipeg was chosen for the National Senior Pool.
Waples, 29, first competed at a World Cup event in 2011.
Winnipeg’s Sam Deckert and Tyson Langelaar both cracked the National Development Pool. It’s the first time Langelaar is a part of the national team as a supported athlete. He was on the Junior National Team in the 2015-2016 season.
The National Development Pool is for younger athletes who skated in the 2016 World Junior Championships. The Elite pool is for skaters who had a top 10 finish at the 2016 World Single Distance Championships while the National Senior Pool is made up of athletes who had an 11th to 25th place finish at any World Cup events.
Members of the 2016-2017 National Elite Pool
BELCHOS, Jordan (Markham, ON)
BLOEMEN, Ted-Jan (Calgary, AB)
BLONDIN, Ivanie (Ottawa, ON)
BOISVERT-LACROIX, Alex (Sherbrooke, QC)
De HAÎTRE, Vincent (Cumberland, ON)
DUBREUIL, Laurent (Lévis, Saint-Étienne-de-Lauzon borough, QC)
DUTTON, William (Humboldt, SK)
HUDEY, Marsha (White City, SK)
JUNIO, Gilmore (Calgary, AB)
McLEAN, Heather (Winnipeg, MB)
MORRISON, Denny (Fort St. John, B.C.)
ST-JEAN, Alexandre (Quebec City, QC)
Members of the 2016-2017 National Senior Pool
CHRIST, Kali (Regina, SK)
IRVINE, Kaylin (Calgary, AB)
JANSSENS, Alec (Chilliwack, B.C.)
JEAN, Olivier (Lachenaie, QC)
SPENCE, Josie (Kamloops, B.C.)
WAPLES, Stefan (Winnipeg, MB)
WATSON, Robert (Whitby, ON)
Members of the 2016-2017 National Development Pool
CLOUTHIER, Braden (Dawson Creek, B.C.)
DECKERT, Sam (Winnipeg, MB)
DONNELLY, Ben (Oshawa, ON)
DUBREUIL, Daniel (Lévis, Saint-Étienne-de-Lauzon borough, QC)
FIOLA, Christopher (Montréal, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough, QC)
FISET, Noémie (Quebec City, Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap-Rouge borough, QC)
FISH, Graeme (Moose Jaw, SK)
GRAHAM, Jacob (Dawson Creek, B.C.)
HENKELMAN, Jordan (Calgary, AB)
HUNTER, Cooper (De Winton, AB)
LAMARCHE, Béatrice (Quebec City, Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap-Rouge borough, QC)
LANGELAAR, Tyson (Winnipeg, MB)
PEARMAN, Maddison (Ponoka, AB)
RUEL-GARVEY, Alex (Calgary, AB)
WEIDEMANN, Isabelle (Ottawa, ON)