Olympic speed skaters Shannon Rempel and Muncef Ouardi named to coaching staff
OTTAWA, ONTARIO – U SPORTS and Speed Skating Canada are proud to announce the Canadian long track speed skaters selected to represent Canada at the 2023 FISU World University Winter Gameswhich will take place in Lake Placid next January.
Eight Canadian student-athletes will take to the outdoor ice of the James B. Sheffield Olympic Rink – the site where Gaétan Boucher won the silver medal in the 1000m at the 1980 Winter Olympics – in the hope of winning the all first Canadian medal in speed skating at the FISU World University Games.
An optional sport at the Winter Universiade, speed skating will make his 12e appearance at Lake Placid. The sport debuted at Innsbruck 1968 for men and Rovaniemi 1970 for women.
The speed skating program for the 2023 FISU World University Winter Games will take place from January 15-20 and will feature the men’s and women’s 500m, 1000m, 1500m, mass start and team pursuit. The women will also compete in the 3000m, while the men will skate the 5000m.
The Canadian team was selected based on their results at the 2022 Canadian Long Track Speed Skating Championships, which took place in Quebec City from October 13-16. These eight skaters will be led to Lake Placid by national program assistant coaches and Olympians Shannon Rempel and Muncef Ouardi, with support from physical therapist Lauren Vickery.
- Laura Hall (Salmon Arm, BC; University of Calgary)
- Rose-Anne Grenier (Sainte-Marie, Qc; Laval University)
- Anna Bourgeois (Calgary, AB; University of Calgary)
- Laurie Cayer (Lévis, QC; Laval University)
- Frank Roth (Calgary, AB; University of Calgary)
- David La Rue (Montreal, QC; Laval University)
- Joshua Telizyn (Fort St. John, BC; Thompson Rivers University)
- Hubert Marcotte (Pont-Rouge, Qc; Laval University)
- Shannon Rempel, coach and team leader (Winnipeg, Man.)
- Muncef Ouardi, coach (Quebec, QC)
- Lauren Vickery, physiotherapist (Edmonton, AB)