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Speed Skating Canada – Ottawa, May 2, 2017 – Speed Skating Canada today announced changes to its high performance leadership with Brian Rahill no longer serving as the High Performance Director.

“First of all, on behalf of Speed Skating Canada’s members, we would like to thank Brian Rahill for his service and contributions that helped our long track and short track speed skating programs to achieve international successes in the past years and we would like to wish him the best in his future endeavours,” said Speed Skating Canada’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Susan Auch.

“At this point leading up to the 2018 Olympic Games, we feel that athletes are on the right track to repeat these performances in PyeongChang,” added Auch. “From an organizational point of view, we are excited about the potential of this organization beyond 2018, and we feel that a change of direction in this position is in the best interest of our sport to achieve the vision and direction of Speed Skating Canada to help build our programs for the post-2018 era.”

“While maintaining and respecting the work that has gone into creating the current plan heading towards the 2018 Olympic Games, Speed Skating Canada will ensure a smooth transition and views this change as a tremendous opportunity to improve our expected results.”

Speed Skating Canada will now evaluate and start the process to fill the responsibilities related to this position. While that process is underway, the high performance programs will operate under interim leadership of existing staff, overseen as before by the CEO.

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.

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