Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 16, 2009 17:15 ET

Statement by the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), on the Occasion of World Cup Events in Speed Skating

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 16, 2009) - Canadian speed skaters are well on their way to owning the podium at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. On November 14-15, 2009, short track events in Marquette, Michigan, together with long track events in Heerenveen, Netherlands, provided opportunities for our Canadian athletes to shine.

Canadians brought home seven medals from Marquette. Francois-Louis Tremblay won gold in the 500 metre race, and the men's team won a gold medal in the 5,000 metre relay. Canadian athletes also won a silver and four bronze medals. In Heerenveen, Canadian athletes brought home four medals. Christine Nesbitt won the gold medal in the women's 1,000 metre race and the Canadian women's team pursuit also took gold. Canadian athletes also won a silver and a bronze.

As Minister of State (Sport) and on behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate gold medallists Francois-Louis Tremblay and Christine Nesbitt, and the other members of the Canadian team. Canadians across the country are proud to see our speed skaters at the top of their game, and we look forward to cheering on all of our athletes at the 2010 Winter Games.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    819-934-1122