Short Track Speed Skating


Sport History

The roots of ice skating date back over 1,000 years to the frozen canals and waterways of Scandinavia and the Netherlands when men laced animal bones to their footwear and glided across frozen lakes and rivers.

Credit for the first pair of all-iron skates goes to a Scotsman who invented them in 1592. The iron blade accelerated the spread of speed skating and in 1642 the Skating Club of Edinburgh was formed. In 1763 the world's first organized speed skating race, which covered a distance of slightly more than 24 kilometres, was held on the Fens in England.

Long track speed skating has been part of the Canada Games since the first Canada Winter Games in 1967 in Quebec City with the exception of the 1987 and 1991 Canada Winter Games.  Short track speed skating was first introduced at the 1983 Canada Winter Games in  Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Québec. 


Provinces and territories will have teams of five male and five female athletes. To be eligible, athletes must be born between July 1, 1999 and June 30, 2004. 


There will be five different events for short track speed skaters at the 2019 Games. Men and women will race separately in the 500m, 1000m, 1500m, and 3000m events. There will also be a 3000m relay event for men and women. For full details on short track speed skating events, visit the Canada Games website. 

Notable Alumni

  • Marianne St-Gelais

  • Olivier Jean

  • Charles Hamelin

  • Amélie Goulet-Nadon

  • François-Louis Tremblay

  • Marie-Eve Drolet

  • Amanda Overland

  • Jonathan Guilmette

  • Alanna Kraus

  • Christine Boudrias

  • Francois Drolet

  • Marc Gagnon

  • Éric Bédard

  • Derrick Campbell

  • Annie Perreault

  • Nathalie Lambert

  • Sylvie Daigle

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