Volume 12 Week 5

Tuesday, Jan. 21


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Orléans Ward
Matt Luloff

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Cyrville Ward
Tim Tierney


Speed Skating
East end pair win four gold at Canadian long track championships
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Vincent de Haitre and Isabelle Wedemann were golden at the Canadian Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in Calgary. File photos

Judging by the results at the recent Canadian Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in Calgary, the future of the sport is in good hands and two pairs of those hands belong to athletes from the east end.

Former Gloucester Concordes teammates Isabelle Weidemann and Vincent de Haitre combined for four gold medals at the national championships, solidifying their position on the national team in the process.

Weidemann won her first ever senior gold medal on Day 2 of the event, eclipsing fellow Orléans native Ivanie Blondin in the 3000-metres. The next day the 20-year-old doubled up with a gold medal skate in the 5000-metres after Blondin pulled out of the event.

The win in the 3000-metres automaticaally qualified Weidemann for the next World Cup event in Norway on Jan. 29-31. The top Canadian in that event other than Blondin will join her at the World Single Distance Championships in Kolomna, Russia on Feb. 11-14.

Weidemann could also compete in the 5000-metres at the World Championships, but that decision will be up to Spped Skating Canada which likely announce the World Championship team after the World Cup in Norway.

Cumberland's Vincent de Haitre has already earned a spot on the team based on his results in the fall. His first place performances in the 1500- and 1000-metres in Calgary merely solidified his position.

“My coach and I wanted to show why I was pre-qualified for the 1000 and the 1500, so I’m glad that I could win both,” said de Haître.

For Weidemann, each event provides her with the opportunity to gain valuable experience and improve her world ranking.

“I hope to improve my ranking to a top-10 spot internationally and hopefully skate some more personal bests, and learn a lot in the process,” said Weidemann.

A victorious Isabelle Weudemann stands between Ivanie Blondin and Josie Spence after winning the 3000-metres in Calgary. Speed Skating Canada photo

(Posted 3:30 p.m., Jan. 9)


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