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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 Games, taking place in Lake Placid next January.

Eight Canadian student-athletes will hit the outdoor ice at the James B. Sheffield Olympic Skating Rink – the site where Gaétan Boucher won silver in the 1000m at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games – with hopes of winning Canada’s first-ever long track speed skating medal at the FISU Games.

An optional sport in the FISU program, speed skating will be making its 12th appearance in Lake Placid. The sport made its debut at Innsbruck 1968 for men and Rovaniemi 1970 for women.

The speed skating program for the 2023 FISU World University Winter Games runs 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 take part 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 in Lake Placid by national program assistant coaches and Olympians Shannon Rempel and Muncef Ouardi, with support from physiotherapist Lauren Vickery.




Name university hometown
Laura Hall University of Calgary Salmon Arm, B.C.
Rose-Anne Grenier Laval University Sainte-Marie, Que.
Anna Bourgeois University of Calgary Calgary, Alta.
Laurie Cayer Laval University Lévis, Que.


Name university hometown
Frank Roth University of Calgary Calgary, Alta.
David La Rue Laval University Montreal, Que.
Joshua Telizyn Thompson Rivers University Fort St. John, B.C.
Hubert Marcotte Laval University Pont-Rouge, Que.


  • Coach and Team Leader: Shannon Rempel (Winnipeg, Man.)
  • Coach: Muncef Ouardi (Québec City, Que.)
  • Physiotherapist: Lauren Vickery (Edmonton, Alta.)