Catriona Le May Doan Challenges Canadians to Vote for the Country's Best Speed Skating Story

    - Top 8 Video Stories from Across Canada are Now Online, Voting in the
    ING Speed Skating Challenge Begins February 11 -

    CALGARY, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - Catriona Le May Doan and National Speed Skating
Team Guest Judges Kristina Groves and Olivier Jean have been searching for the
best speed skating story in Canada, and they've narrowed their search to the
Top 8.
    For Catriona, the ING Speed Skating Challenge isn't a competition to find
the best young speed skater in Canada. More importantly, it's about finding
the best speed skating stories and experiences that kids have to share.
    "When we launched the ING Speed Skating Challenge, the goal was to give
young skaters in communities across Canada a voice - a way of telling the rest
of the country why they love the sport. And they've really responded to the
challenge," said Catriona.
    With dozens of videos received from Yellowknife to Oakville, from Nunavut
to Saint John, and Laval to Lloydminster, the judges had the difficult task of
determining which stories would be made available for online voting.
    Here, officially, are the Top 8 video stories from across the country (in
no particular order):

    -   Cedrik Blais, Les Ailes d'Or de Lasalle, Québec
    -   Sarah Ali, Iqaluit Speed Skating Club, Nunavut
    -   Alastair Starke, Lloydminster Border Blades Speed Skating Club,
    -   Taylor White, Cambridge Speed Skating Club, Ontario
    -   Andrea Johnson, Winnipeg Speed Skating Club, Manitoba
    -   Benjamin Tam, Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association, Alberta
    -   Connor Lee, Newmarket Jets Speed Skating Club, Ontario
    -   Sarah Pousette, Prince George Blizzard Speed Skating Club, British

    Now it's Canada's turn.
    Voting officially begins online today at The country will decide who has Canada's
best speed skating story.
    The winner will be crowned on March 15, 2008 at the ING Video Awards
Party during the season's final weekend of competition during the ING Finale
at the Olympic Oval in Calgary.
    ING and Speed Skating Canada partners have provided over $25,000 in
prizes for clubs and young skaters.


    -   Challenge opened: November 14, 2007
    -   Challenge closed: February 3, 2008 (Video Entry Deadline)
    -   Voting begins: February 11, 2008
    -   Canada's best speed skating story is crowned: March 15, 2008
    -   Prizes: Over $25,000 in cash and prizes available to be won


    Kristina Groves, Long Track
    Kristina has been with Canada's Long Track Team for 11 seasons, and in
that time has made many trips to the World Cup and Olympic Podiums. Away from
the oval she's a proud supporter of Right To Play. You can read her blog at

    Olivier Jean, Short Track
    Olivier burst on to the short track scene in the 2006-2007 season and
reached the podium in every World Cup race he entered. He's also an inline
racer and won the 2006 Canadian Sprint Championships.


    In 2006, ING Canada announced our Premier Partnership with Speed Skating
Canada, which involves a commitment to the sport for over the next six years.
With this support, we hope both to help elite athletes achieve their gold
medal dreams, and to further grow this sport in communities across the
    For ING, this partnership represents a great fit as it ties into our
roots in the Netherlands, where speed skating originated, and it complements
other existing ING sponsorships in Canada, most notably the Calgary Olympic
    "ING in Canada is dedicated to high performance - for our customers,
brokers, and employees," said Derek Iles, President of ING Insurance Company
of Canada. "By partnering with Speed Skating Canada, we hope to work together
to highlight and build on the performances and achievements of Canada's speed
skating champions and to bring the sport of speed skating to communities
across the country, where our customers and brokers work and live."
    We're proud of our involvement in both ING On The Edge, a program that
works with Speed Skating Canada to bring speed skating into elementary schools
and provide young people with skating instruction, and the just launched ING
Speed Skating Challenge - the search for Canada's best speed skating story. As
a national organization that operates in many communities across Canada, we
are always looking for a way to give back to those communities and make a


    ING Insurance is the largest auto, property and liability insurer in
Canada with a network of more than 2,800 independent insurance brokerages. It
is part of ING Canada (TSX: IIC), which provides insurance products to
individuals and businesses through ING Insurance and other subsidiaries.

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Sport Marketing, (403) 585-8242,; Maria MacAulay,
Communications Manager, ING Insurance Company of Canada, (403) 697-6833,

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