FREDERICTON, NB, March 20, 2015 /CNW/ - Irving Oil and TransCanada Corporation (TransCanada) have teamed up as co-sponsors for this year's Canada East Short Track Championships – contributing $15,000 to the national speed skating event, which is being hosted in Fredericton, New Brunswick, for the first time this year.
"You can't do an event like this without community partners," said Trevor Corey, President of the Fredericton Amateur Speed Skating Club and Chair of the Host Committee for this year's Canada East Short Track Championships in Fredericton. "Securing the Irving Oil and TransCanada co-sponsorship has been integral to the success of the Championships."
The Canada East Short Track Championships event is focused on young speed skaters in the Training to Train stage of development, which includes males 12-16 years of age and females 11-15 years of age. The event brings together the best skaters in this age category from the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario and the territory of Nunavut.
"Sports provide our young people with the opportunity to have fun while learning the life lessons of hard work, dedication and determination – the same principles that we embrace and value at Irving Oil," said Kevin Scott, Chief Human Resource Officer at Irving Oil. "We're proud to partner with TransCanada to co-sponsor this year's Canada East Short Track Championships."
The Canada East Short Track Championships event is one of two speed skating competitions at the national level in Canada that recognize the best developing skaters in the country. This year's host province will be represented by 24 athletes from across New Brunswick, with competitors from every speed skating club in the province.
"TransCanada is proud to support this championship and those who strive to be the best," says Patrick Lacroix, New Brunswick Lead, Energy East Pipeline Project. "We are committed to support organizations and initiatives that bring communities together and this sponsorship is just one of the ways TransCanada is supporting its neighbours in New Brunswick."
The Canada East Short Track Speed Skating Championship is taking place at the Grant Harvey Centre in Fredericton this weekend, from March 21 - 22. For more information about Canada East Short Track Championships, please visit www.speedskating.ca/events/canada-east-championships
About Irving Oil
Irving Oil is a privately owned regional energy and marketing company that provides Eastern Canada and New England with high-quality products and customer service. Founded in 1924 and based in Saint John, NB, Irving Oil maintains a strong tradition of committed community service and partnerships through programs in healthcare, the environment, education and youth sports. For more information about Irving Oil and its community programs, please visit us at www.irvingoil.com or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/irvingoil.
With more than 60 years' experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and liquids pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates a network of natural gas pipelines that extends more than 68,500 kilometres (42,500 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent's largest providers of gas storage and related services with more than 400 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns or has interests in over 11,800 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is developing one of North America's largest liquids delivery systems. TransCanada's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. Visit TransCanada.com and our blog to learn more, or follow us on social media and 3BL Media.
About Fredericton Amateur Speed Skating Club
Fredericton Amateur Speed Skating Club (FASSCI) works with athletes, coaches, parents and the Fredericton community in alignment with the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles to develop and promote the sport of speed skating at all levels as a fun, competitive, healthy, family activity. Supporting The Nine Stages of Athlete Development, FASSCI offers a variety of skating programs for recreational to high performance skaters; for those wanting to learn to skate to athletes wanting to improve their on-ice speed and power for hockey or ringette; or for the beginner to nationally ranked speed skating athlete.
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For further information: Sam Robinson, Public Affairs, Irving Oil, 506.650.4947, firstname.lastname@example.org; Tim Duboyce, Media Relations, TransCanada, 1.800.608.7859, email@example.com; Duncan McSporran, Communications Director, Fredericton Amateur Speed Skating Club, 506.470.8522, firstname.lastname@example.org