OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Speed Skating Canada announced today that the Shields Family of British Columbia was awarded the Gagné Family Award, while the City of Sherbrooke was recognized with the Sport Champion Award as the Partner of the Year, as part of the 2019-2020 Speed Skating Canada Awards program. Read the full story at Speed Skating Canada.

The Gagné Family Award honours the family legacies that run through the Canadian speed skating community and is bestowed upon a family whose members have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the sport.

This year’s award is presented to the Shields Family of British Columbia, who are often credited with introducing the sport to Vancouver Island. Three of the family members were accomplished athletes, reaching the national level. Four family members were dedicated coaches, administrators, and officials and two are still actively involve in speed skating today.