ANASTASIA BUCSIS RIGHT TO PLAY ATHLETE AMBASSADOR: SPEED SKATING
We are thrilled to welcome Anastasia Bucsis to the Air Guitar Canada National Championships at the Mod Club, in Toronto this Saturday.
Our connection to Right to Play spans 4 years and over $15,000 raised in support of their work giving children opportunities to find joy and learn through the power of sport and play. According to Right To Play, it takes just $50 to give a child a full year of twice a week play based activities. We’ve helped support almost 300 children with our efforts. We are excited to do more.
Anastasia will welcome our competitors and share a little about the work of Right To Play. We are so fortunate to have her join us to help bring to light the value of our contributions.
Anastasia Bucsis started speed skating at age four. She had been interested in figure skating and gymnastics but her parents thought she’d be too tall for those sports and nudged her towards speed skating at the Calgary Olympic Oval. At age seven had a chance to skate with Catriona Le May Doan and Susan Auch, sparking her Olympic dream.
Anastasia is a sprint specialist who competed at her second Olympic Winter Games in 2014 where she finished 28th in the 500m. She had her breakout season in 2009-10 when she joined the World Cup team for the first time, made her debut at the World Sprint Championships and then finished 34th in the 500m in her first Olympic appearance at Vancouver 2010. After that, she became a constant figure for Canada on the international scene, making the first of her three straight appearances at the ISU World Single Distances Championships in 2011. Anastasia qualified for Sochi 2014 after missing out on the World Cup team in the fall of 2013 while battling illness at the Canadian trials. She also has multi-sport experience from competing at the 2009 Winter Universiade and the 2007 Canada Winter Games, where she won silver in the 500m. Anastasia decided to retire from long track speed skating earlier this year. She said, “After a challenging year wrought with a serious knee injury, I’ve made the very difficult decision to say goodbye to a wonderful 24 years of my life, and retire from long track speed skating. I look forward to staying close to my speed skating family, and I wish all of our wonderful Canadian skaters nothing but the best success in the future as I believe out Canadian team is on the verge of once again dominating the world with our talent and dedication.”
Anastasia is an Athlete Ambassador for Right To Play. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a major in Communications in Culture. She is interested in media and marketing, and enjoys film, television and theatre as well as writing and drawing.