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Elks speed skaters back from competing at B.C. Winter Games

The FSJ Elks Speed Skating Club. File photo
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Members of the Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club are back from Kamloops after competing at the B.C Winter Games over the weekend.

Six speedskaters represented the Energetic City in short track events in Kamloops. In the U-14 girl’s category, Hannan North placed 4th and 6th in the 400-metre races, 9th in the 200-metres, 4th in the 1,500-metres, and 5th in the 2,000-metre events. In the same age group, Sidney Bennie placed 7th overall in the first 400-metre race. She came 8th in the 200 metre, 9th in the 2,000 metre and 12th in the second race of the 400 metre. She was disqualified in the 1,500-metre event.

In the U-16 girl’s group, Brooke Braun placed 6th in the 1,500, 500 (race 2) and 1,000-metre events. She finished in 7th in the first race of the 500 metre. She was disqualified in the 3,000-metre event.

Joshua Telizyn, who competed in the U-16 boy’s group, captured the only hardware of the bunch as he crossed the second race of the 500-metre in 3rd spot to take a bronze medal. He finished the 3,000 and 500 metre (race 1) in fifth, 6th  in the 1,000 metre and 7th in the 1,500 metre. In the same age division, Nyam Newlove’s best finish was 8th in the 1,500 metre. He placed 13th than 11th in the 500-metre races. He did not finish the 3,000-metre event. Nicholas Guliov came in 12th and 14th in the 500 metre, 16th in the 1,500 and did not finish the 3,000-metre event in the same category.

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In the U-14 Mixed Relay, Zone 8 skated to a 5th place finish.

“I was unable to attend the event but from all accounts, I think they did pretty good,” said head coach Richard Stickel. “They went in behind the gun in terms of preparation for the short track as they had been focusing on long track until recently. They got better as the event went on which is what we expected and were able to grab a medal.”

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Next up for the six skaters is a trip to Abbotsford for Short Track Provincials on Saturday and Sunday.

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