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Elks speedskaters make podium finishes at Nationals

Elks Speed Skating Club members representing B.C. in Quebec for Junior Nationals over the weekend. Photo submitted by Richard Stickel.
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QUEBEC CITY, Q.C. – Members of the Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club had a successful weekend at the Canadian Age Class Long Track Championships.

In the 11-year-old Girls group, Emma North finished in 12th place with a total of 526 points. Sidney Bennie finished in fourth place among twelve-year-old with 1,932 total points. Thirteen-year-old Hannah North ended up fifteenth overall with 359 points, while Brooke Braun won the 14 years of age group with a total of 3,482 points, nearly 500 more than the second place finisher.

On the Boys side, Nick Guliov and Nyam Newlove competed in the 14-year-old age group and finished in second and seventh place with 2,721 and 1,273 points respectively. Among speed skaters aged 15, Josh Telizyn was crowned champion after collecting 3,075 points. Telizyn beat out the next-closest speed skater by 38 points.

“We were very happy for the opportunity to skate in Quebec City,” said head coach Richard Stickel. “As a coach, I am pleased with the medals the skaters received, but I am more excited about the improvements that they showed in their racing skills.”

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