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Local Speedskaters off to Winnipeg this weekend for Long Track Championship

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local speedskaters are headed off to Winnipeg this weekend for the Canadian Age Class Long Track Speed Skating Championship.

Six speedskaters from the Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club, and two from Dawson Creek have qualified for the Championship.

Even though six have qualified, one skater, Nicholas Guliov, will not be attending due to an injury.

Those attending from Fort St. John include:

  • Emma North – Female 12
  • Cheyanne Key – Female 12
  • Sidney Bennie – Female 13
  • Hannah North – Female 14
  • Matthew Mitchell – Male 12

Those attending from Dawson Creek include:

  • Bryn Hallam – Female 14
  • Dakotah Ruel – Male 15

Darren Guliov, of the Elks Speed Skating Club, says this Championship will be a good experience for the skaters as the event will be held outside.

“Our kids don’t have that experience of knowing, the older ones do, but of knowing what it’s like to get down really low heading into the wind and work really hard and then you don’t have to work so hard with the wind at your back. But you’ve got to watch because you’re going to carry more speed coming into the corners, you have to be prepared for that. It’s a big meet, it’s a great meet for the younger skaters to race and compete outside.”

The Canadian Age Class Long Track Speed Skating Championship is taking place this weekend, February 9 and 10, at the Oval in Sargent Park in Winnipeg.

For updates on the Championship, you can visit the Speed Skating Canada website.

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