Kelowna hosts short track speed skating event last weekend
One hundred athletes gathered this past weekend for the Canada West Short Track Speed Skating Championship held at the Capital News Centre in Kelowna.
Skaters from B.C., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Terrirtories competed for top age class honors.
Local skater Chris Neykov, competing in the 14 year old boys division finished 3rd over-all. Strong sprinting abilities garnered silver medals in both the 100m pursuit and the 500m. A early sprint in the 3000m points race landed Neykov a bronze medal. In the 1500m, Neykov missed the podium by one position, finishing 4th. He was also a member of the gold medal relay team in the 14 and 15 year old division. Previously, Neykov finished third overall in the Canadian Age Class Long track Championships for 14 year old boys.
Emilie Medland-Marchen, also a member of the Kelowna Speed Skating Club, finished a respectable sixth overall in the 14 year old girls division winning a bronze medal in the 1500m, a fourth in the 100m pursuit, fifth in the 3000m points race and ninth in the 500. Medland-Marchen also won a silver medal in the 3000m relay with her B.C. teammates.
Both Neykov and Medland-Marchen are eligible for the 2015 Canada Winter Games to be held in Prince George and this was one step towards the goal to represent B.C.
The Kelowna Speed Skating Club volunteers were commended for their efforts hosting competitions this season. They hosted the Canada Winter Games Short Track Trials, the International Children's Games and the Canada West Short Track Championships all within a span of four months.
Hosting this recent National Championship by all accounts was a huge success thanks to the volunteers and financial support from Speed Skating Canada, Hosting NowBC, Sport Kelowna and many other local donations.