Chris Neykov’s first appearance at the Canadian Age Class Long Track Speed Skating Championships was laden with bronze.
The Kelowna Speed Skating Club member won four bronze medals in the U-15 boys 100m, 300m, 500m and 2,400m events to place third overall last weekend in Winnipeg.
“This is a strong indication of Chris’s versatility as both a short track and long track skater as well as the ability to race the sprints and distance events,” said Neykov’s coach, Nancy Goplen.
Meanwhile, Keara Maguire competed in the North American Long Track Championships in Milwaukee last weekend and captured a silver medal in the 3000m event. She just missed the podium in the 1500 with a fourth place finish in the senior women’s category. The next competition for Keara is the Canada Cup Finale in Calgary in mid-March.
She will be joined in Calgary by other Kelowna skaters such as Alison Banwell, Cam Bennett, and Nick Goplen.
Locally, the club will be competing this Saturday in Vernon at a regional meet.
Coaches Nancy Goplen and Chris Acton along with skaters Jordan Rosborough, Jesse Keca and Alison Banwell left this week for the Canada Winter Games in Halifax.