Busy weekends for Elks Speedskaters

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The Fort St. John Elks speedskating club has had a couple of busy week-ends.  Skaters have travelled far and wide to attend different meets in both B.C. and Alberta. 

  

 

First on the agenda was B.C. Cup #1 in Abbotsford on November 14th and 15th.  Five skaters attended this competitive level event, led by Rick Lee who was first in Div8.  Rick’s daughter Jamie was 10th in Div 1.  Mitch Kupchanko was 5th in Div 2 and Kayne Dressler was 17th in the same division.  Ben Maxfield was fifth in Div 6.  All had solid efforts and good races.  This is a high end meet with top competition from all over B.C. as well as elsewhere in Western Canada.

  

 

Next up was the Grande Prarie interclub, held this past week-end.  Eleven local skaters competed against skaters from Dawson Creek, Grande Prairie, Yellowknife, Peace River, and Chetwynd.  Connor Johnson had a strong meet, finishing 3rd in Div 2, picking up 5 personal bests in the process.  Kyle Lyth finished 8th with two PB’s.  In Div 5, seven Fort St. John skaters competed, with Ben Maxfield finishing 1st with 3 PB’s.  Colton Johnson was 4th with one PB.  Rachel Kalkman was 6th.   Theresa Martins was 8th with one PB.  Madelyn June was 9th.  Yuna Lovell was 12th with 2PB’s.  Michelle Kalkman was 13th with 2 PB’s.  In Div 6 Nyam Newlove was 3rd with 1 PB.  In Div 7 Billie Pardy was 2nd with 1 PB.

  

 

Also this week-end Jolea Bilodeau and Desiree Mitchell travelled to Calgary to take part in Can-Am competition, which is a long track event held annually.  Many national team and aspiring national team members are in attendance, as well as many international skaters.  Both skaters finished well, especially considering it was their first competition of the year.