Speed skaters taking part in the Canada Winter Games have arrived in Fort St. John in advance of skating resuming tomorrow morning. 63 skaters are in the Energetic City and the first races at the Pomeroy Sport Centre will begin at 9:30 a.m. for the 500 metre female finals.

One of the coaches for the long track speed skaters is Richard Stickel and he said the skaters who haven’t been here will love the facility, and skating fans will have the chance to see a wide range of races.

“A lot of people have been up here skating for the Canada Cup earlier,” he stated. “It’s going to be real good racing. They’re going to be quite excited to see the facility. It’s going to be good racing for them; they’re going to be excited to see the facility. With the pursuit and the mass start we actually have five distances to do out of the six so everybody will get a good chance to see a lot of stuff here.”

Those coming down to watch the races from Wednesday to Friday can expect to see some blazing times set by the athletes

“There’s some really good junior skaters here right now,” Stickel explained. “At the top end it’s very, very good. You’re going to see really fast times from some of the best skaters in the country.”

Dawson Creek’s Jacob Graham is will be on the ice tomorrow morning at the Pomeroy Sport Centre. He’ll be in the men’s 500 metre which is scheduled for 10 a.m.

Below is a complete schedule of the races:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015
09:30 Speed Skating Long Track – 500 m Female Finals – Race 1
10:00 Speed Skating Long Track – 500 m Male Finals – Race 1
11:00 Speed Skating Long Track – 500 m Female Finals – Race 2
11:30 Speed Skating Long Track – 500 m Male Finals – Race 2
13:00 Speed Skating Long Track – Team Pursuit Female Final – Final
13:30 Speed Skating Long Track – Team Pursuit Male Final – Final

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2015
09:30 Speed Skating Long Track – 1000 m Female Final – Final
10:45 Speed Skating Long Track – 1500 m Male Final – Final
13:00 Speed Skating Long Track – Mass Start Female Final – Final
14:00 Speed Skating Long Track – Mass Start Male Final – Final

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015
09:30 Speed Skating Long Track – 5000 m Male Final – Final
11:30 Speed Skating Long Track – 3000 m Female Final – Final