Moyse wins big at long track championship

Katie Brickman
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Speed skating medals won at national event

As the speed skating season comes to an end, the local club is still going strong.

Avery Seman, far right, recently won a bronze medal in a short track meet in Melville. The Moose Jaw Kiwanis Speed Skating Club also sent six skaters to Quebec and brought home medals. Submitted photo

Three skaters from the Moose Jaw Kiwanis Speed Skating club won medals at a short track even in Melville.

Rookie Avery Seman won bronze, while Graeme Fish and Sam Moyse also took home silver medals.

That wasn’t the only competition the club sent skaters to. Six locals represented Saskatchewan at the Canadian Age Class Long Track Championships in Quebec City recently.

“We sent a high number of kids,” said Ashley Boys, coach with the club. “We don’t normally have that many. We also had a lot of new and younger skaters going, which was good as well.”

Fish won the bronze medal in the 3,000-metre race while teammate Olivia Moyse won the overall title among 13-year-old girls, taking home two gold medals and two silver medals. Gabrielle Sanson also won two gold medals and a bronze medal.

“The girls did really well,” said Boys.

This event is a national tournament and is intended to be the focal point of athlete preparation for skaters in the Training to Train stage of development. The long track event provides high-level opportunities and the best development for those skaters.

This tournament serves as the primary introduction to national competitions.

With so many skaters taking part in this event, it was those promising finishes that made the club proud.

“Quebec has a lot of high end skaters and high training facilities,” said Boys. “So, for us to come back with medals, it is pretty good for Saskatchewan.”

Since these athletes are still young and developing in the sport, this experience was a good one to see where they stand in their age group as well as perform at a national level.

“It is close to an international meet, so if they want to compete at Canada Winter Games, it is good experience to how the meet is run and the competition level,” said Boys. “So, just to move on to higher levels of competition and towards the Olympics is a good experience.”

The club will compete again in Alberta and Regina in March with the season wrapping up with the Western Canadian short track championship in Lethbridge at the end of March.

“We don’t have all the numbers of who is going because there are still some qualifiers left to go,” said Boys. “A lot of the kids are stronger in long track, but we still have quite high hopes that they will do well as it is just westerns. We focus on competing with British Columbia and Alberta and Saskatchewan. It is still a high end competition for them.”

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