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Moose Jaw Kiwanis Speed Skating Club members Graeme Fish (left), Olivia Moyse (middle) and Mason Viczko (second from right) compete at the Regina Speed Skating Meet over the weekend.
The Moose Jaw Kiwanis Speed Skating Club sent 13 skaters to the Regina meet over the weekend and all had impressive results.
The skaters had to battle some cold winds on Saturday, but all the athletes did well concerning the weather. On Sunday, the weather was much better and skaters were able to get better times.
“The kids did well,” said Marie Fish, club representative. “The goal is to always improve times and because of the wind, they weren’t able to improve times, but they did race well and placed well in their groupings.”
In the Group 3 category, Jane Morris placed fourth, Terence Stark finished seventh and Hunter Viczko finished in 11th place. In Group 4, Kyle Campbell finished fifth, Mya Viczko placed sixth and Molly Morris finished in 11th place.
In the Train-to-Train category, Graeme Fish won the gold medal, Gabrielle Sanson won the silver medal, Mason Viczko placed fifth and Olivia Moyse finished in seventh place. In Group 2, Alex Fish earned the silver medal.
With about 70 other athletes competing at the meet, it was a smaller event, but the skaters performed well.
“Overall, the kids skating was really good,” said Fish. “Some of the kids have been working on their sprinting and it has improved. Our endurance is great, our kids can skate the longer races and do quite well in positioning. It was a stronger meet overall.”
The next event is the last one of the year for the long track speed skaters and Moose Jaw will be hosting it this weekend at the outdoor oval. The lines were painted on Monday and the club is expecting between 80-90 skaters at the hometown meet.
The skaters will be practicing this week at the oval in preparation for the meet.
The meet gets underway on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m.