March 01, 2016 - 12:09 PM
KAMLOOPS - The Kamloops Long Blades is hosting the B.C. Short Track Championship, March 5 and 6 at the McArthur Sports and Events Centre.
This is a qualifying event for the Canada West Short Track Championship, March 19 and 20 in Edmonton, Alta.
There are 128 skaters registered representing 19 B.C. Speed Skating Clubs. Skaters are coming from throughout the province, as far away as Fort St John, Fort St James, Prince George, Victoria and the Lower Mainland.
At the championship, there will be in 14 divisions of racers ranging from nine years to 68 years old.
The Kamloops Long Blades have 8 skaters competing in championship.
Warm ups begin at 8:30 a.m. with racing beginning approximately 9:15 a.m. both days. Mayor Milobar officially starts the competition by starting the first race at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday March 5.
Racing is expected to continue until 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Awards will take place after racing on Sunday.
Hot off the B.C. Winter Games are Long Blades Club skaters Holly and Martina Antifay who will be competing in the B.C. Short Track Championship.
Holly earned a bronze medal in the U16 500m and was just off the podium in the second 500.
Martina also was just off the medals in the U14 200 m and placed 6th in other events.
The public is welcome to attend this free event both days. Come watch the fastest sport on ice.
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