Kamloops Long Blades’ Medal Rush in Dawson Creek

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KAMLOOPS - The Kamloops Long Blades (KLB) had a very successful meet at the B.C. Long Track Championship held in Dawson Creek over the weekend.  In addition to finishing third overall in the club standings, there were numerous individual medals and personal bests.  Leah Turner (silver – T2T11 girls), Martina Antifay (bronze- T2T13 girls) and Cameron Thomas (bronze- T2T12 boys) all qualified for the Canadian Age Class Long Track Championship which will be held in Edmonton on February 4th and 5th in Edmonton Alberta.  Other medal winners included Isaiah Jessie Uribe (bronze – T2T14 boys), Sylvie Lloyd (gold – senior women) Kris Pynten (gold – senior men), Jodi Roberts (silver – women’s masters), Tyler Roberts (silver – men’s masters).  Yolaine Kampman was 7th in the Junior women’s category.

In the L2T9 boy’s category, Adam Turner won gold, while Rebecca Thomas and Evangeline Kampman won gold and bronze respectively in the L2T10 girls division.

Caleb Van der Merwe was first in FunD 8 boys with Anderson Kampman taking 3rd spot.  Jared Roberts was first in FunD 7 boys and Kayleigh Roberts was first in the 5 year old Active Start girls.  Yael Van der Merwe was second in 5 year old Active start girls while sister Abigail was first in the 4 year old Active Start girls category.

This weekend at McArthur Island, January 28th and 29th, KLB will be hosting the Train to Train Western Circuit #2 Short Track Speedtacular Competition. This competition is being sponsored by Viasport and Fraser Financial.  The best 9 – 15 year old girls and boys from across BC and Alberta will be attending.  On Saturday January 28th, the 6th Annual Coyote Cup will be hosted by KLB for skaters 3 to 12 years old. Also, on Saturday, January 28th, there will be a tribute to Kamloops’ Olympian Jessica Hewitt.  There will be an unveiling of a commemorative plaque honouring Jessica’s accomplishments and contributions. The ceremony will take place at 5pm on the Olympic rink concourse.

Admission to all events is free and all are welcome.  Come see some fantastic speed skating.


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