The BC Winter Games were on in Terrace last weekend and there were several venues in Kitimat. The first to wrap up was Speed Skating. Plenty of medals were handed out to the skaters who competed in a variety of races.
“The kids are doing two distances [on Friday.] We have two divisions competing, Juvenile and Junior boys and girls competing,“ said Ross Knudson.
58 skaters raced from all the zones in the province for the short track competition. The Skaters raced their second longest and shortest distances on Friday and their longest and intermediate distances on Saturday.
However, the competition was not without its mishaps. During one of the early races, two skaters went down and collided into the same boards. One skater was cut by a skate blade and taken to the hospital with severe lacerations.
“I would like to thank the emergency response of Kitimat. They did an excellent job when we needed them today, they were on time,“ said Ariadne Hiller, Meet Coordinator. “I would like to give them a huge thank you on behalf of BC Winter Games, on behalf of BC SSA and Skating Canada.”
Medals were presented at 4:30 pm on Saturday. Winning three gold medals for Zone 7 from Fort Saint James was Jamie MacDonald. She is currently ranked #1 in British Columbia and #20 in Canada for Speed Skating. She received the ranking when she was 14 and her goal is to reach the top four in Canada before she turns 19 so she can attend the world competition… and she was born in a little pink hospital in Kitimat BC.
The Results can be found: here
Jamie MacDonald, Josie Spence and Robyn Kempers finished Gold, Silver and Bronze in the 1500 Ladies Jr.