Ice Breakers gain top times

Members from the Salmon Arm Ice Breakers Speed Skating Club returned from a weekend of racing in Kelowna competing in five races

Members from the Salmon Arm Ice Breakers Speed Skating Club returned from a weekend of racing in Kelowna competing in five races.

Jack Verdurmen and Aila Norlin battled it out and managed to end up in the top of their division. Norlin earned a personal best in the 500-metre. Shan Chhokar raced in only his second competition ever and also got a personal best in the 500-m. Verdurmen maintained his composure and came very close in beating his personal bests in all five races.

Alyssa Skaalid skated hard in a tough division where she competed against two Kelowna skaters. It was particularly tough because she also trains with the Kelowna club when she is not skating in Salmon Arm.

“We’ve skating and trained with each other and we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. It makes the races interesting because you want them to second guess your strategy mainly in the longer distances.”

The Salmon Arm club is now focused on its upcoming meet, the Ice Jam interclub speed skating competition on Jan. 11 at the Shaw Centre.

If you are interested in trying out short track speed skating and want more information, please check out the website www.salmonarmspeedskating.com.