Kelowna rink suits Ice Breakers

The Salmon Arm Ice Breakers continued to rack up the placings and shave seconds off their times

Need for speed: The Ice Breakers’ Lincoln Thurgood takes the lead in the 200-metre race on his way to a first-place finish at an event in Kelowna over the weekend.

The Salmon Arm Ice Breakers continued to rack up the placings and shave seconds off their times at the Kelowna Speed Skating Club’s Invitational and Zone 2 BC Winter Games Qualifier on Saturday.

With a large contingent, the team also included coach Rick Hofmann, who delighted the younger skaters by lacing up his skates. He dominated the masters races, placing first in all his contests.

In the BC Winter Games U12 qualifying races, Jack Verdurmen posted three personal best times in his 200, 400- and 500-metre distances, while teammate Bradley Hlina had a personal best in the 400-m, but had falls in both the 200- and the 500-m interclub race.

For the younger age groups, new skaters Mackenzie Keating notched four third- place finishes with personal best times in his 50-m and 100-m. He was pushed in his 200-m race, slowing him down.

Lincoln Thurgood raced to two first-place finishes and two personal bests in the 50- and 200-m distances.

Zachary Watkins set new personal best times in the 50-, 100- and 200-m distances, while his older brother Alexander set new marks in his 200- and the challenging 800-m race.

Callie Belway had some dominating performances in her races, with three first place finishes and a new top time for her 200-m distance.

Marissa Dollack held on to win her  800-m race, and picked up a second and two third- place finishes, notching a personal best in the 300-m.

Jett Nash posted three personal best times in the 800-, 100- and 200-m races, and took half a second off his times in the two sprint contests.

Daniel Hlina left the rink with three first-place finishes in the 200-, 400- and 500-m, placing fifth in the endurance 1200-m.

The distance race proved to be Pheonix Nash’s forté, as he won a fast-paced 1200-m with a time under three minutes. He also posted best times in the 200-, 400- and 500-m.

After starting at the back of the pack in fifth place, Jack Isaac stunned the crowd by passing the entire field in the eighth and ninth laps of the 12-lap race to win his 1200-m race. This was his first 1200-m ever in competition.

Devyn Hughes took a full two seconds off her personal best times in the 200-m and 400- m races. Pacing was an issue in her first-ever 1200-m race and she wound up with a fourth-place finish.

Aila Norlin, who was racing in a highly competitive group, posted her fastest times ever in all of her four races.

Alex Seal was placed in the performance division to challenge with some of the fastest skaters on the ice that day and earned two second-place finishes and two thirds.


Just Posted

Update: Wildfire northwest of Kamloops jumps from 60 to 800 hectares

Ground crews and aircraft are responding to an estimated 800 hectare wildfire approximately 55 kilometers northwest of Kamloops, near the Deadman Vidette Road.

Shuswap Lake still on the rise, but rate slows

Regional district recommends residents make an evacuation plan.

B.C. Interior flood risk diminishing

Snowmelt receding but rainfall impact remains a concern

Trustee won’t delay Downtown Activity Centre sale

Salmon Arm city council had asked for an extension, bid process will run until July 6

Application proceeds for ALR exclusion

City council opted not to take the advice of its Agricultural Advisory… Continue reading

Vancouver Island girl scores with winning song for BC Summer Games

‘Colours’ is a perfect theme for 2018 BC Summer Games

B.C. pipeline goes ahead despite scrapped Pacific Northwest LNG

NEB approves amendment for $1.4-billion natural gas North Montney Mainline Project

Feds limit chinook fishery to help killer whale recovery

Chinook is main food source for only 76 southern residents killer whales left

B.C. mom who died just before daughter’s wedding wanted family to be happy: twin

Ann Wittenberg was pulled into the ocean while on a surf board in Tofino last weekend

Courtenay-Alberni MP calls for lifeguards at popular surf spot near Tofino

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is defending its decision to cancel the surf guard program.

Harvey Weinstein to surrender in sex misconduct probe: officials

Would be first criminal charge against Weinstein since scores of women came forward

High water forces closure of a boat launch on Shuswap Lake

Boat launch on Eagle Bay Road shut down, two others in Sorrento remain open

Fuel truck crash closes B.C. highway, sends two to hospital

The Trans-Canada Highway on Vancouver Island is expected to be closed until Thursday evening

Column: A tender portrait of school life

By Joanne Sargent, Observer contributor I would venture to say that most… Continue reading

Most Read