December 6, 2019
Island Speed Skaters Back in Action
December 6th, 2019, Charlottetown – P.E.I.
speed skaters are back in action on a pair of fronts this weekend.
Brookfield native Jenna Larter is competing at the Canadian
Short Track International Invitational in Montreal, while sixteen Island
skaters will be taking to the ice at the Charles Gorman Memorial Speed Skating
Championship in Saint John, N.B.
Larter is fresh from her first
appearance at the Canadian Junior Short Track Championships in Calgary last weekend,
where she was the first Islander to compete in that event in five years. The P.E.I. skater had her best finish in the 500-metre distance, nabbing 14th
place in the field of the country’s top 31 junior female skaters, despite
suffering an ankle injury just days before the competition. Larter, who
was the lone qualifier from the Atlantic provinces, skated to 24th
overall at the three-day event.
This weekend’s invitational event
in Montreal will feature 60 male and 60 female skaters. The women’s field
features competitors from the Netherlands, USA, Great Britain, Ireland and
Canada. Among the female speedsters will be 2017 senior world champion and
former 500-metre world record holder Elise Christie.
Racing gets underway at Maurice
Richard Arena in Montreal today with the 1,500-metre event, followed by the
500-metre on Saturday and 1000-metre racing on Sunday.
Racing at the Saint John event gets
underway on Saturday morning, with a strong field including ten veterans of the
2019 Canada Winter Games speed skating events. Headlining the Island team
will be Carter Bruce of Stratford and Kyle Connell of Charlottetown.
For more information about speed
skating on P.E.I., visit www.speedskatepei.ca.
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caption: P.E.I. short track speed skater Jenna Larter will lace up
to compete in an international invitational field in Montreal this
weekend. Photo courtesy of Yi Kay.
more Information contact:
Communications Coordinator, Speed Skate PEI