November 26, 2019
P.E.I. Speed Skaters Snag Medals, Personal Bests
26th, 2019, Charlottetown – Nine Island short track speed skaters took to the ice to
compete on a pair of fronts last weekend, grabbing five medals and numerous
personal best times.
Rimouski, Que., William Lyons of Rock Barra won a silver medal in Group 2 at
the second Quebec Provincial circuit competition of the season. The Kings
County skater, training in Sherbrooke this season, posted a seasonal best time
while skating to second place in the 500-metre A final, along with a seasonal
best time in the 1,500-metre distance. Carter Bruce of Stratford made his
Quebec circuit debut, skating in Group 3. Bruce qualified for and won the
500-metre A final enroute to eighth position overall, recovering from a penalty
in the 1,500-metre distance. The Island pair were among 122 skaters from
Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and P.E.I. competing in Rimouski.
Seven Islanders were also competing at the Harold Joyce Short
Track Speed Skating Championships in Fredericton, N.B., where the P.E.I. team
picked up four medals, including podium finishes in each of the top three
Rob Binns of Stratford earned the gold medal in Division 1, as did
fellow Stratford skater Addison Bruce in Division 2. Binns, who will be a
member of Canada’s short track contingent at the Winter World Masters Games in
Innsbruck, Austria in January, won three of four distances enroute to the
overall title. Bruce notched personal best (“PB”) times in all three of
his timed distances to help himself to the gold and his second medal of the
season following a silver medal performance in Halifax in October.
Jane Bruce earned a silver medal in Division 3, while Alex Rogers
took home bronze in Division 2 to round out the Island medals. Both
skaters were following up on their home-ice gold medals at the Atlantic Cup
event in Charlottetown two weeks earlier. Bruce grabbed a PB in the
400-metre distance, while Rogers had PBs in both the 400-metre and 1,500-metre
Also competing for P.E.I. in Fredericton were Brendan Reynard in
Division 3, Saul Grant in Division 4 and Nicole Reynard in Division 8.
Grant nabbed PB times in all four of his race distances, while Brendan and
Nicole Reynard each posted a pair of PB times.
The Fredericton meet featured 109 skaters from 11 Atlantic Clubs.
Speed Skate PEI Technical Director Sarah Taylor said that she’s
encouraged by what she sees. “We had some really fast times and big PBs
this weekend, as well as some great passing and strategic skating. If we
can keep building in the weeks and months ahead, I think that everyone is going
to be very pleased with their performances this season.”
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caption: Addison Bruce of Stratford won a gold medal for P.E.I. at the recent
Harold Joyce Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Fredericton, N.B.
Photo courtesy of Amanda Burke.
Communications Coordinator, Speed Skate PEI