May 14, 2018
Speed Skate PEI hands out awards
Speed Skate PEI announced its
award winners for the 2017-18 season recently, as members gathered in Charlottetown to celebrate a year of progress and breakthrough performances.
Peter McQuaid of Charlottetown
and Jenna Larter of Brookfield were named top male and female athletes. McQuaid won the top male athlete award for the
first time, after capping his season with his best performances at the Canadian
Junior Selections #2 event in Calgary in March, where he set three new
provincial records and recorded the fastest ever times by an Island short track
skater while training on P.E.I.. McQuaid’s
strong season also included a second overall placement at the Atlantic Canadian
Short Track Championships in Dieppe in February, along with overall wins at the
Atlantic Cup in Charlottetown and at the Citadel Cup in Halifax last Fall.
Larter took home the Nancy
White award to the top female athlete on the strength of her season which also
included a trio of new provincial records and some of the best times ever
recorded by an Island female short track skater. The Brookfield native had a 15thplace finish in the 500 metre distance in her first appearance at the Canadian
Junior Selections #2 event in Calgary, after making a strong debut on the
Quebec Provincial circuit earlier in the season. Larter was also the top female skater in the
Atlantic Cup meet in Charlottetown last November.
Andrew Binns won the
Rising Star award, after winning a pair of medals, including P.E.I.’s first
ever gold medal, at the Canada East Short Track Championships in Lévis, Quebec.
Zack O’Meara and Jane
Bruce were named top male and top female skaters, respectively, in the
Intermediate speed skating group, while Zachary Chatfield was awarded the
Rising Star honours for the same group.
In the Learn to Speed
Skate program, Jacob Taylor picked up top male skater honours, while Sophia
Erdogan was named top female skater. Kohl
Dallaire won the Rising Star award, while Sadie Hansen was named most improved
skater in the program.
The President’s Award was awarded
to Kerby Bruce, who was recognized for his significant contributions as Speed
Skate PEI’s equipment manager for the past several years.
Eric Reynard was named
volunteer of the year and Paul Trainor won the official of the year award for
his work as a starter. Mia Stewart won
the mentorship award in recognition of her contributions to the Learn to Skate
program, while Kristen Binns earned a special contribution award in recognition
of her photography.
presented to skaters who set new provincial records in their respective age
categories during the year. New short
track records were set by Peter McQuaid (Intermediate men – 500m, 1000m and
1500m), Jenna Larter (Junior women – 500m, 1000m and 1500m), Kyle Connell (15
year-old boys – 200m, 400m and 1500m), Andrew Binns (14 year-old boys – 200m, 400m,
1,500m), William Lyons (13 year-old boys – 1,500m), and Rob Binns (Masters Men
40-44 years - 1500m). A new relay record
was also set by a 14/15 year-old boys relay team consisting of Carter Bruce,
Andrew Binns, Kyle Connell and Thomas McQuaid in the 3,000m relay distance.
Several new long track
records set during the year were also recognized, including Matt Kozma
(Intermediate men, outdoor Olympic style 500m and 1000m), Matthew McKenna
(Intermediate men, outdoor Olympic style 1500m and 3000m), Carter Bruce (Junior
men, outdoor mass start 300m and 3000m), Dakota Jager (Junior women, outdoor
Olympic style 500m) and Addison Bruce (Juvenile boys, outdoor mass start 300m,
1500m and 3000m and outdoor Olympic style 500m).
All Learn to Skate and Learn
to Speed Skate participants received medals and were recognized for their significant
improvements during the year.
Information on Speed Skate
P.E.I. and its programs can be found on the club’s website at www.speedskatepei.com.
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