“Go fast and turn left,” is the slogan for one of the world’s fastest human-propelled sports and, on the March 5/6 weekend, approximately 130 skaters each made 200 left turns and covered between 9,000 to 10,000 metres of ice. The event, held in Waterloo, was the 2015/16 Provincial A Short Track Speed Skating Championships.
The weekend saw the fastest youth in Ontario take to Pillar’s Ice Rink at RIM Park for two days of comradery, fierce competition and hard racing. Some skaters qualified for the Canada East Short Track Championships in Charlottetown, PEI at the end of March. For one club, however, the provincial event was also a chance to race their best on home ice.
The KW Sertoma Speed Skating Club has roots in the KW area dating back to 1964 when seven local skaters founded the club to share their passion for the sport. Fifty years later, the club has almost 200 seasonal members and supports all levels of racing with its competitive team, the KW Cobras. The club sent 12 of their best skaters to the Provincial A Championships. Local volunteer (and community sports enthusiast) Mike Farwell opened the proceedings. Mike, also known as the new voice of the Kitchener Rangers, was an excellent speaker who discussed the important role local sports play in our communities and the importance of the coaches, officials and volunteers who support the athletes all season.
The championships were a huge success and a great chance for the KW community to see how strong and thriving speed skating is in Waterloo Region. As a result of a strong championship weekend, KW Cobra Christopher Langridge made the Canada East team representing the Boys Age 14 group for Ontario (pictured leading the pack for Team Ontario in the photo above). Two other Provincial A skaters, Mitchell Schrum and Claudia Heeney, won gold in the Open Men and Girls Age 14 respectively thereby qualifying to compete in the Junior Open Selection for Short Track in Fredericton, New Brunswick March 17 through March 20.
Up and coming skaters also competed in the Provincial B, C and Masters Short Track Championships in Milton (March 12 and 13).
Congratulations to all of our skaters for an outstanding season! Interested in trying the sport of speed skating? Visit www.kwspeedskating.com for details on our next learn-to-speed-skate session coming in the fall of 2016.