Three River City Racer Speed Skaters ranked top 16 for the fastest female short trackers in the province and qualified them to vie for a position on the Canada Winter Games Team to be held in Halifax in February 2011. The first of two qualifying rounds was held this past weekend in Abbotsford at BC Cup #1. The top five females and top five males out of the pool of top 16 skaters will be selected to represent BC at the Games. Josie Spence (16yrs) and River City Racers best bet to make the team had a difficult weekend. She fell in two of her distances and was disqualified in the third placing her in 8th spot overall however Josie continues to hold the fastest 1500m time in the province. Anneke Pederson (15yrs) skated well moving up from an initial ranking of 15th to end in 11th spot and with a new personal best in the 1500m. Sara Spence (14yrs) finished 12th overall with a personal best coming in the 1000m.
In other action on the weekend Matej Pederson (9 yrs) participated in the interclub portion of the competition and finished his division with a first place and two second place finishes finishing second overall. Eric Spence (12yrs) won his division with first place finishes coming in the 10 minute and 2 km relay events and the individual 3k points race and a third place in the 400m event.
Next up for several of the Racers is the first of two qualifying rounds for the Canada Winter Games long track speed skating event. Sara and Josie Spence will be joining their sister Tori in Calgary to compete at the CanAm Olympic style speed skating event November 19 – 21 in Calgary.