Kapak rules B.C. short track

Connie Kapak of the Vernon Speed Skating Club is a provincial champion. Again.

Racing in the 11-year-old girls division, Kapak beat out eight other skaters to claim B.C. Short Track Speed Skating Championship gold last weekend at the Port Coquitlam Recreation Centre.

It is Kapak’s fourth provincial gold in six years of eligibility.

“This was by far the toughest competition she has entered, as skaters get older, with specific coaching, etc., times between skaters become closer. One fall or a disqualification can potentially eliminate you from any chance of a gold medal,” said club spokesman Pete Kapak.

Kapak will represent B.C. at the Western Canadians, March 26-27, in Kelowna.

Meanwhile, the Vernon Speed Skating Club is hosting its Regional FUN-ale, 2-7 p.m. Saturday at Priest Valley Arena.

The event will feature skaters ages 10 and under, from Kimberley to Kamloops. There will also be a celebrity skate including Vernon Mayor Wayne Lippert, B.C. Winter Games president Kelly Mann, Funtastic president Brett Kirkpatrick and others.

The day concludes with an open competition featuring local higher level skaters.

Admission is free.