The competition keeps getting better, but so does Connie Kapak.
The Vernon Speed Skating Club member secured a silver medal at the Western Canadian Championships last weekend at the Capital News Center in Kelowna.
Racing against skaters from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Yukon, Northwest Territories and B.C., Kapak collected individual medals in four of five events, finishing second overall behind a skater from Dawson Creek. There were 13 competitors in the 11-year-old girls division.
B.C. finished first overall in the point standings, with Alberta and Northwest Territories taking second and third respectively.
“What a tribute to our program in B.C., not only finishing on top of provincial standings, a number of our younger age-group skaters actually had better times than older skaters from out of province,” said Vernon club spokesman Pete Kapak. “If this group stays together, the next Canada Winter Games (Prince George 2015), will be interesting.”