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PHOTOS: Salmon Arm Ice Breakers host B.C. Interior speed skating qualifiers

Skaters of all levels vie for spots at BC Short Track Championships in Richmond

The Salmon Arm Ice Breakers speed skating club played hosted to BC Interior qualifying competition on Saturday, Feb. 11.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 60 speed skaters from B.C.’s Interior gathered in Salmon Arm with hopes of qualifying for the BC Short Track Championships. Skaters of all levels compete to claim the top spots in their respective categories.

The championships will be held on March 12 and 13 in Richmond. Eligible skaters then qualify for the Canadian Youth Short Track Championships West.

The Ice Breakers sent skaters to the BC Cup Short Track in December 2022 and saw Jacob Paradela place No. 1 overall in the pre-youth mixed-gender division at that competition.

Paradela, joined by his brother Owen, mother and the Ice Breakers’ head coach Jennifer Gibson, went on to snag more wins in further competitions this year.

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Rebecca Willson

About the Author: Rebecca Willson

I took my first step into the journalism industry in November 2022 when I moved to Salmon Arm to work for the Observer and Eagle Valley News. I graduated with a journalism degree in December 2021 from MacEwan University in Edmonton.
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