The Vernon Vortex Speed Skating Club recorded 19 personal best times at a Kelowna meet Saturday at the Capital News Centre.
Laura Hall, Declan Fitzpatrick, Mattias Isobe, Nate Benn and Tadhg Boyle each established three personal best races, while Daniel Hall and Jared Eddy rung up two each.
“This was an incredibly successful competition for the Vernon team,” said head coach Michael Hall. “Their speed is constantly increasing with their hard work and dedication in practice. The rate of improvement across the board with this group has their coaches wondering just how far they can go.
“The second half of the season begins in January and already there has been a decent year’s worth of improvement.”
For information on how to become a part of this dynamic team, contact Pauline Kereluk @ vernonspeedskatingclub.com. The club skates Tuesday (5:15-6:45) and Thursday nights (7-8) at Priest Valley Arena. They break for Christmas after the Dec. 19 session.
Meanwhile, qualification racing for the 2014 B.C. Winter Games went Saturday in Kelowna with Vernon’s Connie Kapak winning all four of her races to qualify, along with fellow 14-year-old Yolaine Kampman, of Kamloops.
Thompson Okanagan Zone allows two female skaters in the Under 16 age group. The Games go Feb. 20-23 in Mission with the speed skating held at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre which features Olympic-sized ice (100 feet wide).