Vernon Vortex Speedskating Club members Daniel Hall (from left), Laura Hall and Nate Benn warmed up for this weekend’s B.C. long track championships in Fort St. John by competing and doing well at an event in Calgary. (Photo submitted)

Vernon Vortex skaters primed for provincials

Trio of skaters prepare for B.C. long track speedskating finals by doing well at Alberta meet

Three members of the Vernon Vortex Speedskating Club went to Alberta to prepare for this weekend’s B.C. long track championships.

Nate Benn, Laura Hall and Daniel Hall were in Calgary competing at an Alberta long track event.

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Laura went in and completely dominated the women’s side, winning all four distances: 500m, 1000, 1,500m, and 3,000m, coming away with a gold medal for each distance. Laura’s closest competition was an average two-to-three seconds behind her.

Although Daniel and Benn were skating in the higher, open division, they had some great races.

Benn had three best times in his 1,000-, 1,500-, and 3,000-metre events. His best came in the 1,500m, dropping almost four seconds. Daniel posted best times in all of his races, beating a bunch of stronger and older skaters. His best result was also in the 1,500m, dropping more than eight seconds.

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The B.C. championships this weekend are in Fort St. John.

The Vortex club wishes the skaters good luck trying to make the provincial team to represent B.C. in February in Winnipeg.

The club would like to thank all of their sponsors, without them none of this would be possible: Sproing Creative, Manulife Financial, Mackenzie Financial, Interior Savings and Tolko.

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