Some of the fleetest feet in Canada will be on local ice next winter.
Prince George has been awarded the 2014 Canadian age class short track speed skating championships. The meet will double as a test event for the 2015 Canada Winter Games and will be held inside Kin 1, which is currently under reconstruction and is projected to be fully-operational by October of this year.
The announcement of Prince George's successful bid for the event was made Thursday by 2015 Canada Winter Games organizers. The Winter Games group played a major role in assembling the proposal that was put forward to Speed Skating Canada.
Nationals, March 14-16, will bring together approximately 128 skaters, ranging from 15 to 23 in age. Athletes will not be Team Canada members, but skating in the championships will be an important step in securing positions in national team development programs.
The new Kin 1 will have an Olympic-sized ice surface and seating for 1,000 spectators.
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