The Prince George Blizzard Central Interior Blizzard Speedskating Challenge saw local skaters come out and shine.
Leading the way was Olympic oval trainers Ryan Hickman and Trevor Rassmusen who came away with a one- two finish in their division.
Coach Carol Dennison said overall it was a good weekend for the club, which included many first-time BC Cup series racers.
Sarah Pousette finished fifth overall in the midget division four. Pousette, who moved up a division after recording good times in the pursuits on Friday, was competing against older skaters all weekend.
“Our skaters did great. Ryan Hickman came in first in his division and Trevor Rassmusen was second. Sarah Pousette did very well as well. Most of our kids got personal best in their races so we were very happy with that. They all skated in their age class and they did well,” said Dennison.
In his first year in the BC Cup series Russell Smedley finished first in the juvenile division six. For Smedley it was big confidence booster as he now prepares for the BC Winter Games qualifier in Dawson Creek, which will be held on December 6.
“It’s my first year doing the BC Cup. Hopefully I’ll do as well in the next race,” said Smedley. “It helped my confidence a little bit. I got all personal bests over the weekend. I knocked off 15 second overall in all my times.”
This included taking off nine seconds on the 1,500 metre to finish in 1:52.00. Smedley said it was good competition over the weekend. While he knew some of his competition, some was new to him. He said it was nice to see the higher level of competition.
Prince George’s youngest skater in the BC Cup, Morgan Swan, finished 12th in the bantam division 10.
“It was her first time skating in the BC Cup so she gained a lot of valuable experience skating at that calibre,” said Dennison.
Timothy Hempsell was fourth in the midget division eight. His teammate Phillip Shrimpton finished 10th. Modian Thiessen rounds out the Blizzard skaters. She had a 10th place finish in the midget division nine.