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Podium Finishes For Spence Sisters

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All three Spence sisters, members of the Kamloops River City Racers, were in action at this weekend’s Canada Cup #3 Long track speed skating competition.  This event also serves as the National Junior Championships.  Sara (18) the youngest of the three sisters was competing in the Junior National Championships and finished with a bronze medal in the 500m event.  She set a personal best time in this event establishing a new time of 43.65 surpassing her old time of 44.59.  She also set a personal best in the 1000m with a new time of 1:27.08.  Her old time was 1:32.02 set in Quebec earlier this season.  Sara is in contention to make a spot on the Junior World team that heads to Bjugn Norway for the Junior World Championships on March 14,15,and 16.  However, due to extreme weather conditions the last day of competition in Saskatoon, the final two qualifying races for this event had to be cancelled.  It is unknown at this time how the final selection process will take place but generally the selection committee will look at results from the previous Canada Cup event - which would be CC #2 held in Calgary early January.  Sara did not post times as fast as her main competitors at this event as Sara’s racing has been improving since January.  

Sisters Josie (19) and Victoria (21) raced in the CC #3 competition this past weekend in Saskatoon.  Josie had two podium finishes with a gold in the 3k event and a silver coming in the 1500m.  Victoria finished with a silver in the 3k event. The top three Canadian athletes over these distances are currently heading to Sochi for the Olympic Games and were not competing in Saskatoon. Points earned on the Canada Cup circuit go towards securing the athlete’s spot on the national training teams.