Sara Spence (18), a member of the Kamloops River City Racers Speed skating club, was selected to represent Canada in the Regional Junior World Cup Long Track Competition this past weekend at the Calgary Oval. Skaters from Canada, USA and Japan were competing. Sara qualified to compete in all the Junior events at this competition. Sara picked up her first World Cup medal in the team sprint event. Canada won silver, Japan won gold, and US took the third position. Teamates Maddy Pearman from Alberta and Juliette Wheeler from Saskatchewan joined Sara in her silver medal performance.
Sara’s best individual result came in the 3k event where she placed 4th with a 3 sec personal best time of 4:30.1. Sara was 6th in the 500m event, 6th in the mass start long distance event, 7th in the 1000m setting a new personal time by 1 second at 1:20.65, and was 8th in the 1500m with a personal best by .5 seconds at 1:08.14.
Elder sister Victoria (22) , raced in the CanAm Long Track competition that ran alongside the Junior World Cup and finished in the silver medal position in the 3k event. Victoria set a 1 one second personal best time at 4:13.88. First place went to Fu Chunyan of China with a time of 4:12.93
Eric Spence (16) was also competing in the Can Am competition and set three personal best times; a 1 second personal best in the 500m for a new time of 41.20; a .7 sec improvement in the 1000m for a new time of 1:21.95; and was 4 seconds faster over the 1500m distance with a new time of 2:06.75.
Meanwhile Josie Spence (20) was competing in Seoul Korea at her second world cup event this fall. She placed 9th in the 1500m B final and 14th in the 5k B final. Last weekend, in Obihiro Japan, Josie missed a World Cup Bronze Medal in the team pursuit event by only 0.16 seconds to the German Team. Josie’s individual results at this first world cup event included a 7th place finish in the A final long distance mass start event, and 13th place finish in the 3k B final. Josie’s next stop will be Berlin Germany at the third world cup in this series. This event will be held December 5 - 7th.
Sara and Eric Spence will be competing in Ft St John next weekend - November 28th - 30th - at Canada Cup #1. This event will also serve as the qualifier for the Canada Winter Games Long Track speed skating team.