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Latest News Kamloops River City Racers Speed Skating Club

Calvin Forbes and Eric Spence, of the Kamloops River City Racers, took part in their first competition of the season this weekend at the Mission Leisure Centre in Mission BC. Both raced in Division 1 and set season best times in all distances raced.  Calvin set a new personal best in his 500m eclipsing his old time by 5 seconds.  Calvin finished 3rd in the B final of the 1000m and 500m events and 7th in the A final of the 1500m distance.  Eric finished 2nd in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m races in the A final. 
More racers will be in competition this weekend at the Classic Chill event held in Kamloops at McArthur Arena.

Calgary - Victoria, Josie, and Sara Spence, members of the Kamloops River City Racers Speed Skating Club and now training in Calgary, swept the podium in the Long Distance Ladies World Cup Trials event today.  Josie finished first with sisters Victoria and Sara finishing second and third respectively.  
 
It was Josie Spence's third top-3 result of the World Cup competition, after she came up with third place in Thursday's 3000m and a third place in Friday’s 5000m.
 
“The win means so much more to me because I had my sisters on the podium with me,” said Josie Spence. “It's encouraging and we're pushing each other to be stronger.”
 
“Personally, I was really happy that a couple skaters that had a race plan phased out quicker. That gives me the advantage because I have more endurance than some of the faster skaters,” also explained Josie Spence, who was fourth in this discipline last season at the national level. “I sat in front and felt really relaxed, and then punched it at the end. Mass start is a waiting game, and I definitely waited it out in the right way.”
 
Other results for the siblings today included an 8th place finish for Victoria in the 1500m world cup trials with a new personal best time of 2:02.39.  Unfortunately Josie did not finish the race due to a crossover problem during the event.  Sara finished 4th over the same distance in the October Invitational portion of the competition in a new personal best time of 2:06.86.  On Saturday Victoria and Sara finished third and fourth respectively in the 1000m event of the October Invitational Competition.
 
The 57 skaters who took part in the World Cup Trials competition, held at the same time as the Oval Invitational events, were attempting to earn a spot on the team that will represent Canada at the first four ISU Long Track Speed Skating World Cup stages slated for this fall, i.e. in Calgary (November 13-15), Salt Lake City, USA (November 20-22), Inzell, Germany (December 4-6) and Heerenveen, Netherlands (December 11-13).
 
The list of Canadian team members will be announced over the next few weeks ahead of the first ISU Long Track World Cup of the season, set to take place from November 13 to 15 at Calgary's Olympic Oval.
 
 
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Calgary - River City Racers Speed Skating Sisters - Victoria, Josie, and Sara Spence - are in action this weekend at the Calgary oval competing for spots at the upcoming Fall World Cup Series.  In the 3km event Josie placed third in a time of 4:14:00 - just 3 tenths of a second off second place but good enough to secure a spot on the Fall World Cup Team in this event.  Victoria placed 7th in a time of 4:24.05, and youngest sister Sara clocked the 9th fastest time over this distance in a new personal best of 4:27.07.  Her previous best was 4:30.85. In the 5000m event Josie placed third and Victoria placed 5th at the world cup trials.   Sara placed 3rd in the 500m event of the October Invitational competition. 
Races resume today and tomorrow.

Josie Spence, a member of the Kamloops River City Racers, received the National Long Track Female Athlete of the Year Award at British Columbia's Speed Skating Associations annual awards celebration earlier this year.   Sister Sara Spence received the Provincial Long Track Female Athlete of the Year Award. Josie’s season highlights included  qualifying for all 5 world cups and the World Championships where she competed in the 1500m individual event and came 4th in the World in the team pursuit event.  Sara brought home 6 medals from the recent Canada Winter Games - 2 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze medals.  She also won the silver medal at the Junior National Championships in the 500m event.  
Based on last season’s performances all three Spence sisters were named to the National Elite Speed Skating Pathway; Josie was named to the National Senior Elite pool of skaters (stage 5 of 5 stages), and sisters Victoria and Sara were named to the National Senior pool of skaters (stage 4).  On the Provincial Level Josie and Victoria were awarded the top level of the provincial performance program - level 1; Sara made the level 2 program; and brother Eric qualified for the level 4 provincial performance program in both Long Track and Short Track speed skating. 

The Kamloops River City Racers is beginning its club skating season this Sunday (Sept 20) at MacArthur Island Arena with an Open House skate from 6 - 7pm.  A second Open House will be held Thursday evening September 24 from 5 - 6pm at the same location. Children, Friends, Parents, Grandparents - are all welcome to come out and have some fun turns around the rink.  You may borrow equipment from the club for this event and find out more about our club programs.  In addition to our competitive club program we offer an Adult Learn to Speed Skate and a Youth Learn to Speed Skate this Fall.

 
 
 
 
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