Ridge Meadows Racer Janie Green is off to the Canada West Short Track Championships in Canmore, Alta., later this month after making it to the top of the podium at the B.C. Short Track provincial championships in Mission last weekend.
Green took gold in Train to Train (T2T) 11 competition and posted a personal best in the 200-metre final to earn the top honours in a rare tie with Annabel Johnson of Matsqui.
She was handed her medal by Olympic medalist and BC Hall of Famer Eden Donatelli-Green who happens to also be the Ridge Racers coach – and her mom.
That wasn’t the only medal Donatelli-Green handed out to her own skaters as Emily Westland earned a bronze place finish in her T2T 12 competition with personal bests in her 400-metre and 200-metre pursuits.
Marshall Shupe also made it to the top of the podium with style as he racked up an impressive number of personal bests in his 1,500-metre, 400-metre, 200-metre, and 2,000-metre races to take gold in the male division L2T 11 action.
Teammate Tim Song took bronze with personal-best finishes in 1,500-metre and 200-metre pursuit action.
Pascal Chassay also put in a strong effort taking seventh overall in the province and notching a personal best in the 1,500-metre.
The three also took second in some exciting relay action.
In the open male competition, Robert McLennan put in two personal best performances including slicing 36 seconds off his best-ever 3,000-metre time to finish eighth in B.C. Shivani Bahadur was a solid sixth place overall with a personal best in her 400-metre and she and Westland are still in the running to join Green at the Canada West competition to face racers from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the north.
In other skating action: Ridge Racer Michelle MacKay, who now trains full-time in Montreal, has cracked the top 10 in Canadian female speedskating with an impressive showing at national trials last week. She came ninth overall with several personal bests and top 10 showings.
She is now in the running to take a spot at the upcoming Olympic trials.
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