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Cham­pi­onship will be the high­est level of speed skat­ing held in P.E.I. since 1997

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The Canada East short track speed skat­ing cham­pi­onships will be held at the East­link Cen­trein Char­lot­te­town on March 26 and 27.

Eastern Canada’s top young short track speed skaters will be com­pet­ing in Char­lot­te­town in March.

Speed Skate P.E.I. will host Speed Skat­ing Canada’s 2016 Canada East Short Track Cham­pi­onships in Char­lot­te­town on March 26 and 27 at the East­link Cen­tre. The an­nounce­ment was made Fri­day by Speed Skate P.E.I. and the City of Char­lot­te­town’s SCORE! ini­tia­tive.

The event will at­tract the top 11- to 15-year-old skaters from On­tario east and Nu­navut.

Speed Skate P.E.I. pres­i­dent Rob Binns said the event will be in­stru­men­tal in the con­tin­u­ing de­vel­op­ment of the sport in the province.

“Speed Skat­ing has re­ally been grow­ing on P.E.I. over the past few years and this event will be a great source of in­spi­ra­tion for many of our cur­rent and fu­ture speed skaters,” he said.

“The chance to com­pete in this cal­i­bre of event on home ice in front of Is­land fans is an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for our young ath­letes to strive to­ward.”

P.E.I. has sent teams to Canada East for the past four years with Carly Con­nell nab­bing the Is­land’s best ever fin­ish, fifth in 2013. Miriam Bur­nett had a trio of sev­enth-place fin­ishes for P.E.I. at this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

The event, which will fea­ture 128 com­peti­tors, will see the high­est level of speed skat­ing com­pe­ti­tion held in P.E.I. since 1997, when the Cana­dian Age Class Short Track Cham­pi­onships were hosted in the cap­i­tal city.

“Canada East is an im­por­tant event for us as we work to de­velop the world’s best speed skaters,” said Speed Skat­ing Canada CEO Ian Moss.

“Past com­peti­tors have gone on to be­come part of our na­tional team and rep­re­sented Canada at ju­nior and se­nior World Cups and World Cham­pi­onships. Canada East is where we of­ten get a first look at our fu­ture elite ath­letes and we’re ex­cited about do­ing that in Char­lot­te­town next year.”

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