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