Long Blades take part in Canadian Youth Challenge speed skating event

The Kamloops Long Blades took part in the 2021 Canadian Youth Challenge, a national virtual speed skating event presented by Intact Insurance.

Skaters ages 10 to 15 competed in individual and team races in the short track challenge from Feb. 22 to March 28, with the Long Blades in action on the Olympic ice surface at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre.

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In the individual events, Adam Turner placed second in the 222-metre pursuit event.

Lienke Raath was fifth in the 100m flying lap and sixth in the 200m pursuit and 400m races. Meena Litt placed sixth in the 100m flying lap and 200m races and seventh in the 400m event.

Keidis Corrigan placed ninth in the 400m race and Allison Hill placed 10th in the 100m flying lap.

Caleb Van der Merwe finished sixth in the 100m flying lap, fifth in the 200m pursuit and seventh in the 400m.

Leah Turner placed 10th in the 111m flying lap, seventh in the 200m pursuit and 10th in the 500m. Sophia Pankratz was ninth in the 200m pursuit and 500m events.

In team action, Hill and Van der Merwe placed ninth in the 10-minute, two-person relay.

In the four-lap team sprint, Hill, Litt, Nelson Smith and Keidis Corrigan won bronze, while Leah Turner, Adam Turner, Pankratz and Van der Merwe placed fourth.

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