Ridge Meadows Racer Janie Green is off to the Canada West Short Track Championships in Canmore Alberta later this month, after making it to the top of the podium at the B.C. Short Track provincial Championships held in Mission last weekend.
Green took gold in 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 400m and 200m pursuit.
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 1500m, 400m, 200m pursuit, and 2000m races to take gold in the male division L2T 11 action.
Teammate Tim Song took bronze with personal bests finishes in 1500m and 200m pursuit action. Pascal Chassay also put in a strong effort taking seventh overall in the province and notching a personal best in the 1500m.
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 3000m time to finish 8th in BC.
Shivani Bahadur was a solid sixth place overall with a personal best in her 400m 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 ten in Canadian female speed skating with an impressive showing at national trial last week. She came ninth overall with several personal bests and top ten showings. She is now in the running to take a spot at the upcoming Olympic trials. William McLennan is off to the Canadian Age Class championships in Montreal this month with training mate Connor Meeks of Ridge Racers sister club the Langley Blades.
For information about the club, check out www.ridgemeadowsracers.org