Toronto skaters continued their incredible form at the Canadian Age Class Championships in Prince George, BC this past weekend with more fantastic results!
Sixteen Ontario skaters took part in the meet, seven of these coming from the Toronto club. And what a comin out party it was for the Toronto skaters. Both Alex R, Junior A Men, and Ayanna B, Junior A Women, won their respective divisions and were crowned National Champions! Considering only four National Champions were crowned, these skaters represented half of the National Champions! Both Ayanna and Alex skated not only fast but with tons of intelligence, taking opportunities when they came up, and often outstrategized the pack.
The club had three other top ten finishes at the meet, an awesome feat. Nils E, Junior A Men finished 6th, Aidan P, Junior B Men finished 7th and Gibson H, Junior B Men finished 9th despite being sick for the entire meet, skating through illness and missing the entire 500 distance!
The racing at the meet was exceptoipnal, and was crowned off in the relays when the Ontario 1 Male team, a team that included four Toronto skaters in the five man team (Aidan, Alex, Gibson, Nils) battled two strong Quebec teams and was positioned to win. With three laps to go the lead Quebec team went down, taking Ontario 1 with them. This led to confusion and a late exchange resulting in a disqualification to both Ontario 1 and Quebec 1! Because of this the bronze medal was awarded to the winner of the B final: Ontario 2. Ontario 2 also included two Toronto skaters within it’s four skater lineup – Mike S and Hayden M!
Our skaters brought home many medals; in fact all but three of the individual Ontario medals, and our skaters were key skaters at part of the two relay medals won by the Province! Final medal winners included:
Ayanna B – Junior A Women – Overall Canadian Champion
- Gold 500 m
- Gold 1500 m
- Gold 3000 m
- Silver 1000 m
- Silver 3000 m Relay (part of a four skater team)
Alex R – Junior A Men – Overall Canadian Champion
- Gold 1500 m
- Silver 500 m
- Bronze 3000 m
Mike S and Hayden M
- Silver 5000 m Relay (they were two of a four skater team)
Amazing results! These represent nine of the twelve medals earned by Ontario!
Lastly, there were tons of comments about the form of the skaters from Toronto, how competitive they looked, how good their form was and even comments on their strategic thinking. Congratulations on making your club, and your Province very proud!
For complete results, see here: results
Stay tuned for extensive videos to be uploaded the the club’s YouTube site over the coming days