Short track comes up big in Richmond, B.C.

Short track comes up big in Richmond, B.C.

RICHMOND, B.C. - In the span of four weeks, speed skating reaffirmed its grip on the Richmond Olympic Oval.

From four-time Olympic medallist Kristina Groves joining City of Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie for an ice side chat during the Canadian Short Track Championship for junior A and B and neo-senior skaters in March, to 2010 Vancouver gold medallists Guillaume Bastille and Francois Hamelin giving a clinic, the Oval was abuzz with speed skating.

With Bastille and Hamelin participating in the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance’s Sport Event Congress in Richmond from April 18-20, the B.C. Speed Skating Association and Speed Skating Canada treated more than 70 people from six BCSSA clubs.

The participants took part in a question-and-answer session and a one hour on-ice clinic with Bastille and Hamelin, and three cheque presentations as part of Intact Insurance’s World Cup Podium Tracker program

Bastille and Hamelin joined Jim Allison and Ted Houghton of BCSSA in presenting $1,000 cheques to the Port Coquitlam Speed Skating Club (Olivier Jean, 500-metre gold medal in Moscow), Ridge Meadows Speed Skating Association (Michael Gilday, 1000-metre bronze in Japan) and Langley Blades Speed Skating (Liam McFarlane, 500-metre silver in Moscow).

Visit SSC’s Facebook page for more photos of the event.