Speed skaters thrill crowds at Sask. Winter Games

By Roger White
February 20, 2018 - 2:00pm

It was a dominant performance on the speed skating oval  for both Team Prairie Central and Team Saskatoon at the opening day of the Saskatchewan Winter Games Monday.

After the morning's preliminary heats determined positioning for the semifinals in the Men’s and Women’s 1,500m races, the crowd at the Battlefords Arena was treated to several competitive heats with as many as 60 skaters from across the province gunning for the podium.

In the women’s competition, Meela Riben of Lakelands and Janaye Stribbell of Saskatoon were each awarded bronze medals with identical times in their heat, while Kiera Bracha of Prairie Central claimed the silver medal and her 12-year-old teammate Serena Dallaire won the gold. Dallaire's medal was presented by City Councillor Kent Lindgren on behalf of the City of North Battleford.

On the men’s side, Team Saskatoon’s Keegan Waddington captured a bronze, while Prairie Central’s Daniel Pauli took home the silver medal. Team Saskatoon added another gold to their medal haul as Bon Lowe stood atop the podium.

Speed skating resumes Tuesday, with the 200m and 400m competition and first heats of the 2,000m relay. All speed skating will be held at the Battleford Arena.


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