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      February 8, 2019

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      The 2019 Western Canadian Championships got underway today with skate sprints, at Telemark Ski Club in Kelowna. The temperatures were in the -10 deg. C.  range with firm track conditions for the competitors.

      Photos by DW

      In the morning qualifiers, it was a close contest between Katie Weaver of Hollyburn and Elizabeth Elliott of Revelstoke. Weaver prevailed by less than a second at the line. On the men's side it was more clear cut, with Julien Locke skiing to a comfortable 4 second victory over his Black Jack teammate Remi Drolet.


      The women's final was a close race, with Whistler's Benita Peiffer, a junior, winning by 8 1/100ths of a second over Katie Weaver the 1st senior. In 3rd place was Elizabeth Elliott, (the 2nd junior racer). Nakkertok and UBC skier Claire Grall-Johnson was the 2nd senior competitor followed by the 3rd junior, Amanda Thompson of Whitehorse. The 3rd senior was Anna Zimmerman of Red Deer.

      Women's podium

      The senior men's race saw Julien Locke well out in front, by 3 seconds, once again ahead of his junior teammate Remi Drolet. The battle for 2nd was tight with Drolet prevailing by 3/100ths of a second over local Telemark skier Gareth Williams.

      Sam Hendry of Canmore won quite a close race in the junior men's category, over Tallon Noble of Strathcona. 3rd was Rhys James of Foothills.

      Sr. Men's podium


      Tomorrow's races are classic, mass-start competitions.

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