MB speed skaters top podium

Canadian Junior Long Track Championships and Canada Cup 2

Manitoba Speed Skating Association congratulates Manitoba Long Track speed skaters who topped the podium this past weekend in Calgary, among them, Alexa Scott, daughter of Judy and Malcolm Scott.

Scott started her speed skating journey while growing up and living in Virden. She stopped in on her way home last evening to show her great uncle and aunt, Ken and Susan Ivey her gold medals and Championship plaque.

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Her mother, Judy, also grew up in Virden and worked for Ivey Florists many years ago.

Now from Clandeboye, Man., Scott was crowned Canadian Junior Long Track Champion at the Olympic Oval in Calgary on Sunday, Jan. 6. The overall title earned her a spot on the World Junior Championships team.

In the Canada Cup 2 Scott competed against National skaters from, B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and 12 skaters from China.  

She will return for her second World Junior Championships, having earned the most points among the field of 30 female athletes at the Canadian event. She skated to gold medals in all four distances that contribute to the overall title – the 500m (40.10), 1000m (1:18.41), 1500m (2:01.09) and 3000m (4:19.68) – edging her competitors by a significant margin in each race.

“This has been my goal all season and it went even better than my expectations,” explained Scott about her performance. “It was a rewarding weekend. I had a breakthrough in my times at a competition earlier this year and it was reassuring to see that it wasn’t a fluke! I want to keep building going into World Junior Championships so I can continue to make strides in improving my time.”

Other Manitoba winners include Heather McLean, Jess Neufeld and Tyson Langelaar.

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