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Scott Beamish of P.E.I. is competing in his first major meet of the season this weekend in Calgary. A top-16 finish in the national qualifier meet will earn Beamish a spot in next month’s Canadian open short track championships.
P.E.I. short-track speed skater Scott Beamish set two new P.E.I. records and earned a spot in next month’s Canadian Open Short Track Championships in Montreal.
Beamish overcame a weekend of poor luck, blade troubles and an untimely penalty to finish sixth at the national qualifier in Calgary.
Beamish finished second among the 53-man field in the 500 metre, giving him the points he needed to secure the strong overall finish. Along the way, the Warren Grove speed skater improved on his own P.E.I. record time in the 500m, lowering the mark to 41.702 seconds.
However, the competition did not start on a high note for the P.E.I. skater, who now trains and studies in Calgary. In the 1,500-metre event, Beamish was penalized in an early heat and was unable to advance. He received last-place points in the field, which put the pressure on for subsequent events.
After his strong recovery in the 500, tough luck struck again in the 1,000 metre. Beamish was leading his quarter-final race when he was taken down from behind by another skater. While he was advanced to the semifinal by the referee, Beamish had little time between the two races to repair his blades after the crash, resulting in another fall in the semifinal.
Skating in the B final, minutes later and still without blade repairs, Beamish was unable to push his competition. Despite the blade difficulties, he managed a new personal best and P.E.I. record of 1:26.257, nearly a second faster than his prior mark from last March.
Last season, Beamish became the first P.E.I. man to qualify for the event and he is looking to build on last season’s 23-place performance at the national championship.