Published on December 18, 2015
Island speedskaters Peter McQuaid, left, and Andrew McQuaid, second from right, grabbed a pair of top-10 finishes for P.E.I. at a recent short track speedskating meet in Trois Rivieres, Que.
Published on November 06, 2015
Charlottetown's Andrew McQuaid will be one of 35 Island skaters competing at the Atlantic Cup Speed Skating Championships this weekend at the Eastlink Centre.
Charlottetown short track speed skaters Andrew McQuaid, Peter McQuaid and Carly Connell will represent Prince Edward Island at the Canadian Junior Open Selections Two in Fredericton, N.B., this week.
The McQuaids will be among 60 of the country’s top junior men, while Connell will compete in a field of 60 of Canada’s top female skaters between the ages of 14 and 19. The P.E.I. trio are veterans of last season’s Canada Games in Prince George, B.C. Connell is returning to the selections event for a second consecutive year, after finishing 18th overall in Toronto last year.
The McQuaid brothers have had their best season to date, recently finishing first and third in a regional event in Halifax, along with successful competitions in Quebec and in the Maritimes earlier this season.
For Connell, who missed much of this season due to injury, the event is a chance to continue with regaining her form in a shortened season.
Racing began Thursday morning and continues throughout the weekend. The 1,000-metre event will go on Sunday, along with a second 1,500-metre event for the top-16 ranked skaters after the first three distances.
Competitors at the Fredericton event will earn points toward rankings on the Canadian junior ranking list, which will help to qualify them for further national level events next season.
For more information on the event, visit www.speedskating.ca.