Carly Connell, Andrew and Peter McQuaid at junior open selections

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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

Organizations: Canadian Junior Open Selections, Canada Games

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Fredericton, Charlottetown Canada Prince George Toronto Halifax Quebec

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