How fast can you skate?
If you have the need for speed, British Columbia Speed Skating is challenging you to strap on a pair of skates and test your speed against the rest of the province.
Speed Week runs from Dec. 12 to 22 at rinks all across B.C., and Mission skaters can participate in the event when it comes to the Mission Leisure Centre (MLC) on Dec. 12 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Speed Week is open to skaters of all ages, and will be using a format similar to that used by the NHL Skills Competition. Skaters complete one lap of the track to record their fastest time. Skaters will compete in their local community during Speed Week and their times will be compared against the times of skaters from across B.C.
Results will then be tabulated and the fastest skater champions will be crowned.
Age categories for the event are: 3 to 5 years, 6 to 9 years, 10 to 12 years, 13 to 15 years (male and female), 16 to 18 (male and female) and 19 plus (male and female).
Participants require hockey or figure skates and a helmet, all of which will be available for rent at the MLC. Skaters must also wear hockey gloves or borrow cut-proof gloves, which will also be available at the MLC.
There is a $2 registration fee, with all funds raised from the event going to the local Mission Racers speed skating club.
Upcoming local speed skating events include the BC Cup Race 2, which occurs at the Richmond Olympic Oval on Dec. 14. The Mission Racers also compete at the Burnaby Interclub event on Jan. 12 and the Fraser Valley Finale year-end competition on Feb. 9.
To register for Speed Week, visit bcspeedskating.ca/speedweek.