After setting a track record in the 500m and making waves at Canada Cup in Fort St. John back in December, Josh Telizyn and his seven Elks teammates were ready to keep the momentum going at the Canadian Junior Championships and Canada Cup 2 in Calgary, January 3 to 6.
Telizyn had very strong sprints in the Canadian Juniors, finishing fourth in the 500m and fifth in the 1000m. His 500m time in Canada Cup 2, 36:01 seconds, was even better than his Pomeroy Sport Centre track record of 36.16 he set on December 8.
Though the Elks as a group excel in the sprints, the focus for the team overall was in the longer races. Telizyn was thrilled with his 5000m race, where he finished 20th. However, he fell in the 1500m, costing him one of the final qualifying spots on Team Canada for the World Junior Speed Skating Championships in Poland.
“The fall was unfortunate but I’m not too worried about it, I still have a chance to make the team next year,” said Telizyn. “I’m just pleased at how we did as a team and with my 5000m time.”
Telizyn is already looking ahead to his next big opportunity, a trip to Norway with his training group in Calgary, February 14 to 23.
“To have one opportunity offerred to me right as one went away is a really cool feeling. I can’t wait to experience Europe and the style of skating over there.”
For Amanda Mitchell, the 2019-20 season has been an up and down one. Now out of high school, she’s had a hard time training as much as she’d like now that she’s working fulltime. Still, she’s stuck with it, and saw her best times of the season at Canada Cup 2.
“I was very close to my personal bests in Calgary, and I’m very happy with that,” Mitchell said. “I’m just going to keep working hard and progressing forward.”
Mitchell finished seventh in both the 1500m and 3000m races at the Canadian Juniors, to go with a 13th-place finish in the 500m and ninth place in the 1000m.
Elks head coach Richard Stickel was pleased with the group as a whole, especially 14-year-old skaters Jack Hanson and Sidney Bennie, who set personal bests in their first Canadian Junior Championship.
Both Bennie and Hanson will compete at the 2020 B.C. Long Track Provincials in Fort St. John, January 24 and 25, along with a handful of their younger Elks teammates.
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