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Speedskaters prepare for Arctics

Earlier this month, the Whitehorse Rapids Speed Skating Club hosted their annual winter camp with David Morrison from Richmond, B.C.

By Whitehorse Star on February 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm

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FINAL PREPARATIONS – Yukon speedskaters Shea Hoffman, left, and Donald Fortune, right, work their muscles during a recent camp in an attempt to pull down a wall in the Coca-Cola Fieldhouse at the Canada Games Centre. Photo courtesy PHIL HOFFMAN

Earlier this month, the Whitehorse Rapids Speed Skating Club hosted their annual winter camp with David Morrison from Richmond, B.C. 

Several Alaskans along with a few dozen Yukoners attended the camp held at the Canada Games Centre.

It was the last major training camp before the 2014 Arctic Winter Games Team in March. 

“Now the Alaskans will know the secrets that the Yukoners have in store for the Games,” joked Rapids spokesperson Mark Ritchie.

Morrison is the head coach of the Short Track Legacy Program at the Richmond Oval and Speed Skating Canada’s regional development mentor. 

He is also a level five nationally-ranked coach and has trained members of the 2011 Canada Winter Games team and Junior World Short Track Championship teams from 1994 to 2010.

The territory’s speedskating team is made up of juniors Shea Hoffman and Hanna Wirth, and juveniles Michael Ritchie, Micah Taggart-Cox and brothers Caleb and Jacob MacPherson.

The 2014 Arctic Winter Games will be held in Fairbanks, Alaska, from March 15 to 22 and will include about 2,000 athletes, ranging in age from 13 to 24.

Sports involved in the tournament will include: Arctic sports, Dene Games, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, alpine skiing, hockey, badminton, basketball, curling, dog mushing, figure skating, gymnastics, indoor soccer, table tennis, speedskating, ski biathlon, snowshoe biathlon, snowshoeing, volleyball, and wrestling.

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