Ridge Meadows Racers compete for spot on Team BC

Three Ridge Meadows racers – Mattias Daniels and his siblings Willa and Finley Ludeman – recently competed to represent Team British Columbia in short track speed skating at the Canada Winter Games.

The trials were held at the Olympic Oval in Richmond on December 17 and 18, and the Games will be held in Prince Edward Island in February. The province’s top 16 skaters under the age of 19 were eligible for the competition, which takes place every four years. Only the top four competitors per gender in the competition earn a spot to represent British Columbia at the Games, plus one alternate.

Daniels trains with the Calgary Olympic Oval Elite Pathway, but still represents the Ridge Meadows Racers in competitions. He was in a strong position to bring the team into the competition. Unfortunately, he crashed in two of the four distances, finishing fifth overall and earning a substitute spot. In the event of injury or illness, he will be prepared to travel to Prince Edward Island for the Games in February.

Not far behind was Finley Ludeman, who finished in 12th place, winning personal bests in the 500m and 1500m events.

“I’m very pleased with my performance considering I was skating with competitors up to four years older than me,” Finley said.

Willa Ludeman took 15th place in the women’s division, which was great for her.

“That means I’m the 15th fastest skater in the province, which gives me pretty good bragging rights,” shje said.

The speed skating club welcomes new members of all ages and all levels. More information about the club can be found at ridgemeadowsracers.org.

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