Saanich Peninsula speed skater Toria Kalyniuk (far right) made the podium at the B.C. Provincial Championships over the weekend. She placed fourth. (Submitted)

Saanich Peninsula speed skater reaches podium at provincials

Toria Kalyniuk fourth; qualifies for nationals in Quebec

Speed skater Toria Kalyniuk has earned her way to the national championships in Quebec later this year.

Kalyniuk, who trains with coach Brenda Hennigar and the Saanich Peninsula Speed Skating Club, placed fourth at the B.C. Provincial Championships over the weekend in Fort St. John. Brooke Braun (Fort St. John) came first, followed by Laura Hall (Vernon) and Martina Antifay (Kamloops) in the long track event. All four qualified for the nationals in Ste. Foy, Quebec in February.

However, according to Hennigar, Kalyniuk will have to wait and see if she will be able to go, as a new selection process for the nationals is in effect this season. She said it’s based on an allocation of entries per province and the territories.

“Only the first two spots are guaranteed,” Hennigar wrote in an email to the News Review. “Toria will have to wait and see if a spot will be available for her.”

Kalyniuk skated to personal best times in three of her four distance races at the provincials. She skated against 12 competitors in her Under 16 age class.

She went to the provincials with fellow Peninsula club member Peyton Stonehouse-Smith, who placed sixth in the Junior Olympic category and personal best times in three of her four distances.

The pair have been skating with the local club for a few years and only recently began working with Hennigar on long track speed skating.

Just Posted

Greater Victoria is a tough market, even for former homeowners

Seniors often squeezed out of the housing market due to limited income

Garry Oak Meadow Marathon underway at Cattle Point

Every Sunday in February and March Friends of Uplands Park is seeking volunteers

Number of adults living with parents has doubled since 1995

9 per cent of the adult population living with one or more parent

WATCH: Historic night in Red Deer as 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off

Star-studded Opening Ceremony features athletes from across Canada

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Plecas won’t run in next election if B.C. legislature oversight reforms pass

B.C. Speaker and Abbotsford South MLA says he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Jody Wilson-Raybould

Workshop with ‘accent reduction’ training cancelled at UBC

The workshop was cancelled the same day as an email was sent out to international students

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Man in Vancouver Island hotel shooting pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Brandon Tyler Woody, from Victoria, to be sentenced in late March in B.C. Supreme Court

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Most Read