The Mountaineer - Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada
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Speed skaters get first taste of racing at mini meet

The Rocky Mountain House Speed Skating Club hit the ice on Sept. 17, marking the beginning of their 31st year. The club has grown to 35 skaters this season, with the addition of eight new first-year skaters.
After a few practices, the club hosted its first mini competition of the season on Oct. 10, offering skaters the chance to get a chance to experience racing in a familiar, low-stress environment before the competitive season heats up.
The mini meet also gives parents a chance to learn various volunteer positions required to run a provincially-sanctioned meet, including starting, timing, place judging, lap counting and marshalling.
The speed skaters are looking forward to some big competitions this season, including the Alberta Winter Games in February. Airdrie will be hosting the games, but the long track speed skating competition will be held at the Olympic Oval in Calgary. Also in February, Red Deer will be hosting the Canadian Age Class Long Track Championships. The Rocky Mountain House Speed Skating Club hopes to have skaters qualify for both events.
Another important event for the club is the 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games. Tyler Larson, a sixteen-year-old student who attends St. Dominic High School, was named to Team Alberta in June. He will represent the province in short track speed skating at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay, Ontario, from February 25 to 29, 2020.