Speedskating tryouts scheduled for Dec. 6 and 7

Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska will hold tryouts for short-track speedskating. Athletes who are selected at this competition will be part of Alaska's 377-person delegation to the 2004 Arctic Winter Games, scheduled for Feb. 28 through March 6, 2004, in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, part of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

The tryouts for the Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska short-track speedskating team will be held Dec. 6 and 7 at the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River. Report at 7:30 a.m. to register and warm up. Ice time begins at 8:15 a.m., and the competition concludes by 10:15 a.m.

Competitors must wear a helmet, kneepads, shinguards, neck protector and leather or Kevlar gloves. Goggles are recommended. Some equipment will be available at the rink. Speedskates or hockey skates may be used.

Athletes will compete for four male and four female positions in each of two age classes: Juveniles are those born from July 1, 1989, through June 30, 1992, and Juniors must have been born between July 1, 1984, through June 30, 1989.

Juveniles will compete over four distances: 500 meters, 666 meters, 777 meters and 1,000 meters. Juniors will compete over 500 meters, 777 meters, 1,000 meters and 1,500 meters. Skaters will be selected based upon point totals earned in four events. For more details contact Sport Coordinator Wendy Arnett at 696-7230 or 350-3836. Coaches for Team Alaska at the 2004 Games will be Tim Kelly and Nan Thompson.

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