Speed skater in national development program

Speed skater Maddison Pearman has been accepted into a national development pool with Speed Skating Canada for the 2016/17 season.

Speed skater Maddison Pearman.

Speed skater Maddison Pearman has been accepted into a national development pool with Speed Skating Canada for the 2016/17 season intended to push her skills forward in the long track category.

Pearman is among 34 Canadian skaters who had strong performances last season, enough to put them among the top in the country. These athletes are placed in three teams: national elite, senior and development, the latter of which Pearman is a part of.

In an interview, Pearman said the development pool is for athletes who show potential for the 2018 winter Olympics and who also have a strong chance at earning medals in the 2022 and 2026 Olympics. It’s an opportunity that brings more than just training benefits; Pearman receives financial support to reduce the actual training and travel costs associated with the sport.

“I’m in a much better place than last year,” said Pearman.

Until the actual season, team members have been training six times a week, two times a day, mostly on dry land in Calgary. A few times a week they also speed skate. With direction from coach Xiuli Wang, Pearman and a tight knit group of athletes are getting ready for the season.

Pearman says her strengths lie in long track, in the 1,000m and 1,500m events but she said Wang wants her to be well-rounded in her skills. Goals for this season, which starts up in September, include having a higher ranking at the World Cup trials set for October in Calgary.


Just Posted

Wolf Creek Schools raises Treaty 6 flag for first time

Chiefs, school officials took part in a ceremony that is aimed at acknowledging Treaty 6 land

Pair arrested in Ponoka with several weapons, face 98 charges

Two men nabbed after early morning suspicious vehicle reported, stolen weapons found

UPDATE: 18-year-old Rimbey teen dies in collision

A portion of Highway 53 west of Rimbey is down to one lane while crews investigate

Ponoka County approves $70,000 to dredge Parkland Beach

Parkland Beach to see some dredging support from Ponoka County

Ponoka sets bylaw on cannabis retail, pushes for quick public consumption regulation

Town passes first reading on retail outlet bylaw, questions staff on need to separate public usage

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Edmonton cannabis company revenues more than triples to $19.1 million

Aurora Cannabis revenues more than triple in fourth quarter

Seattle one step closer to NHL after arena plan approved

Seattle City Council unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena

Hockey league gets $1.4M for assistance program after Humboldt Broncos crash

Program will help players, families, coaches and volunteers after the shock of the deadly crash

Canada has removed six out of 900 asylum seekers already facing U.S. deportation

Ottawa had said the ‘overwhelming majority’ had been removed

Appeal pipeline decision but consult Indigenous communities, Scheer says

The federal appeals court halted the Trans Mountain expansion last month

‘I’ll never forgive you:’ Victim impact statements at hearing for Calgary killer

Curtis Healy was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday in the death of Dawns Baptiste.

Man accused of mailing bomb to his brother in B.C. has died

Leon Nepper was found in ‘medical distress’ at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre on Sunday

Most Read