Panthers among medals at Nationals


Nick and Irene Myint, of Bassendean, with members of the WA State Speed Skate team. Picture: David Baylis           d449146
Nick and Irene Myint, of Bassendean, with members of the WA State Speed Skate team. Picture: David Baylis         d449146

WA came second in the overall medal tally.

Midland’s Kylie Robertson, of the Morley-based Panthers, said the skaters did really well and were all awarded medals.

“This year our skaters ranged in age from eight to their 50s, with the races a number of different lengths.

“Speed skaters entered the races from 100m upwards, whereas the long distance skaters were racing in events up to 42km.”

Each State runs their championships and the skaters have to complete a variety of races.

There is a large amount of training that takes place after the selection has been made, done at Midvale for some skaters.

Training is two and a half hours, four days a week, with some running and cycling work also completed at home.

The Panthers are seeking sponsors for the skaters, as so far parents are responsible for all the funding.

This includes uniforms, flights, car hire and accommodation, even though the teams do some fundraising.