Skaters shine in Sydney


Nick and Irene Myint, of Bassendean, surrounded by members of the WA State Speed Skate team.  Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d449146
Nick and Irene Myint, of Bassendean, surrounded by members of the WA State Speed Skate team. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d449146

WA came second in the overall medal tally.

Midland manager Kylie Robertson for the Panthers, which is based in Morley, 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,” she said.

“Speed skaters entered the races from 100 metres upwards, whereas the long distance skaters were racing in events as long as 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.

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. So far, parents have been responsible for all the funding. This includes the cost of uniforms, flights, car hire and accommodation, although the teams do some fundraising on their own.