Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Manitoba’s top athletes were dominant on national and international stages around the world over the Louis Riel long weekend.
Team Manitoba undefeated at Scotties
The recently crowned Manitoba champions began their competition on Saturday at the 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Manitoban curling fans have been pleasantly surprised throughout the early stages of the tournament, as Team Englot has executed perfectly in key moments against the nation’s most dominant rinks.
Former Saskatchewan champion and Manitoba skip Michelle Englot has proven herself more than worthy of wearing Manitoba’s emblem, and has helped lead Team Manitoba in round-robin play. Team Manitoba tops the Scotties standings with a 5-0 record so far, and is the only team other than Ontario’s Rachel Homan to hold an undefeated record through three days of play.
Keep up with the Scotties Tournament of Hearts here.
Tyson Langelaar impresses at World Junior Speed Skating Championships
Winnipegger Tyson Langelaar celebrated his 18th birthday by winning four medals at the 2017 World Junior Speed Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland this weekend. On Friday, Langelaar picked up bronze in the men’s 1500m. On Saturday, Langelaar won bronze in the 1000m event, and silver in the men’s team sprint with teammates Connor Howe and David La Rue.
Canada’s stand-out long track speed skater also placed third overall in the men’s individual standings, earning his third and final bronze medal of the weekend. Coached by fellow Manitoban and former national team speed skater Tyler Williamson-Derraugh, Tyson Langelaar is rising quickly in the world of men’s speed skating, and still has another season left at the junior level.
Full results for the 2017 World Junior Speed Skating Championships available here.
Tachinski sets Canadian record, wins gold at 2017 Simplot Games
At this weekend’s 2017 Simplot Games, CSCM’s Victoria Tachinski set a new Canadian Junior record and new personal best time in the Girls 400m (indoor). The 17-year-old Winnipeg runner from Vincent Massey Collegiate won the race with a time of 53.39, taking over half a second off her previous personal best.
Tachinski has been gaining attention over the last few years as she has broken numerous Canadian records, performed at prestigious international events, and out-run professional athletes.
The young phenom is worth keeping a close eye on as she looks to transition from high school to NCAA Division 1 level competition this year.
Aimee Harrison wins silver at Senior Diving Nationals
Revolution Diving’s Aimee Harrison won a silver medal on the weekend at the 2017 Winter Diving Nationals in the Women’s 1m event.
The competition featured Canada’s top senior divers, including Manitobans Serena Buchwald, Alyssa Gauthier, and Mara George of Manitoba. Harrison, coached by CSCM’s Dallas Ludwick, also competed in the Women’s 3m final.