Speedskater headed to Games

Penticton's Abigail McCluskey earns spot on Team B.C's speedskating squad for Canada Winter Games

Abigail McCluskey

Abigail McCluskey

Penticton’s Abigail McCluskey has earned a spot on Team B.C.’s speed skating squad for the Canada Winter Games in Prince George Feb. 13 until March 1, 2015.

“I’m pretty excited,” said McCluskey. “Really good competition, especially for the top four. I was pretty confident. I thought I performed pretty well, especially first the two days.”

McCluskey claimed the second of four spots at a tryout in Fort St. John over the weekend, an event that also counted for Canada Cup points. Her best result was sixth. McCluskey, who started short track speed skating in 2010 and recently competed in the Regional Junior World Cup in Calgary, is happy to have it over and the stress gone.

“I just used it more for training to get ready for bigger comps,” she said. “It’s good to be there with the top skaters in the country.” Ahead for McCluskey, a member of the Kelowna Speed Skating Club, is more training and preparing for Canada Cup events. McCluskey is also seeking sponsorship. Anyone interested in helping McCluskey can reach her at abigail.mccluskey@gmail.com.