Williams Lake Speed Skating Club members Sophie Reissner (left)

Williams Lake Speed Skating Club members Sophie Reissner (left)

Speed skaters get Olympic advice

A trio of Williams Lake speed skaters received some Olympic instruction in Kamloops earlier this month.

A trio of Williams Lake speed skaters received some Olympic instruction in Kamloops earlier this month.

Williams Lake Speed Skating Club members Sophie Reissner, 8, Leah Lauren, 9, Ty Lauren, 10, and their coach, Tania Lauren, were invited by the Kamloops Longblades to a training session with 2014 Canadian short-track speed skating team silver medalist Jessica Hewitt.

Hewitt, a former Kamloops resident and member of the Longblades, hosted a two-day speed skating clinic at the McArthur Island Sports Centre Olympic Oval April 4-5.

Tania was invited to the clinic as a new coach in the province, and the skaters were welcome to participate on Friday — a session that was closed to strictly the Longblades.

Sophie, Leah and Ty took part in dry-land training and were given practice time on the ice with Hewitt. They also got autographs and had the opportunity to hold her silver medal.

On Saturday, the community was invited to the ice rink for pictures, treats and a free skate.

For more on the WLSSC visit www.williamslakeskatingclub.com.