Madison Pearman skates in the women's 1000m during the long track speed skating Canadian Championships at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, Alberta on October 15, 2021. (Photo: Dave Holland/Speed Skating Canada)

Ponoka’s Pearman lands on podium at Canadian speed skating championships

Maddison Pearman shone brightly at the Canadian Long Track Championships.

Friday night, the Ponoka native landed on the podium in the 1000 metre race, earning a bronze medal.

The 25-year-old finished in a time of 1:15.60, fast enough to meet the Canadian standard and potentially qualify both for World Cup races this fall, which would mark her first appearance on the full international circuit.

Pearman bested her 1:16.03 that she raced in the Fall Classic in Calgary last month.

She also raced in the 1500m on Saturday, finishing fifth in a time of 1:57.92.

The first international event of the long track season – a World Cup in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland – takes place November 12-14.

Based on their performances at the four World Cup events that culminate with a stop in Calgary this December, athletes have the opportunity to earn quota spots for Canada at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games. Skaters may also pre-qualify themselves for nomination to the Olympic team by earning a Top-8 overall finish on the World Cup circuit.

 

Valerie Maltais takes the gold in the women's 1000m during the long track speed skating Canadian Championships at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, Alberta on October 15, 2021. Kaylin Irvine takes home the silver medal and Maddison Pearman the bronze.(Photo: Dave Holland/Speed Skating Canada)