The best speed skaters in Saskatchewan will be out in Caronport this weekend.
The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Speed Skating Club is hosting 105 speed skaters from around the province at the Barkman Arena, as they strive for a spot on the provincial team for the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
"It's very exciting, it's a big endeavour for our club, it takes a lot of work and volunteers, but it's all coming together, so it's great," said Moose Jaw coach Verna Kergan, who is also the manager of Saskatchewan's long-track team.
There will be four Moose Jaw skaters on the ice vying for spots on Team Saskatchewan.
Moose Jaw's Marc-Andre Doyon is heading into the event confident that he can lock up one of the spots, "I'm feeling pretty good about it, top-five make it right now and I'm in second spot, so I'm feeling at a comfortable place," he said.
"I'm more familiar with how the other skaters skate, so I have good strategies in my mind and I'm feeling good that my training is going to come through this weekend."
The event will feature short track races of 500 metres, 1,000m, and 1,500m over the course of the two days.
Doyon said having the event on ice that he's familiar with will be an advantage as well, "I really like the Caronport rink, all the Moose Jaw skaters and parents that have been supporting me are going to be there, so I feel a really good crowd coming and it’s going to be great sleeping in my own bed as well," he said.
The races will be running throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.