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Speed Skater Ian Walgren garners Team BC selection

Ian Walgren of Nelson was recently selected a Team BC squad that will represent the province at the Special Olympic Speed Skating Nationals, February 2020 in Thunder Bay, Ont. — Submitted photo

It’s a phone call Ian Walgren won't soon forget.

Recently, the Chef du Mission for Special Olympics Team BC Speed Skating rang up the Nelson Speed Skater to request his presence as a member of the Provincial Team for the upcoming season. And we all know how the local speed skater responded.

“Ian has gladly accepted the placement and is now Dry Land training for the up and coming speed skating season,” father Bruce Walgren told The Nelson Daily.

The training no doubt will prepare the Nelson athlete to compete for Team BC at the Special Olympic Speed Skating Nationals, February 2020 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Walgren, 16, was selected following a great result at the BC Special Olympic Games this past February in Vernon, placing in the top five of all four of his events at the SOBC Winter Games.

Currently Walgren is the only Special Olympic Speed Skater from the Kootenay Zone. He claimed a silver medal in the 222 meter race and a bronze medal in the 500 meter at the SOBC Winter Games.

When Team BC departs for Thunder Bay Walgren will be one of the youngest members of the speed skating team.

The Walgrens, Ian and coach Bruce, will join Team BC for various training sessions through the summer and fall in preparation for the Special Olympic Speed Skating Nationals.