Gilmore Junio & Shirley Hons Honoured in Alberta

Speed Skating Canada wishes to congratulate long track development team skater Gilmore Junio, who was named Alberta's Junior Male Athlete of the Year for the 2010 season. The province also honoured timer Shirley Hons for her work as an official.

Junio was a short track speed skater up until 2009, when he made the switch to long track following a back injury. At his first season with clap skates, the skater caught everyone's attention by qualifying for the World Junior Championships, which also confirmed him as a member of the 2010-11 Development Team. At his first international competition on a 400m Oval, Junio finished fourth in the 500m and seventh in the 1000m. This past Fall, the young skater qualified to race his first World Cup, and he is currently ranked 27th in World Cup 500m competition.

As for Shirley Hons, she has been a speed skating volunteer and official for 20 years. She is a Level 3 Timer, the highest level achievable in that position. Hons has been Chief Timer for the vast majority of international competitions held at the Olympic Oval in Calgary in the last 10 years, and she was Assistant Chief Timer at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. She also volunteers her time to train and mentor Level 2 and 3 timers, helping to ensure the development of a pool of qualified officials in Alberta.

Nominations were accepted for these awards throughout the year. Award recipients were chosen by a selection committee based on their performance, achievements and contributions to amateur athletics in Alberta in 2010.