Jul 242014
 

The Ontario Speed Skating Association is planning to offer Level 1 and/ or Level 2 Officials Clinics during the Cambridge summer camp (August 16 and 17, 2014) on demand.

If you are interested in attending a clinic, contact the OSSA sports manager (sportmanager@ontariospeedskating.ca) before July 31, 2014 indicating your interest. Indicate what position – timer, judge, track steward, referee, etc. and what level. There will be the opportunity to gain practical experience on-ice during camp races on Sunday.

 Posted by at 12:56 pm
Jun 142014
 

Come skate with 2014 Olympians in Ottawa

During its Annual General Meeting held in Ottawa June 19-21, Speed Skating Canada is inviting young skaters and members from the community to come out and skate with Olympians from the 2014 Olympic Games.

 The event will take place from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Roger Senecal Arena in the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex (1490 Youville Dr., Ottawa), home of the Gloucester Concordes club.

 Rising stars will have the opportunity to skate and celebrate with Olympians with photo opportunities and autographs from the athletes in a public skating event divided in two sessions. The final schedule will be communicated during the week.

 SCHEDULE

(final schedule will be communicated during the week – additional athletes to be confirmed)

 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm:

Ivanie Blondin
Jamie Gregg
Gilmore Junio
William Dutton
Lucas Makowsky (off the ice)

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm:

Charles Hamelin
François Hamelin

We hope to see you there and don’t forget to bring your skates, your helmet and everything you want to do autograph!

***

Venez patiner avec des Olympiens de 2014 à Ottawa

Dans le cadre de son Assemblée générale annuelle présenté à Ottawa du 19 au 21 juin, Patinage de vitesse Canada invite les jeunes patineurs de la région ainsi que les membres de sa communauté à venir patiner avec des Olympiens des Jeux olympiques de 2014.

L’opportunité aura lieu entre 14 h 30 et 16 h 30 à l’aréna Roger Sénécal du Centre Bob MacQuarrie, hôte du club des Concordes de Gloucester (1490 Youville Dr., Ottawa).

Au cours de cette opportunité, les jeunes de la relève auront la chance de patiner et d’échanger avec les Olympiens et d’obtenir un autographe ou une photo dans une formule de patinage libre divisée en deux sessions.

HORAIRE

(l’horaire final sera communiqué au cours de la semaine – des athlètes supplémentaires seront confirmés)

14 h 30 à 15 h 30 :

Ivanie Blondin
Jamie Gregg
Gilmore Junio
William Dutton
Lucas Makowsky (hors-glace)

15 h 30 à 16 h 30 :

Charles Hamelin
François Hamelin

Nous espérons vous y voir et n’oubliez pas d’apporter vos patins, votre casque et tout ce que vous voulez faire autographier!

 Posted by at 7:58 pm
Apr 142014
 

This past weekend, the St. Lawrence Speed Skating Club handed out their yearly awards. Here are some of the pictures from the event.

IMG_7432Skater of the Year: Emma Grace Wheeler

IMG_7426Spirit Award: Andrew Chartrand

IMG_7423Most Enthusiastic 1st year Skater: Kaitlin Gallant

IMG_7421Most Improved Junior Skater: Arie Devos

IMG_7420Most Improved Senior Skater: Kim Shonewille

IMG_7414Skaters who attended National Events: Alphonse Ouimet, Emma Grace Wheeler, Chloe Segal, Nick Everett

IMG_741260 Second Club Inductee: Emma Grace Wheeler

Thanks to all who attended, and to all for this past season a great success! See in September.

 Posted by at 8:58 pm
Apr 082014
 

Congrats to the 3 skaters who traveled to Newmarket last weekend to compete in the Provincial B Championship. Here’s how they did:

Nolan Roney – 19th (Boys – 11 yrs old)

Andrew Chartrand – 3rd (Mixed Gender – 13 & 14 yrs old)

Connor Taughner – 3rd (Open Men)

Congrats to both Andrew and Connor for taking home medals.

The protocol, with full results, can be found on the OSSA website.

The PB’s page has been updated, including the results from the Provincial C Championship.

 Posted by at 10:56 am
Apr 072014
 

The Cambridge and Toronto Speed Skating Clubs are pleased to announce that registration for their summer camp system is now open.

The camps will be hosted by both clubs as follows :
2 weeks in Toronto : July 14-18 and July 21-25. These weeks will have a Technical focus.
1 week in Cambridge : August 14-18. This week will have a Conditioning and Racing Tactics focus.
Lead Coach: Steve Robillard (all 3 weeks). Special guest coach: Valérie Maltais (Toronto only confirmed at this time).
Please visit either the TSSC or CSSC website for a detailed description of both portions of the camp and instructions on how to register.
Ellis Edge Youth Camp (12 and over) – July 7 -11, Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex – Orléans, ON, 1490 Youville Dr., Orleans, ON K1C2X8
For more information, check out the Ellis Edge website
Ellis Edge Masters Camp – August 1 -4, Ottawa. Details to follow.

 Posted by at 6:55 pm
Apr 012014
 

Celebrate Success

***Year-End Celebration ***
on Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Potluck Luncheon & Awards
12:00 pm to 2:30 pm

AGM
to follow

MERC Hall

120 East MacLean Blvd, Maitland

Family & Friends are welcome!

Please RSVP and indicate # of guests and potluck contribution.

 Posted by at 5:46 pm
Mar 252014
 

The inaugural marathon weekend marathon for Lake Memphemagog at Newport Vermont was held on the March 1/2 weekend. A week before the event we didn’t know if there would be such a skate as the organizers didn’t know if they could provide decent ice, having never organized such a skating event. It was only by luck that the MSI (Marathon Skating International) president, Neal Hundt, had stopped by two weeks earlier on his way to the Quebec Plains of Abraham marathon to grab a bite to eat and that he caught up with Phil White. Phil is the local ‘mover and shaker’ when it comes to organizing long distance events for Newport and after talking to Neal decided that maybe they should add speed skating to the list (along with in-line, swimming and cycling).

In two weeks they had an organization established with plenty of willing volunteers and proceeded to develop an excellent 700 meter oval on the lake. We had 1,5, 21 and 42km events. For the latter two events, due to the short notice, the field of skaters was small, however, very enthusiastic. Those who attended (about 23 skaters in the longer events) had nothing but praise for the organization and the quality of the ice. Most skaters were from the US with four of us (including Heidi and myself) from Ontario and two from Quebec. We all had a good time and the restaurant at oval-side provided a wonderful seafood buffet on the Saturday nite. The same first class local craft beer as we experienced at Lake Champlain last year was available on tap here as well. The competition was of a high level and both Heidi and I came away with a wonderful prize of free registration for next year’s event. This prize was not for winning a race, but for being the last ones in the ‘barn door’ following the 42km race. Although we both skated personal bests, the competition for this event was of very high caliber.

All agreed that Lake M. will be on our personal calendars for next season.

Mar 252014
 

Congrats to the skaters who competed in the Provincial C Championships this past weekend. Here are the official results.

Cameron Mackay – 10th (9 year old boys)
Paige Besner – 8th (8 year old girls)
Annella Roney – 11th (8 year old girls)
Andy Giroux – 2nd (7 year old boys)
Celia Giroux – 8th (6&7 year old girls)

Note: Celia skated with 6 and 7 year old girls due to lack of skaters in these 2 groups. She finished 2nd overall in the 6 year old girls category

The official protocol can be found on the OSSA website, under the racing category.

The PB page will be updated after this weekend’s Provincial B Championship. Good luck to those who will be skating.

 Posted by at 9:17 am