Nov 082012

22  St Lawrence Rapids Rapids speed skaters participated in 2 competitions on the weekend of November 3rd.
A provincial meet was held in Cambridge and St Lawrence had 2 skaters participate. Nicholas Everett was 5th in the Group 2- D1 Mixed Gender Age 13 group. Everett had personal best times in the 400 ,500 and 1500 meter races.  Chloe Segal  was 5th overall in her group 2-D4 of 11-13 year old mixed gender skaters.  Here is a link to the protocol (pdf).

Special congratulations to Nick who joined the 50 Second Club with a 500 meter time of 49.940 seconds!

At the Regional Meet in Gloucester Nov 3rd 20 skaters participated . St Lawrence brought home 3 medals and many personal best times. Corrinne Schonewille had a silver medal in the Delta Division, Aidan VanBeek a Gold medal in the Foxtrot Division, and Landyn Urslak had Bronze in the Hotel Division.

Other skaters finished as follows:  in the Alpha division Todd Schonewille was 6th and Bryony Schonewille was 7th. In the Bravo Division Spencer Delaney was 4th, Abigael Schonewille 6th, Terry Knapp 7th, Trudy Ouimette 10th, Pam Knapp 13th, and Kim Schonewille 14th.  In the Charlie Division,  Connor Taugher was 6th and Andrew Chartrand 11th.  Chartrand had a very exciting 1500m race where he held  the back of the pack for most of the race and passed 5 skaters strategically to win the race!

In the Delta Division Kyle VanBeek was 12th, Echo Division Kayle Urslak  7th, and Foxtrot Division Malcolm Spence was 11th. In the Golf Division Lucas Peddell was 15th, India Division Cameron MacKay 4th and Juliet Division Anderson Giroux 4th and Ethan MacKay 12th.  Here is the protocol for the Gloucester meet (pdf).

Special Congratulations to Corinne who joined the 60 Second Club with a 500 meter time of 59.580 seconds!

St Lawrence skaters will head to Kingston this weekend for another Regional Meet.

The Wall of Fame and the personal bests spreadsheet has been updated on the Personal Bests page.

 Posted by at 11:36 am
Oct 302012

The schedule is up for the new marathon skating season. We start off as usual with the Quebec City marathon that takes place on November 10 and 11 on the beautiful Gaetan Bouchard olympic (refrigerated) oval in Ste.Foy PQ, a suburb of Quebec City. This event, which includes both 25km (Saturday November 10) and 40km (Sunday November 11) is always well attended by both elite and recreational marathon skaters and all are welcome to join in. For further information, and a full listing of all of the marathon events this winter, visit the marathon skating website at

The second marathon event of the season will be at the Lake Placid Olympic (refrigerated) Oval (where Eric Heiden won all five speedskating medals in the 1980 Winter Olympics). This event is always well attended by a large variety of skating levels including beginners. In addition to myself, I believe that two other of our masters skaters are going to give it a try this year. The Lake Placid meet will be held on the weekend of Dec. 7, 8 and 9. Currently the schedule indicates a Friday evening 10km event followed by 25km and 40km on the Saturday and Sunday. For this event I share accommodation with a group of Ottawa Pacers skaters who rent a B and B for the weekend. This is the best deal in Lake Placid and if you are interested in attending this event let me know regarding accommodation.

These two events will be followed by natural ice marathons in the new year, including Ottawa (Brewers Park), Portland, Vermont (Lake Champlain) and two separate venues in Alberta.

John Ambrose

 Posted by at 8:39 pm
Oct 292012

Kingston Striders are hosting their annual Ladder Meet on Saturday, November 10th.  This meet will be run on the 100m track only and skaters can choose to compete the 200m or 400m distance.  This meet is open to all skaters except provincial level competitors who race on the 111m track (ie/ 15 yrs of age and older).  Please hand in your entry form no later than Tuesday, Oct 30th practice as the deadline for club entries in Wed, Oct 31st 1pm.  Cost is $50/skater.  Please make cheques out to SLSSC.

More info:

 Posted by at 8:48 pm
Oct 182012

St Lawrence Rapids speed skaters had a very successful 1st meet of the season. 13 skaters participated in the meet and St Lawrence came home with 3 medals.

Nolan Roney received a a silver medal in the juliet division, Cameron Mackay received Bronze in the Kilo Division and Paige Besner a bronze in the Lima Division.

Other results were as follows: Bravo Division Tristan Brunet was 6th, Charlie Division Nathan Heuval was 7th, Delta Division Connor Taugher was 13th, Golf Division Lukas Heuval was 9th and Emma Grace Wheeler 11th; Hotel Division Aidan VanBeek was 5th and Malcolm Spence was 11th, Lima Division saw Anella Roney 8th, Julia Wheeler 9th and Ethan Mackay 11th. Many Personal Bests were achieved over the weekend. St Lawrence skaters are gearing up for the first provincial meet November 3/4 in Cambridge and also another regional meet November 3 in Gloucester.

Here is the meet protocol as a pdf file.  Pictures from the meet and from the awards ceremony were previously posted.

New personal bests were achieved by every skater – congratulations! The Personal Bests page has been updated.

 Posted by at 10:40 pm
Oct 172012

Does your child want to try speed skating?

The St. Lawrence Speed Skating Club offers a 4-session trial program to new skaters at any time throughout the season.  For $75, your child can rent club speed skates and participate in 4 consecutive speed skating sessions. If your child enjoys the sessions and would like to continue with the club for the season, the $75 trial fee is deducted from the full membership fee.  It’s a great way to see if your child likes speed skating before committing to the full season.  Practices are Tuesday 6-7pm and Sunday 6:30-8:45pm.  Email for more information.

 Posted by at 8:36 pm
Oct 152012

A number of skaters participated in the two day regional meet in Ottawa this past weekend.

Here are some pictures from the awards ceremony at the meet.  Results are available on the Ontario Speedskating website. Congratulations to Nolan for winning a Silver medal, Cameron for winning a Bronze medal, and Paige for winning a Bronze medal.

 Posted by at 10:57 pm
Oct 152012

A number of skaters participated in the two day regional meet in Ottawa this past weekend.

Here are some pictures from the meet.  Results will be posted once they are available.

 Posted by at 10:54 pm
Oct 142012

This Tuesday October 16th there is a change in the schedule due to a Brockville Braves game.

The second hour (6:55 to 7:50) has been canceled.

The Youth 2 group is invited to join the Youth 1 group from 6:00 to 6:55.

The Comp group is invited to skate Tuesday morning from 6:30 to  7:30 AM if they want to.


 Posted by at 10:35 pm