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December 2014 - St Lawrence Speed Skating Club
Dec 222014

Former SLSSC skater, and Canadian National Junior Team hopeful, will be on the ice during our Tuesday night sessions (6pm & 7pm). Make sure you make it out for this great opportunity to learn from one of the SLSSC best skaters. Masters, you are welcome to come join the Y2/Comp group.

 Posted by at 9:48 pm
Dec 172014

4 skaters participated on the weekend, at the Olympic Oval in Lake Placid, New York at the Charles Jertraw Long track speed skating competition, where they came away with 9 medals overall.

In the 14 and under category, Aidan VanBeek, 13, came away with a gold medal in the 500m, 1100 and 1800m and a silver medal in the 300m. He was also awarded the top male skater in the 14 and under category. Emma Grace Wheeler, 13, came away with 3 medals: a Bronze in the 1100 and 1800m and a silver in the 300m. Chloe Segal, 14, who skated up a level in the 15 year old division came home with Bronze medals in the 500 and 1500m. Julia Wheeler, 11, came away with personal best times in all of her races. For a full list of results, please refer to the official website.

Congrats to all 4 skaters on representing the club!

 Posted by at 7:52 am
Dec 152014

St. Lawrence Speed Skating Club is accepting new and returning registration forms for our Winter Learn-to-Skate session. The sessions run 6-6:30pm on Tuesday’sfrom Jan 6th to Mar 24th (12 weeks) at the Brockville Memorial Centre. Cost is $80. Register at the Memorial Centre on Tuesday December 16 & 23 from 6-7 pm or on Saturday December 20th between 8-11 am during our club mini-meet.

 Posted by at 8:14 am
Dec 152014

Congratulations to graduated SLSSC member, Alphonse Ouimette, for competing at the Canadian National Qualifier in Montreal, a few weeks back. Alphonse had a very good weekend, finishing 7th overall, out of 52 skaters, just missing qualifying for Team Canada (top 6).

For those interested, the complete protocol from the meet is available.


 Posted by at 8:10 am
Dec 092014

The first two marathon sessions have now been completed. Just a short note for now: John A. Was the only SLSSC member to attend the opening of the season at the refrigerated oval in Ste. Foy (Nov. 29) where he had one of his best 25km skates in several years. Incredibly there were six in his age category (undisclosed) and inspite of a great run, couldn’t make the podium. Unfortunately due to car problems he couldn’t get to the rink the following day on time for the start of the one hour race. Too bad, because there was only one other in his age category which meant missing out for a podium spot.

This past weekend the Golden Skate marathons were held in Lake Placid with a 10k on Friday nite and 21 and 42k on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Friday conditions were great but Saturday was tough with soft ice and blowing snow. Sunday was cold, little wind and sunny skies with squeaky clean hard ice. The following picture shows the strong support from SLSSC.

From left to right: John A. (10, 21 and 42k), Nick E. (10k), Heidi (out of action with a bad knee), Sue Runciman, former member (10 and 21k) and John Bols (21 and 42K). This group came away with 2 gold and 2 silver placings.

 Posted by at 7:26 am
Dec 072014

Here are a couple of great pictures of some young Rapids getting ready to race at the Quinte Meet.  Click on the image for a larger version…

 Posted by at 4:59 pm
Dec 022014


13 St. Lawrence Rapids Speed Skaters competed in the East Regional #3 Meet hosted by the Quinte Blades in Belleville, this past weekend.  Three earned spots on the podium: Andrew Chartrand, 14 yrs, won gold in Alpha group (winning all five of his heats and finals), Cameron MacKay, 10 yrs, won silver in Golf group, and Ayrton Meier, 8 yrs, won bronze in Hotel group. Lots of PB’s were achieved by all skaters, and the PB’s page has been updated to reflect the new times.

Here’s how everyone finished:

Andrew Chartrand: 1st (Alpha)
Nolan Roney: 12th (Charlie)
Andy Giroux: 12th (Foxtrot)
Cameron Mackay: 2nd (Golf)
Annella Roney: 5th (Golf)
Julia Wheeler: 6th (Golf)
Ayrton Meier: 3rd (Hotel)
Andon Gill: 4th (Hotel)
Arie Devos: 7th (Hotel)
Celia Giroux: 10th (Hotel)
Lukas Reisin: 6th (India)
Grant Roney: 10th (India)
Kaleb MacKay: 11th (India)

Congratulations to Grant Roney and Andon Gill for competing in their 1st meet! Well done boys.

Congratulations to Julia Wheeler and Ayrton Meier for breaking the 1 minute mark in their 400m races! Can’t wait to taste those cupcakes!!!

Please refer to the protocol for all the individual times.

 Posted by at 9:21 am