Jan 302016
 

Our club has worked with OSSA to schedule a Level 1 Officials Clinic in Brockville!!

This is your chance to get training for the volunteer positions in advance of our Feb 13th meet. Ideally, the club is targeting at least 10 individuals to participate, and we are hoping to host guests from Kingston and other clubs.

We count on many out-of-club volunteers to run our meet – this is our way to give back and keep the competitions flowing for our skaters.

Here are the details…

Who: Rocky LaMontagne from the Ottawa Pacers is the Clinic Presenter
Who: Everyone interested in being a volunteer official at our February 13th Meet, minimum 16 yrs
What: Level 1 Officials Clinic to train individuals in the procedures for filling various officiating roles at meets such as timers, judges, lap counters, starter, ice stewards, clerk of the course, etc.
Where: Brockville Youth Arena Meeting Room
When: Friday, February 12th at 6-10 pm
Cost: $20
How: Register by Thursday, February 11th 12 pm, by clicking here…. http://goo.gl/forms/8MddFslFA9

Apr 212015
 

Preparations are underway for the 11th annual School Mountain Bike Challenge. Many are looking forward to having fun in the woods without snow!

For 2015 the event has been renamed to the ‘Mountain Bike Challenge’. This name better reflects the challenge to yourself to get out and try a new activity – or to ride well and challenge your friends to try it with you. It is never too late to get into mountain biking – the coordinators didn’t until after they were in their 20s and others get in to it much later than that. All students, teachers and parents are welcome to attend and become a part of the mountain bike community, which can last a lifetime.

Why should someone attend this particular event? It is perfect for your first mountain biking experience. If you have been to the event before you know it has a fun format, a fun course and a laid back approach that everyone can enjoy. Last year where we had heavy rain all day and still had a record attendance. Nobody who attended will forget it – it was epic. (see pics and vid below)

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The event website still needs updating and another post will be sent in a few weeks with details. For now you can make preparations to attend on Friday May 15th. Parents if you would like to help run the event let the coordinators know (info below).

Don’t miss out on this year’s fun.

Pete and Becky Meier – event coordinators

refuel@sympatico.ca (Peter’s email)
rebecca.meier@sympatico.ca (Becky’s email)

 Posted by at 11:52 am
Mar 312015
 

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Congrats to the SLSSC skaters who competed in the Provincial B Championship in Gloucester, this past weekend. Overall it was a great event, with many new PBs.

Here’s how everyone finished:

Andrew Chartrand – 5th (Alpha)
Terry Knapp – 9th (Charlie)
Pam Knapp – 11th (Charlie)
Nolan Roney – 4th (Echo)
Taylor Watson – 4th (Foxtrot)

Congrats to Terry Knapp for finishing 1st and Pam Knapp for finishing 2nd in their age classes.

A very big congratulations to Terry for breaking the 1 minute in his 500m race. We will be expecting cake at the year-end celebration!

Official protocol can be found on the OSSA website.

PB page has been updated

 Posted by at 7:48 am
Mar 242015
 

Congratulations to the 8 skaters who traveled to London this past weekend, to compete in the Provincial ‘C’ Championship. It was a great weekend of skating, with each skater setting some new PBs!

In the end, SLSSC walked away with 3 medals! Congrats to Andy Giroux for winning GOLD in the 8 year old Boys category. Congrats to Celia Giroux for winning SILVER in the 7 year old Girls category. Congrats to Lukas Reisin for winning BRONZE in the 6 year old Boys category.

Congrats to Kaleb MacKay and Porshia Reisin for competing in the very entertaining Cradle races!

Here’s how everyone finished:

Cameron Mackay – 9th (10 year old Boys)
Paige Besner – 9th (9 year old Girls)
Andy Giroux – 1st (8 year old Boys)
Celia Girous – 2nd (7 year old Girls
Mattihas Reisin – 9th (7 year old Boys)
Lukas Reisin – 3rd (6 year old Boys)

Please refer to the official Protocol for more information.

The PBs page has been updated with all the new times.

Pictures to follow.

 Posted by at 7:44 am
Mar 052015
 

The Gloucester Concordes will be hosting the 2014-15 Provincial ‘B’ Championships on March 28th and 29th, in Orleans. All skaters, over the age of 10 (as of July 1st, 2014), including Masters, who have skated in at least 1 Regional Series meet (ours counts), can participate. For more information, you can read the announcement on the OSSA website. Online registration is open, along with individual or family registration forms available. Payment is due, to our club, no later than March 18th. Good luck to those who will be participating.

 Posted by at 7:18 am
Feb 162015
 

Congratulations to the 26 SLSSC members who participated in the Eastern Regional Meet #4, hosted by us! It was a great day of skating, with many new PB’s set! Check out the PB page for the full list.

Congrats to our medal winners: Andrew Chartrand 1st (Alpha), Terry Knapp 2nd (Bravo), Nolan Roney 3rd (Charlie), and Julia Wheeler 2nd (Echo)!

Congrats to Nolan Roney for joining the sub-60 Club! We are looking forward to cake!

Congrats to Porshia Reisin, Elizabeth Wheeler, Wesley Martin, Taylor Watson, Marieka Ouimette, Darlene Nelson, and Fimke Bols for participating in their 1st meet. Well done!

Here’s a breakdown on how everyone finished:

Andrew Chartrand – 1st (Alpha)
Marieka Ouimette – 6th (Alpha)
Terry Knapp – 2nd (Bravo)
Pam Knapp – 4th (Bravo)
Darlene Nelson – 5th (Bravo)
John Bols – 6th (Bravo)
Fimke Bols – 7th (Brav0)
Nolan Roney – 3rd (Charlie)
Taylor Watson – 11th (Charlie)
Cameron Mackay – 9th (Delta)
Andy Giroux – 12th (Delta)
Julia Wheeler – 2nd (Echo)
Paige Besner – 4th (Echo)
Ayrton Meier – 6th (Echo)
Andon Gill – 7th (Echo)
Annella Roney – 9th (Echo)
Aidan Chartrand – 4th (Foxtrot)
Arie Devos – 6th (Foxtrot)
Charlotte Morrison – 8th (Foxtrot)
Celia Giroux – 10th (Foxtrot)
Wesley Martin – 12th (Foxtrot)
Grant Roney – 4th (Golf)
Lukas Reisin – 7th (Golf)
Kaleb Mackay – 1st (Cradle)
Elizabeth Wheeler – 2nd (Cradle)
Porshia Reisin – 3rd (Cradle)

A special thanks to all the volunteers who helped out and made the day go so smoothly.

The Official Protocol can be viewed on the OSSA website.

Pictures to follow soon.

 Posted by at 2:27 pm
Feb 122015
 

This past week (Feb 05-08), the World Masters Winter Games were held at various venues in and around Quebec City. For skating enthusiasts there were competitions in short track, long track and marathon skating. The 50km was held on beautiful Lake Beauport north of the city. By all accounts the conditions were absolutely perfect. The 25 km was held on the refrigerated oval that has been established on the Plains of Abraham. Although SLSSC President John Ambrose registered for these events, he had to cancel at the last moment due to illness. If you wish to see the results you will have to find your way to the website of pentathlon des neiges.

 Posted by at 7:20 am
Feb 122015
 

A few weekends back (Jan 31 – Feb 1), the second annual Lake Memphromogog Marathon races were held adjacent to the picturesque Vermont town of Newport. The local organization was granted the rights to hold the North American Marathon Championships and these attracted some 28 entries over the two distances of 25km and 50km. Saturday’s 25km started in -20C temperatures with a brutal wind on one side of the 800m oval which resulted in a wind chill of -30C. Once the race was on there were no complaints of the cold as we warmed up with a steady and robust pace. Registration included skaters from Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Vermont, NY, Connecticut, Massachusetts and one skater all the way from Berkeley, California. This race was won by Jake Maarse, a 60 year old regular on the marathon circuit, of North Gower, Ontario. Our club was represented only by yours truly but my result was somewhat disappointing due to a heavy chest cold.

The 50km race the next morning started in balmy weather of -15C but still a nasty wind that contributed to a much lower temperature. In this race Tom Keene of Boston edged out Jake for the win. For the first time in ten years I did not finish a marathon event, having run out of steam after only a third of the distance – again my excuse was the chest cold.

The ice conditions were excellent and the organizing group at Newport deserve much praise for their dedicated work. This was only their second year of ice making and they have climbed the learning curve of ice making very quickly.

A 40km skate up the lake was planned for Monday and this would have included a border crossing into Canada. However due to heavy snow conditions earlier in the week the event was cancelled, much to the disappointment of many of the skaters who were looking forward to this interesting and fun event to skate a race transitioning from one country to the next.

I encourage those in the club who are interested in distance skating on natural ice with the elements that winter has to offer to consider the Vermont events for next year. Incidentally the weekend also includes 1 and 5km events. The oval is adjacent to the East End Restaurant, the race headquarters, which offers up on the Saturday evening a wonderful buffet and some of the best draft craft beer in the northeast. Marathon skating is not about winning medals but about participating in a fun and challenging event with wonderful people (highly skilled and not so) from far and wide.

If you wish to keep abreast of what is going on in the marathon skating world refer to www.marathonskating.org.

Picture below shows the lead pack rounding the south corner of the oval with the town of Newport in the background.

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 Posted by at 7:17 am
Jan 202015
 

Congratulations to the SLSSC skaters who braved the weather this past weekend to participate in the Provincial Long Track Championships, in Ottawa. Personal Bests were set by all who skated, with several of our members reaching the podium for their specific age classes. Congrats to Aidan VanBeek for finishing 1st overall in the 12 years old boys category. Congrats to Chloe Segal for finishing 2nd in the 14 years old category girls. Congrats to Emma Grace Wheeler for finishing 3rd in the 13 year old girls category. Congrats to Connor Taugher for finishing 3rd in the Open Men (16-49) category. All 4 skaters will be representing Team Ontario at the Canadian Championship on Feb 7-8 in Saskatoon. Good Luck!

For more information, please refer to the Protocol from the weekend and the OSSA website.

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 Posted by at 7:01 am
Jan 162015
 

Mark your calendars! The time has come!

The St. Lawrence Speed Skating Club (aka: us) will be hosting the Eastern Regional Meet #4 on February 14th, 2015. The information package and registration form can be downloaded from the OSSA website. Forms and payment should be remitted to Heather, no later than February 4th, 2015. Hope to see all skaters sign up for this event. If you require a seed time, please speak to your coaches.

 Posted by at 3:17 pm