Our skaters have been busy enjoying the competitive season. The next regional meet (#2) is coming up in Belleville. The club members are staying at a hotel for a social and swim the night before, so ask the coaches if you are interested. Registration by paper form to Heather by Nov. 30.
The webmaster has relied on Facebook communication a bit, but wanted to catch up here and acknowledge that our skaters have participated in pre-season meets (Ottawa, Kitchener) , Provincial Series Meet #1 (Cambridge), Regional Series Meet #1 (Kingston) and a Long track camp and competition in Ste. Foy. A great start to the season, with excellent personal best times and placements. So very proud of all the skaters.
Good Luck to skaters Andrew, Emma, Cameron, Nolan and Julia, who will compete this weekend in Gloucester for Provincial Series #2.
Some of our skaters took advantage of the “open” nature of the pre-season meets and went to the Kitchener Pre-Season Open Meet.
Andrew – finished 5th in his division.
Nolan Roney – finished 4th in his division.
Cameron MacKay – 15th in his division.
All three racers had personal bests (PB’s) over the 2 day meet – Great Job!
The Ottawa Meet is a pre-season meet, 2 days long, for racers of all ages. The provincial and regional skaters are mixed together, and can be a fun start to the season. Registration is ONLINE, meaning you have to register with the online system yourself, as the club is not submitting registration forms. Payment, however, is by club.
Not sure about racing? There will be many more competitions, and some fun 1 day ones, that the coaches might suggest to try later on if this is your first meet. Come out an watch if you can!
For all the seasoned racers, this is a great meet to get our feet wet!
The registration link is here!
Gavin of ZT sports has a webpage where you can see pricing and pictures of speed skating gear!
Please feel free to place an order with Gavin via phone/email/ web page. He can ship for a fee, which he will quote you, or you can ask when Jen is heading to Ottawa again, and I would be happy to pickup your shipment. This way, you arrange payment directly with Gavin.
This may make selecting your gear more fun, and not depend so heavily on Jen’s memory!
Check out the Tab “Skaters Corner”and “Equipment”.
I’m showing off my artistic skills, and provided some references. Please ask any coach or Gerald if you have any questions.
Remember – skating safety equipment tends to last the skaters a number of years. Expect up to 3 years on a skin suit, and up to 6 years on most of the safety items! Take good care of them, label them well, and your costs remain quite low.
Also a reminder that skates need sharpening regularly to make skating fun and keep it safe. Once a month for our youth skaters is Coach Jen’s recommendation! Mid October, here we come!
Recall! The club has sharpening kits that you can use at the rink and we’re happy to teach you how.
Some of you may be interested in this event coming up this weekend. Cindy and her sister are offering an event with activities and a keynote speech.
In Pursuit Flyer
Cindy Klassen, is a retired Canadian long track speed skater. She is a six-time medalist having achieved one gold, two silver, three bronze at the Winter Olympics. Klassen is tied with Clara Hughes for Canada’s all-time most decorated Olympian with six medals each. She is the only Canadian Olympian to win five medals in a single Olympic games and the first female speed skater to win five medals in a single games at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. She is the current world record holder in the 3000 m. She also holds the Canadian records over 1500 m and 5000 m.[
Still looking for orders for skin suits or club jackets! Need a few more orders to meet the minimum.
Still have helmet, neck guards and some gloves available for sale at the rink. If you are looking for other equipment, let Jen know as she will be doing one more run to Ottawa to pick up or return the equipment from ZT sports which we have here on consignment.
For those interested in buying club apparel, samples for sizing will be available at registration. Orders will be taken at that time.
Skin suit without kevlar $130
Skin suit with kevlar $202
Items are from Louis Garneau, final pricing/taxes/shipping to be confirmed when orders are collected. Minimum number of items is required to place the order. We generally place an order every other year, so this is the year!!!
One of our competitive skaters has been selected for OSSA’s new high performance program aimed at developing national caliber athletes. Congratulations to Emma on Tier 1 SETH selection!
Learn-to-Skate program will run from 5:45-6:15 pm on Wednesdays at the Memorial Centre starting on Wednesday, October 12th and ending on Wednesday, December 14th. FUNdamentals Skills, Agility, Balance, Coordination, and Fun!
New!!!! Learn to Speed Skate! For skaters ready to try more, and check out speed skating, introductory programs available at 1 hour a week.
Are long blades suitable for kids? Absolutely! Skaters balance more easily on the longer blades, and get more glide from their pushes – making it more enjoyable to learn to skate as well as get their speed up quicker. Plus, we work on the skills that matter for any sport! Agility, Balance, Coordination, Speed!
Speed Skating Programs – for all ages, give it a go with a trial of 4 sessions. Ask us how!
Registration ongoing at the Memorial Center rink, Tue 6-8, and Wed 5-6 pm!