In Ontario, the long track season is getting shorter, but we can still make the most of it! Here’s what is going on!
Registration by Jan 3, race Jan 13/14. The one and only meet in Ontario (Ottawa), is also a Provincials Championships. All ages, younger skaters only skate AM.
Skaters (girls age 11, boys age 12) can qualify for the Canadian Age Class Championships, Quebec City, based on these results. See links Below.
Lake Placid Competition – Some Rapids are intending to represent at the 2018 Irving Jaffee Singe Distance Championships Jan 27/28
For younger skaters, you race in your short track skates.
For older skaters, you could consider a pair of long track skates. ZT sports rents out Clap Blades (which we can attach to your short track boots) or the Clap blade plus long track boot. Contact ZT for availability and support. Skaters age 11 and up should be able to transition to the clap well.
Stay Warm! Skate covers are the only other recommended piece of equipment, as the skates are cold. These can be made from neoprene socks, and cutting a slit along the bottom for the blade to stick out. These can be picked up at MEC for about $15. ZT sports also sells speed skating specific skate covers.
The entire community was invited to come out and skate with us on Dec. 10, from 6:30 – 9:00. We thoroughly enjoyed sharing the ice with everyone, as well as providing speed skates for those adventurous enough to try! Keep on Skating Canada!
Hot chocolate, snacks, and Canada 150 gifts rounded out the day!
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*Please note there are NO regular speed skating practices on Sunday 24th, Tuesday 26th, Sunday 31st.
*There IS ice on Wednesday, December 27th 4:30-6:30 pm.
*The regular speed skating practice schedule resumes on Tuesday, January 2nd.
*The Winter session of Learn-to-Skate begins on Wednesday, January 3rd, 5:45-6:15 pm. January-March $115. Registration inquiries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
So far this season, we have had skaters attend a total of five pre-season, regional, and provincial series meets across the province. There is one more regional meet (Quinte, Dec 10) to go before Christmas, and we are sending our largest contingent yet – 20 skaters. Checkout our Facebook page for more pics and videos!
Since we are expecting low numbers on Oct. 31 from our Youth 1 at 6-7 pm, we have switched their practice to Wed Nov. 1 at 4:30 to 5:40 pm.
Tue Oct. 31 6-7 pm : All Masters, Y2 and Comp. If you can’t make all of it, please come for some.
Wed Nov 1 4:30 – 5:40 pm – All Y1, Y2 and Comp
Please note that LEARN TO SKATE is unaffected, so we are looking forward to seeing all our volunteers and skaters on Wed at 5:45 as per normal.
Did you know?
Speed skates are sharpened by hand!
Blades need a crisp 90 degree edge to keep you standing!
Speed Skates need sharpening every 3 weeks, or sooner, the blades are easy to dull with a mis-step or dirty ice!
Skating with no edges is no fun, and not so safe:(
The club has sharpening equipment for you to use, so come on out and learn. Everyone had their skates sharpened at the start of the year, so it is time!
Darlene will be leading a clinic , right after practice on Nov. 14th.
It should take 30 min or so, and you kids can watch the older ones skate!
Just in time for Kingston meet 🙂
St. Lawrence sent a contingent of skaters to the pre-season competitions in Ottawa and Kitchener. These meets were open to all levels of skaters in the province. A number of personal best times were set, this early in the season, and the club picked up 3 medals across both competitions. Nolan placed in silver position at both meets, and Grant finished third in Ottawa.
So what’s next!
The Provincial Series meet is Nov. 4-5 in Cambridge, and we have a number of qualified skaters.
Find the details at ontariospeedskating.ca/provincial-series
The Regional Series meet is Nov. 18 in Kingston, and anyone from the club can race in this event.
Find the details at ontariospeedskating.ca/regional-series
We are the place to be for LEARN 2 SK8! Fun games, props, and mats to support fundamental physical literacy in our young skaters! Coordination, agility and basic movement skills are the focus, plus learn skating specific skills to gain confidence and speed on the ice! Ages 3 and up! Contact us at email@example.com
The session started Oct 11, but we will have another session starting in January!
Note: All lessons are at the Memorial Center.
St. Lawrence Speed Skating Club is hosting
a Canada 150 Sponsored event
to get all Canadians on the ice.
Borrow speed skates from us, or bring your own skates and helmet.
Snacks, prizes, games and a draw for a gift certificate for our skating programs 🙂
The Rapids are looking forward to a fun season start with some fantastic events! Please contact us for more information, and also check out the Facebook page, it gets updated a little more quickly!
Wednesday, Sept 6 – Registration at Memorial Center.
5 pm for pre-registered returning skaters, 6:30 for new skaters and learn to skate.
Sunday Sept 10 – Season start – all groups!
Sept 16, 17 – Technical Seminar with Alphonse Ouimette! See FB page for registration info or contact us!
Tuesday Oct 3 – Canada 150 Community Event – come participate in the wonderful sport of skating and check it off your activity list for Canada 150 Participaction Action! Membership draws for some of our programs will happen that night!
See you at the rink!