Oval Finale/Canada Cup # 4 Results.

Emma Stephens competed at the Oval Finale/Canada Cup #4 at the Olympic Oval on March 16-19 with great success.  She raced in the 500m (x2), 1000m (x2), 1500m and 3000m, achieving personal bests in all six races!

Congratulations Emma on your solid results in Long Track this year, and reaching your goal of being named to the Alberta Provincial Development Team.

Emma Stephens, photo courtesy of Arno Hoogveld.

Border Blades Skate to Nationals

By Jamie Harkins
March 16, 2017

FAST FIVE Border Blades, from left, Erica Pollard, Shayne Holzinger, Jayva Andersen, Rebekah Shurniak and Keeley Lockhart will represent Team Alberta at the Canada West Short Track Championships in Saskatoon this weekend. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO

Six members of the Lloydminster Border Blades speed skating club will represent Alberta at end-of-season championships this weekend.

Border Blades skaters Erica Pollard, Shaye Holzinger, Jayva Andersen, Rebekah Shurniak and Keeley Lockhart will compete as members of Team Alberta at the Canada West Short Track Championships in Saskatoon’s SaskTel Centre this Saturday and Sunday. Emma Stephens will carry the flag of her home club and province in long track at the Canada Cup No. 4 Olympic Oval Finale in Calgary from Thursday to Sunday.

“I qualified for Canada Cup No. 4 and I’ve been qualified all year, but this one is extra special because it’s the last meet to skate at the Oval,” said Stephens, 16, who also made the 2017-18 Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association development team thanks to her strong times this year. “Everybody, not necessarily your bottom end, but those who qualify all the way up to your Olympians skate at this meet, so it’s a really cool experience.”

Stephens said about 150 to 200 skaters will compete at Canada Cup No. 4, which includes more of a team and social atmosphere compared to other meets during the season. She said the competition is designed for athletes to interact with one another, but she still hopes to score a top time in the one-to-two races she’ll participate in each day. “On short track you have anywhere from four to eight people on the line at a time and you’re racing against each other in your heat, whereas in long track it’s all against the clock,” she said. “It’s all about your time and not your placing, so I could go out and there could be 16 pairs of skaters but it doesn’t matter how I do in my pair. It matters how my time compares to everybody else’s. It’s more based on your individual performance than your performance in a group.”

Andersen said the Canada West Short Track Championships will be her second end-of-season national tournament this year. She said the Canadian Age Class Long Track Championships, where she finished with a silver medal in the 500-metre competition and fifth overall at Edmonton’s Victoria Park Oval in early February, was her first. “This season was really fun,” said Andersen, 12. “I’m really happy that I qualified for both of them because those are the only ones I could qualify for this year (due to age restrictions) and I did really well.”

Andersen said a third overall placing at the RU Fast Short Track event at the Olympic Oval earlier this month allowed her to qualify for this weekend’s competition. She said a fall in her first try at the 200-m race hurt her chances, but she jumped back up and found a new gear to propel her to the solid finish.

“It’s great for the club,” said Border Blades president Charmaine Stephens. “They all (finished) top five, top three, top two to get to go represent Alberta at Can West. Then for our long track, Emma is skating at Canada Cup and there is a time standard and only skaters with that time standard can go to compete so she achieved that. That was good, but she also had another achievement where she reached her provincial times. Next year she’ll actually race representing Alberta for the entire season.” 

Thank you to the Lloydminster Source and Jamie Harkins for the media coverage!

You can view the article online at the Lloydminster Source: March 16 Border Blades article

Mini Meet and Season Windup

The Mini Meet was a great way to finish an amazing 2016/17 season for the Border Blades!  There were a lot of smiling faces during the different activities, and we hope everyone had a great time.  This was the first year the Learn to Skate group was included for the full meet, and it was great to have the whole club out together.

The Border Blades had one graduating member this year.  We would like to wish Kyra Weidmark congratulations and good luck!  Thank you for helping to coach Speed Skate 2 this season.

Keep an eye on your emails for information about our season end party.

2017 Border Blades

Learn To Skate Relay Races

The Annual Slip and Slide is Always a Favourite

Final Mini Meet Sign Up

Our fourth and final mini meet will take place on Monday, March 13.  Please use the link below to sign up for a volunteer position.  

This will be the final practice of the year for L2S, SS1 and SS2.  A fun slip and slide event will be held at the end of the meet.  Border Blades skins can not be worn for the slip and slide, so make sure to pack a change of clothes and a towel.

 
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Long Track Meets & Results

Updated with Results:

2017 Winter Classic Olympic Oval Results (February, 2017)

Great job Emma S!  She competed in the 2017 Winter Classic February 10-12 in Calgary and not only achieved PB’s in all her events, she also met the standard for the 2017-2018 Provincial Development LT team!  Congratulations Emma on your hard work and dedication! Her next meets are the Olympic Oval Grand Prix and the Oval Finale/Canada Cup 4 in March.

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Edmonton Winter Classic Long Track Meet

Congratulations to Brooke J, who placed 6th overall in Division 1.

Brooke J at Edmonton Winter Classic Long Track Meet.

There are a number of Long Track Meets coming up that our skaters are able to participate in.  Please contact your coach if you have any questions.

Edmonton Winter Classic Long Track Meet – January 21
Registration is due January 12

Regina Long Track Meet – January 21-22
Registration is due January 12

Alberta Open Long Track Meet in Red Deer – January 28-29
Registration is due January 19

Mini Meet Volunteer Sign-Up

Our third Mini Meet of the year is coming up on February 27, 2017 from 5-8. Please follow the link below to sign up for a volunteer position.  Training will be provided if you are new to the job.  

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Reminder: If you have not already filled out the Meet Sign Up Page, or need to make a correction due to the meet date being changed, please do so.  This helps ensure that the races are fun and fair for our kids!

Speed Den Grand Opening

The official opening of the Speed Den on February 9 has made the long-awaited dreams of the Border Blades a reality.  Our club hopes to continue to grow the sport of long track speed skating in our community.

 Speed Den Grand Opening Photo Gallery

500m opening race featuring Krisy Myers (athlete, former and founding Border Blades member, Border Blades guest coach, member of the Canadian Speed Skating Long Track team, Canadian sprint champion, and Olympian)Shaye Holzinger (Border Blade athlete), Joel Turcotte (representing the City of Lloydminster and former Border Blade coach), Cam Wheeler (representing KidSport and a former Border Blade)  


Newcap Media Coverage starts at 3:36.

The Border Blades are excited to announce the Grand Opening of our Long Track Speed Den!  Join us on Thursday February 9 at 6 pm on the oval.  A family skate will take place after the ceremony, from 6:30-9.  There will be no indoor practise.

A huge thank you to the sponsors who made building the Speed Den possible.

Please remember, no sticks or pucks are permitted on the oval.