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

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.

Border Blades getting their feet underneath them

By Andrew Brethauer
November 17, 2016

TECHNIQUE The Lloydminster Border Blades are back on the ice preparing for the season, as some of their short track and long track skaters aim for national goals. ANDREW BRETHAUER LLS PHOTO

TECHNIQUE The Lloydminster Border Blades are back on the ice preparing for the season, as some of their short track and long track skaters aim for national goals. ANDREW BRETHAUER LLS PHOTO

Focusing on technique and rhythm on the ice means a slow start to the season for the Lloydminster Border Blades Speed Skating Club.  But that’s all too normal for the Blades, who have had a few of their younger skaters attend a meet in Saskatoon, but mostly they have spent the last month and a half at the Servus Sports Centre working on the fundamentals and getting into skating shape. That can take a few skates for some before they are back to flying around the short track, while others need a skate or two to remember their form, but it’s a necessary part of the season before entering into competitions.

“You want to make sure you got your feet underneath you before you start doing anything to crazy because obviously crashing is a part of our sport and we try to avoid that as much as we can,” said Border Blades coach Richard Jory. “Some kids will lace up the skates and in one to two nights they are good to go, some kids it takes a couple weeks. It depends on how often they skate and how hard they go at it.”

With a heavy contingent of younger skaters, the Border Blades have maintained their numbers heading into the 2016-17 season. Retention as skaters get older is always the challenge, as some skaters move on to other sports when they get into their teens. The focus for those who are old enough is on the short track Canada West Championships that takes place in March, this year being held in Saskatoon. Jory said if the club can get four to six skaters to go, it would be a fantastic showing for Lloydminster. As well, the Canadian Age-Class Long Track Speed Skating Championships will be held in February in Edmonton this year, and the Blades have a couple of hopefuls for that competition as well. Fourteen-year-old Shae Holzinger and Venna Anderson are strong bids for the Canada West Championships, while Brooke Jory and Emma Stephens, who are two of the older skaters for the Border Blades, moving up to the junior class this year, will be the hopefuls on the long track, once the Blades can get outside onto the ice, whenever the ice can be made.

“We’re hoping the kids can reach the goals they set at the beginning of the year, which for most of the short trackers is to qualify for Canada West,” said Jory. “We’re looking forward to seeing a few skaters achieve their goals.” The Border Blades will host their 12th annual Fire on Ice invitational short track meet Dec. 3 at the Servus Sports Centre.

Thank you to the Lloydminster Source and Andrew Brethauer for the media coverage!

You can view the article online at the Lloydminster Source: Nov 17 Border Blades article

Volunteer for Try Speed Skating Event

Sign Up Now!

Please click the link above to sign up as a volunteer on Sunday, April 10 for our second annual Try Speed Skating event. We had great success last year with this, and are hoping to continue to build the club enrollment. Please spread the word as well. There is a poster you can use on the Try Speed Skating Information Page

Details:

Skate Fitting – 6:00 pm
Ice Time – 6:30 – 8:00 pm

SS3 athletes are responsible to help on ice with our new recruits!

Try Speed Skating Event -Sunday April 10

The Lloydminster Border Blades and KidSport are presenting our second annual Try Speed Skating event!  All ages welcome!

You are invited to try speed skating on Sunday, April 10 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

 

Location:  Rusway Arena, Servus Sports Centre Lloydminster

If you do not want to use speed skates, please bring hockey skates.  If you would like to try speed skates, skate fitting will be at 6:00 pm and skating is anytime between 6:30  – 8:00 pm

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IMPORTANT:  In order for the skaters to be safe, we are requiring them to wear the following equipment.

  • helmet (hockey helmets are good, bike helmets not allowed)
  • neck guard
  • soft knee pads (ie volleyball)
  • thick mitts or gloves
  • soccer shin pads (optional)

For more information, please email us:  borderblades@gmail.com

Here is a copy you can print or share:  Try Speed Skating 2016 Apr 10

 

Fire on Ice Volunteers Needed!

3001879_com__skate_shorttrackSaturday, December 5

Please sign up to bring food and/or work in our hospitality room for the coaches and officials of our home meet! We also need you to volunteer your time in the many positions required to run a successful event. Click the graphic below to take you to all of our sign ups.
Sign Up Now!

World Cup LT from Calgary

Ivanie+BlondinWant to watch some great Long Track action this weekend?  Catch the World Cup from Calgary on cbcsports.ca and CBC TV.

Media schedule for cbcsports.ca (live streaming on Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Fri Nov 13 12:15 PM Championship Speed Skating on CBC: World Cup Calgary
Sat Nov 14 12:15 PM Championship Speed Skating on CBC: World Cup Calgary
3:00 PM Road to the Olympic Games featuring Speed Skating: World Cup Calgary
Sun Nov 15 12:15 PM Championship Speed Skating on CBC: World Cup Calgary
Sat Nov 21 12:30 PM Championship Speed Skating on CBC: World Cup Calgary

Media Schedule for CBC TV

Sat Nov 14 3:00 PM Road to the Olympic Games featuring Speed Skating: World Cup Calgary
Sat Nov 21 12:30 PM Championship Speed Skating on CBC: World Cup Calgary