Border Blades Receive Grant

Exciting news for the Lloydminster Border Blades!  Our club received a $5000 grant from the 2017 Intact Insurance / Intact Assurance Podium Tracker grant draw.  This program is a partnership between Speed Skating Canada and Intact Insurance to ensure the growth of local clubs. 99 Canadian clubs submitted applications, and we were one of the seven winners!

Since 2010, Intact Insurance has donated $285,000 to local clubs across Canada. We will be using the grant money to invest in our Long Track program by purchasing LT boots and blades.

A big thank you to Intact Insurance and Speed Skating Canada from the Lloydminster Border Blades!

 

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.

Fire On Ice 2016 Sponsors

Thank you very much to the individuals, families and businesses who generously donated to support our skaters and our meet.

Fire On Ice XIII Race Sponsors:

Vee Tee Feeders – Devin Racz Memorial Relay Race

J.E.M Maintain-A-Lot Taco Time
Kool Zone Refrigeration Ltd. Potts Family
Meridian Surveys Anderson Family
Gervais Family Trust Boundary Ford
Valley ‘C’ Construction Pebbles Trucking
Glen Popowich, Hanson and Associates Private Wealth Management

Fire On Ice XIII Silent Auction Sponsors:

J.E.M Maintain-A-Lot Lloydminster Honda
Lloydminster Animal Hospital Stephens Family
Lola Palik Kaye Family
Pedlar Family Lothrop Family
ASL Paving Lakeland College
Wright Family Johnston Family
Sprucewood Pharmacy Jory Family
Boundary Motorsports Alyssa Moline
Burrell Family Popowich Family
Westridge Buick GMC Ribey Family
Paraschar Family Clauge Family
Weidmark Family Shopper’s Drug Mart
Shurnaik Family St. Marie Family
Eyolfson Family Alta-Sask Wellness
Trent Andres Husky Energy
Norbury Family  Beer Family

Thank you to Tim Hortons, who supplied the coffee for the meet.

Border Blades AGM

Border Blades AGM

The Border Blades have scheduled their 2015-2016 AGM for April 19, 2016

Place: College Park School
Time:  6:30-8:30 pm

We are looking for a number of executive positions. Some were vacant this year and others have executive members that have completed their 2 year term. We will be electing for the following positions:

1. President – Currently filled by Charmaine, 2 year term is complete
2. Director of officials – Currently filled by Ivan Svendsen, Ivan no longer has skaters in the club so postion is open
3. Fundraising Coordinator – Currently unfilled –
4.Director of coaching – Currently filled by Bill Stephens 2 year term is complete
5. Meet Coordinator – Currently filled by Charmaine & Bill Stephens 2 year term complete
We also would like to have elect someone begin to train in Communications with Shelley Merth over the upcoming season ( Website/Facebook/Twitter Etc).
We will also be reviewing financials and have some important announcements to make.

There is a lot happening in the club this year and we are asking that all families try and send at least one representative to the AGM.

As mentioned over the past season we really need some of our newer parents to join the Executive as we are seeing a changing of the guard, as we have graduated 8 skaters in the past 2 years and with them goes their parents and our executive body! Your associate memberships give you vote amd we need your input and help.

See you April 19!

FOI 2015 Sponsors

Fire on Ice XI Race Sponsors:

 Lyle & Sandy Baker  Meridian Surveys
 Baytex Energy Corp.  Midwest Floorcovering
 Boundary Ford  Musgrave Agencies
 Gerry & Maureen Pollard  Northern Blizzard Resources
 Days Inn Hotel & Suites  Pebbles Trucking Ltd.
 Designer’s Choice Ltd.  Percy’s Pizza & Subs
 Goodhand Law Office  Pinnacle Computers
 J.E.M. Maintain-A-Lot  RMK Contracting
 Kool Zone Refrigeration Ltd.  Joan & Norman Sittler
 Lethal MotorSports  Valley ‘C’ Construction

Fire on Ice XI Race Sponsors:

 Balane Family  Century 21
 Pollard Family  Lloydminster Honda
 Pedlar Family  Musgrave Agencies
 Temple Family  Tim Horton’s (4104 44 St Location)
 Melissa Wright  Johnson Family
 Lloydminster Animal Hospital (Wennekamp)  Joan & Norman Sittler
 Anderson Family  St. Marie Family
 Moline Family  Stephens Family
 Stansfield Family  Green Family
 Anderson Family  MacDougall Family
 Popowich Family  Lopez Family
 Lisa Hagell  Schlosser Family
 Potts Family  Darrel & Anna Smith
 Burrell Family  Jory Family
 Lockhart Family  Holzinger Family
 Jarvis Family  Kaye Family
 Singular Family  St. Marie Family
 Romanchuk Family  Barette Family
 Norbury Family  

 

Border Blades Receive Intact Insurance Award!

intactinsuranceIntact Insurance awards $8,000 to 8 speed skating clubs as part of the Podium Tracker program

Ottawa, November 9, 2015 – Intact Insurance Company, Speed Skating Canada’s major sponsor, announced today that the Border Blades (Lloydminster, AB), Salmon Arm Ice Breakers (Salmon Arm, B.C.), Eastman (Beausejour, MB), Iqaluit (Iqaluit, NU), Milton (Milton, ON), Oakville (Oakville, ON), Pointe-aux-Trembles (Montreal, Rivière-des-Prairies – Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, QC) and Victoriaville (Victoriaville, QC) Speed Skating Clubs, were each awarded a $1,000 bursary as part of the 2015-2016 Podium Tracker program.

Last weekend, Canadian skaters won a total of 8 individual medals at the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating in Toronto, Canada.

In the 500m, Samuel Girard and Charles Hamelin won gold medals while Sasha Fathoullin and Marianne St-Gelais won silver medals. St-Gelais and François Hamelin also won bronze medals in the 1500m. In the 1000m, Charle Cournoyer won a gold medal while Valérie Maltais took the bronze medal.

Canada also won the gold medal in the men’s relay event.

The Intact Podium Tracker Program tracks individual medals won by Canadian short and long track speed skaters in World Cups and World Championships. Each time an athlete steps onto the podium, Intact Insurance donates $1,000 to a local speed skating club in Canada.

So far this season, Intact Insurance Company gave a total of $14,000 in donation to 14 clubs, representing the 14 individual medals won by Canadians in World Cups and World Championships events.

Since the inception of the Intact Podium Tracker Program during the 2010-2011 season, Intact Insurance has donated a total of $215,000 to Canadian speed skating clubs.

“We are proud of the strong showings from the Canadian team,” said Anna Rajpat, Intact Insurance’s Vice President of Brand Development and Customer Experience. “Through the Intact Podium Tracker Program, we hope to support more young skaters and skating clubs across Canada in their training and racing needs, further promote speed skating in Canada and help build future Olympians in the sport.”

Try Speed Skating Night a Success!

Thank you to KidSport for sponsoring our First Annual Try Speed Skating event on March 16, 2015. We had a great turnout of skaters, some of which did not want to stop skating!

Stay tuned to this website in August for registration information.  Feel free to email the club at borderblades@gmail.com for more information about speed skating.

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Try Speed Skating! March 16

cascade-speedskates-bont-z-maple-gold-01The Lloydminster Border Blades and KidSport are presenting our first Try Speed Skating event!  All ages welcome!

You are invited to try speed skating on Monday, March 16.

 

Location:  Rusway Arena, Servus Sports Centre Lloydminster

We have 3 sessions available that are dependent on the ability level of the skater:

Beginner -little to no skating experience.  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 4:00 pm and skating is from 4:30 – 5:00 pm

Intermediate -some skating experience.  We have speed skates for you!  Skate fitting is at 4:30 pm and skating is from 5:00 – 5:45 pm.

Advanced – proficient skater.  We have speed skates for you!  Skate fitting is at 5:30 pm and skating will be from 6:00 – 6:45 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 2015

Full Sized Poster 

 

Mini Meet #3 Thurs. Mar 12

The mini meet will start at 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 12 and will conclude by around 8:00 pm.   Following the races, there will be the annual Border Blades Slip and Slide where skaters get to show off their best style by sliding the length of the ice on a bed of cold water!
Parents/skaters:  Please bring a change of clothes for the trip home.  Skaters, please do not wear your Border Blades skin suits for the slip and slide portion, but please wear your skins for the meet!

IMPORTANT:  Could you please have skates sharpened prior to the mini meet so that they just have to be touched up in preparation for our Try Speed Skating event and for next year. Thank you.

For those younger skaters who are done skating for the year, at the conclusion of the mini meet, please hand in your skin suits and skates.Thank you!

SS3 Skaters:  You will be taking home skates to sharpen in preparation for the Try Speed Skating event on Monday, March 16.  More information to come.

Watch the website and your email for information on skater group windup party dates.

Please use the Sign Up Genius to volunteer at our last mini meet of the year (press the button below):

Sign Up Now!

Fire on Ice 2014 Sponsors

Fire on Ice XI Silent Auction Sponsors:

Alberta Speed Skating Association Parr Family
 Ashford Farms Singular Family
 Balane Family  St. Marie Family
 Belanger Family  Stephens Family
 Border Blades Speed Skating Club  Thoms Trucking
 Border Creek Boutique  Weidmark Family
 David’s Tea  Williamson Family
 Davis Family   Green Family
 Eco-Dry Carpet Maintenance   Johnston Family
 Lloydminster Animal Hospital   Harty Family
 Merth Family   It Works – Karen Burant
 Dodyk Family  Stansfield Family
 Norbury Family  Focused Screen Print
 Zerr Family  Kool Zone Refrigeration
 Tupperware – Kristina Lyon Winacott  Burrell Family
 Tim Horton’s – Jeff & Jeannine Spencer  Leasak Family
 Home Hardware  Canfield Family
 Pollard Family  Precision Well Servicing
 McHugh Family  Medernach Family
 WEM Maintain a Lot  

Speed Skating Skin Sponsors:

Meridian Surveys RMK Contracting

Fire on Ice XI Race Sponsors:

 Lothrop Family  Jaycees Pressure Testing
 Valley C Construction  Northern Blizzard
 RVSMOR Drafting Services  Thoms Trucking
 RMK Contracting  Baytex
 Percy’s Pizza  Precision Well Servicing