Try Speed Skating!

Our Try Speed Skating night is happening on Monday, October 2! This event is totally free. There is no prior experience necessary, and any age is welcome to attend.

Where: Rusway Arena
             Servus Sport Centre

When: Skate fitting @ 6:30
            Ice time @ 7:15-8:30

If you are looking to try a new, fun and exciting sport, this is your chance!

Speed skates will be provided, but we ask that you bring the following protective equipment:

     hockey helmet
     soft knee pads
     gloves or mitts
     neck guard
     soccer shin pads (optional)

 

 

Speed Skating Registration Night

We will be at the Community Registration Night, come visit our table for more information about our club!

Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017

Location: Servus Sports Centre

Time: 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Speed Skating parents and athletes will be on hand to answer your questions.  
 
 
Returning skaters, please fill out the 2017/2018 Returning Member Registration Forms and bring them to Community Registration Night.  Please bring payment for registration and volunteer bond fees with you.
 
 
We will also be hosting our own registration night where parents can speak directly to our coaches.
 
Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
 
Location: OTS Room, Servus Sports Centre
 
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
 

Border Blades AGM

The Border Blades have scheduled their AGM for June 12, 2017

Place: Lloydminster Catholic School Division Office
           6611 B-39 St (Backside of Holy Rosary High School)
Time: 8:00-9:00 pm

We are requesting that each family sends at least one representative who is over the age of 18.  If you are able to send more that would be great.

We have many positions that are open for election as their term has either ended or they have resigned due to other commitments. Therefore,  we need some new people to step into these roles.

1. President 
2. Equipment Manager
3. Treasurer
4. Media Representative
5. Secretary

These are  just the positions up for re-election.  Often we see other executive members step into these roles which would open up their roles.  So please plan on having a representative from your family attending so we can fulfill these roles and have a proper election process.

If you are interested in any of these positions please contact Charmaine at borderblades@gmail.com.  If you are interested in a position but can not attend the AGM you can send a letter in intent to run for a position.

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

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.

Speed Skating Registration Coming Soon!

Please check back here in the next few days for more information regarding our new skater registration night.

Skater Groups, Fees, and Practice nights: 2016-2017 Information Sheet

We will be hosting our own registration night where parents can speak directly to our coaches
The Border Blades run an ability based program. We try to put skaters with a group they can grow with.  Depending on the skater they may develop faster than their group.  In cases like that, our coaches will move them up to the next group.  We want to challenge your skater without making them feel intimidated.
If you choose to speed skate you will have the opportunity to go to many out of town meets, however we do not require you to go.  We host a home meet and various mini meets within our club so skaters who can not travel for one reason or another still have the opportunity to race.  We love to see skaters travel as it is never fun to practice a sport and never “compete” but understand this is not something everyone can do.

 

 

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!

AB Provincial Team

Congratulations to Emma Stephens for being named to the Alberta Short Track Development team for the 2016-2017 season!

There are certain time standards in place for this team and the other levels within the provincial system.  These are great goals to keep in mind as you prepare for your next season of long and short track training.  The Development Team standard ensures that you receive a provincial skin suit and team jacket, while the other levels come with some amount of funding.

2015-16 AB Provincial team Criteria (these are the times from last year and are updated if new records are set)

Provincial Short Track – Avg times under 115%.  Note that your times are an average of your 500m, 1000m times along with one of your 1500m or 3000m times.

ST Prov Standards 2015-16

 

 

 

 

 

Long Track – only one time standard is required to earn a spot on a specific team

LT Prov Standards 2015-16