AB Open Long Track Meet

Alberta Open Long Track Meet – Calgary Alberta
January 9-11, 2015

This is the T2T qualifying event for Canadian Age Class Long Track Championships in Saskatoon, as well as Open Masters, Junior, and L2T/FunD.
The Juniors will race Friday and Saturday, the T2T’s will race all three days, while the L2T/FunD will only race half days on Saturday and Sunday.
Here are the links for the announcement and the entry form.  Please pay careful attention for the rules regarding helmets.
2015_ABLT_Announcement  (+ registration form)

Husky Energy Oval is Open for Skating!

Attention all Border Blades speed skaters.  The Husky Energy Oval at the Servus Centre is now ready for skating!  The AB Long Track championships are soon approaching (Jan 9-10th for Juniors and Jan 10-11 for younger skaters) with only a few official club practices to get ready.  The deadline for entries is January 1 – please give to Bill.

So, it is strongly suggested that you take advantage of our milder weather and practice over the school break.  If you cannot get there during the day, the lights will be on until 9:00 pm each night.

Be aware that their might still be a few rough patches and try to avoid the tire tracks left by the oval watering truck as the grit will strip your edges very quickly.  It might be a good idea to leave practicing your starts until the end of your workout as that would be the hardest on your blades. The back stretch is a cleaner section, so starts over there might give you a better experience.  Skaters should sharpen after each practice. Most of you will be competing in some longer races so get some laps under your belt.  A 3000m is close to 8 laps!

When we return to skating on January 5 all groups will remain inside on the short track except for the SS3 , 2.5 and Masters.

SS3 , SS2.5 and Masters groups will be outside for the month of January as the prepare for their long track season. Speed Skate 2.5 skaters can stay with the 3’s on the long track for the duration of long track season on Mondays,from 7:00-8:30 pm and Sundays 6:30-8:00 pm.

 

Fire on Ice 2014 Meet Results

Meet Results:  FOI XI Detailed Results 2014

IMG_7646Congratulations to all our skaters for a terrific performance yesterday! I have gone over the numbers, and our club set 142 new personal best times yesterday! Many of these PB’s were simply astounding, with some of our skaters cutting their times in half from the start of the year. I only hope they had as much fun as I did yesterday!

-Bill

Thanks to the Border Blades Speed Skating club for providing cool new practice/meet shirts for all our skaters.  They look great!  Please wear your shirt to practice and meets.  Thanks to all the skaters, parents, volunteers and meet organizers on a job well done.

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