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 6, 2018

Location: Servus Sports Centre

Time: 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Speed Skating parents and athletes will be on hand to answer your questions.  
 

We will also be hosting our own registration night where parents can speak directly to our coaches.
 
Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
 
Location:  Border Blades Speed Den, by the Oval – Servus Sport Centre – SW parking lot
 
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
 
 

Border Blades AGM

The Border Blades have scheduled their AGM for May 7, 2018

Place: Lloydminster Catholic School Division Office
           6611 B-39 St (Backside of Holy Rosary High School)
Time: 8:00 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 positions that are open for election are:

  • Communication Coordinator
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Grant Coordinator
  • Director of Coaching

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

Try Speed Skating!

Our Try Speed Skating night is happening on Tuesday, May 15! 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: New skaters: 5-6 pm
           Experienced skaters: 6-7 pm

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
     thick gloves or mitts
     neck guard and knee pads if available

Season End Wind-Up Party

 

Another great season has come to an end!  

Date: Thursday, March 22

Time: 4:30-8:00

*Ice time is booked from 4:30-6:15, where fun games, races, and a slip and slide will take place.  Bring a change of clothes!  A pizza party will follow in the OTS room from 6-8.

*Pizza will be provided by the club.  If your family would like to contribute a drink or snack item, you can sign up on the page below:

Wind-up Sign-up

R U Fast 2018 Results

This year, the Border Blades bus trip took them to R U Fast in Calgary.  It was an amazing weekend of racing and bonding for our skaters.  Congrats to Jayva A, Danika B, Madison B, Ysabelle B, Lance G, Emily J, Louise J, Natalie J, Leander L, Leland L, Erika P, Ashford S, Rebekah S, Spencer S, Erika S, Hannah W, and Gabe W!

R U Fast 2018 Results

Final Mini Meet Sign Up

Our fourth and final Mini Meet will take place on Monday, March 12.  Please use the link below to sign up for a volunteer position.  

This will also be the final day of skating.  Information about our season end windup will be available soon!

 Sign Up!

2018 Alberta Winter Games Results

WOW!  Congratulations to our 13 Border Blades who competed at the 2018 Alberta Winter Games hosted by Wood Buffalo!  We are so proud of Jayva A, Madison B, Ysabelle B, Connie E, Lance G, Kaylee K, Leander L, Zachary N, Erika P, Erika S, Rebecca S, Ashford S, and Gabe W for representing the Border Blades.

2018 AWG Results

Also a huge Thank You to our coaches and chaperones, Bill and Jacquie!  We sure appreciated all the Facebook posts keeping us up to date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special mention to Jayva A, Madison B, and Erika P on taking home bronze in the relay!  See the Meridian Booster post here:

Border Blades skaters medal at Winter Games

by Jamie Harkins, February 26, 2018.

Winning a medal at the Wood Buffalo 2018 Alberta Winter Games rides the handlebars to the incredible experience of participating at the multi-sport event for a few Lloydminster Border Blades speed skaters.

Jayva Andersen, Madison Burrell and Erika Pollard captured a bronze medal in the 2,000-metre short track relay for Zone 7 and the Border Blades at the Feb. 16 to 19 Alberta Winter Games.

The girls competed in roughly 12 races over the course of three days to reach the podium with their final meet last Monday morning deciding the colour they’d bring home.

“It was very nerve wracking for the race,” said Burrell, 12, a Grade 7 student at St. Thomas Elementary School.

“Once the race started we had one fall on the first corner. Right after that fall I think that we were able to get ourselves back in the race and finish the race off good.”

The girls didn’t find out they had won a medal until their coach came into the change room afterwards to inform them of their accomplishment.

“At first I was a bit shocked,” noted Burrell. “Then I had a big smile on my face and we all hugged onto each other.”

Pollard, 13, said they trained as a relay team during a special Games’ practice each Sunday morning.

She said that extra work led to the team making it through the tough competition in the Games’ semifinals on good communication and solid passes.

“Before our passes weren’t as good because we kept missing a bit,” said Pollard, a Grade 7 student at Bishop Lloyd Middle School. “But, after a few practices we got our passes nice and good.”

Pollard noted their three days at the Winter Games began with a 5 a.m. wakeup call before being bussed to a cafeteria for breakfast.

She said they took a 45-minute bus ride from there to the Fort McKay Arena for races with another long bus ride back for supper and finally to their sleeping quarters at a local school awaiting them at the end of the day.

“We slept in a gym and they provided little gym mats,” said Burrell, noting the Games’ crew provided curtains to separate the teams. “We just slept there and the lights were out around 9:30-10:30 p.m. every night.”

Pollard said entertainment at the mini athletes’ village included a dance as well as a cookie decorating session.

She said they didn’t get a chance to see any other sports due to their busy schedule, but that doesn’t diminish the great experience they enjoyed.

The girls were back at a Border Blades practice three days after the Games ended in an attempt to get ready for a club competition in Calgary this weekend.

Burrell said it’s an unknown whether the Games’ bronze medal win will give them an edge with the Border Blades, but the victory does give them something to remain proud about.

“It feels pretty good,” added Pollard. “I guess it boosts our confidence so that we can skate better races and give it our all.”