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.
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:

Here is a copy you can print or share:  Try Speed Skating 2015

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Volunteer at Try Speed Skating Event

Parents and skaters:  We need your help on Monday, March 16, 2015

There are 3 sessions to choose from.  Please see the post on the website for details and pass on the information about the event to those who might be interested!

We need the following:

Mat set up (4:15 pm) – 6 people
Hosts – meet and greet incoming guests – one adult and one skater for each session – half an hour before each session starts
Skate Fitters – 5 people for each session – half an hour before each session
On Ice Helpers –  SS3 skaters – 3 for each session

Please wear your Border Blades warmup shirt if you are a skater that is a host or on-ice helper.

Please click the button below to sign up.  Thank you very much!

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Beginner:  limited skating experience 4:30 – 5:00 pm (skate fitting at 4:00 pm)  Speed skates not necessary, so some might bring their own hockey skates)
Intermediate: Some skating experience 5:00 – 5:45 pm (skate fitting at 4:30 pm)   Speed Skates provided
Advanced:  Proficient skater 6:00 – 6:45 pm (skate fitting at 5:30 pm)  Speed Skates provided


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):

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Upcoming Events

The end of our season is fast approaching!  The last Mini-meet will be on Thursday, March 12 and will mark the end of our season for a lot of skaters.  The exception to this are the skaters who qualify for Can West and the SS3 skaters: both groups will practice during the SS3 time on March 15 & 16.

It generally takes the coaches a couple weeks after the last mini-meet to get the years personal bests done, and our photographers to create collages.  Wind-up parties will likely be planned for the week of March 23-27.

If you volunteered to do pictures and collages please make sure to coordinate with your group leader.  If you are unsure if anyone is doing this it would be important that parents start bringing cameras and sharing pictures so someone can create a collage for your group of kids.

Upcoming Dates and Participants:

February 27 – March 1 – Winterfest Calgary ST  (Good luck to Sarah S., Emma S., Rayel G., Paige J., and Brooke J.)

February 28  –  Prince Albert  (Good luck to Keely L.)

March 7th – Lethbridge ST

March 12 – MINI MEET 3 and the last day of skating for L2S, SS1, and SS2

March 13 – 15 – Winter Classic Long Track -Calgary. (Good luck to Jenna M.)
Winter Classic Results

March 16 – Last day of skating for SS2.5 and SS3

March 19 – 22  Canada Cup #4 – Calgary LT (Good luck to Jenna M.)

March 21 – 22 – Canada West Championships Qualified skaters  (skaters to be determined)

March 19 – 21 – Canadian Jr. Open  ST Championships #2 – Toronto (Good luck to Sarah S.)

May 9 – 10 – Annual AASSA Speed Skating training camp + AASSA Annual Meeting

RU Fast Results


Denny Morrison inspires our young skaters!

RESULTS from RU Fast (February 21-22, 2015)

RU Fast 2015 L2T and Down Competition Protocol

RU FAST 2015 T2T and Masters Results REVISED

Emma S., Lisa S., Benn W., Kyra W., Avery S., Shaye H., Venna A., Jelena P., Nate S.

L2T and younger: Ashford S., Spencer S., Gabe W., Nix A., Jayva A., Shayla B., Madison B., Erika P., Kyla N., Terissa W., Carsten C.

Long Track Time Trials:  Jenna M.


Members of the Canadian Speed Skating team present medals for RU Fast

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Denny with our club members



Skate Sharpening & Family Day Skate

The Border Blades will be having our Annual Family Fun Skate Feb 16 from 12pm-2 pm. This year we would like to have extra skates out for people to try Speed Skating so please invite those who you think are interested!  

In order to do this we need to get blades attached to skates and ensure they are sharpened. We are asking for some assistance with that. We will be holding a work bee Sunday, Feb 15 at 4:00 at the Servus Sports Center.

We ask that anyone who has tools for attaching blades to bring them.  Also if you have a jig, please bring it as well. The more people we have helping out the quicker this will go, so even if you have not sharpened before please come as this will give you a great opportunity to learn.

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Please click on the sign up button so that we know how many people to expect.  Thank you !


LT Winter Classic

The 2015 Winter Classic – Olympic Oval Grand Prix (open to *Junior C skaters -born before July 1, 2001) takes place from Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15. This is a great meet and your last chance to compete at long track this season.  This would be an excellent opportunity for those skaters not attending the Western Short Track Championships.  You can choose any number of races ($16 each).

The race order has been changed since our original post. The documents found below are the new ones.

2015 Winter Classic Announcement (new) -races, general schedule, and registration information

2015 Winter Classic Entry Form (new)

Friday, March 13:  500m
Saturday, March 14: 500m & 1000m & 1500m
Sunday, March 15:  1000m & 3000m

CACLT 2015 Results


“The Canadian Age Class Long Track Championships are intended to be the focal point of athlete preparation for skaters in the Training to Train stage of development. The Canadian Age Class Long Track Championships provide a meaningful, high profile and developmentally appropriate event which is a source of motivation and opportunity for recognition of the best developing long track skaters in Canada. This event serves as a primary introduction to national competitions where skaters represent their branch in competition.”  Source: Speed Skating Canada

CBC Saskatchewan reports on CACLT 

2015 Age Class Championships – full results on web

Speed Skating Results Website  – complete list of OS race results

CACLT Mass and Team Results
CACLT Older 300s

Participating Border Blades:  Shaye (T2T12), Benn (T2T13), Brooke (T2T13), Lisa (T2T14), Rayel (Open), Sarah (Open).

Congratulations to all skaters on your accomplishments!

Prince Albert ST Meet – Feb 28

Prince Albert Short Track Meet on February 28

Prince Albert Announcement 2015

Please have all entries to Bill or your group leader by Thursday, February 19, 2015.  You will be invoiced for the entry fee after the meet.  Entry for this meet is $40 (or $80 for a late entry),  so make sure to have info to us on time!
At this time we are still unsure if we will have a coach attending this meet. However, if anyone who would like to attend should still do so.