Border Blades getting their feet underneath them

By Andrew Brethauer
November 17, 2016

TECHNIQUE The Lloydminster Border Blades are back on the ice preparing for the season, as some of their short track and long track skaters aim for national goals. ANDREW BRETHAUER LLS PHOTO

TECHNIQUE The Lloydminster Border Blades are back on the ice preparing for the season, as some of their short track and long track skaters aim for national goals. ANDREW BRETHAUER LLS PHOTO

Focusing on technique and rhythm on the ice means a slow start to the season for the Lloydminster Border Blades Speed Skating Club.  But that’s all too normal for the Blades, who have had a few of their younger skaters attend a meet in Saskatoon, but mostly they have spent the last month and a half at the Servus Sports Centre working on the fundamentals and getting into skating shape. That can take a few skates for some before they are back to flying around the short track, while others need a skate or two to remember their form, but it’s a necessary part of the season before entering into competitions.

“You want to make sure you got your feet underneath you before you start doing anything to crazy because obviously crashing is a part of our sport and we try to avoid that as much as we can,” said Border Blades coach Richard Jory. “Some kids will lace up the skates and in one to two nights they are good to go, some kids it takes a couple weeks. It depends on how often they skate and how hard they go at it.”

With a heavy contingent of younger skaters, the Border Blades have maintained their numbers heading into the 2016-17 season. Retention as skaters get older is always the challenge, as some skaters move on to other sports when they get into their teens. The focus for those who are old enough is on the short track Canada West Championships that takes place in March, this year being held in Saskatoon. Jory said if the club can get four to six skaters to go, it would be a fantastic showing for Lloydminster. As well, the Canadian Age-Class Long Track Speed Skating Championships will be held in February in Edmonton this year, and the Blades have a couple of hopefuls for that competition as well. Fourteen-year-old Shae Holzinger and Venna Anderson are strong bids for the Canada West Championships, while Brooke Jory and Emma Stephens, who are two of the older skaters for the Border Blades, moving up to the junior class this year, will be the hopefuls on the long track, once the Blades can get outside onto the ice, whenever the ice can be made.

“We’re hoping the kids can reach the goals they set at the beginning of the year, which for most of the short trackers is to qualify for Canada West,” said Jory. “We’re looking forward to seeing a few skaters achieve their goals.” The Border Blades will host their 12th annual Fire on Ice invitational short track meet Dec. 3 at the Servus Sports Centre.

Thank you to the Lloydminster Source and Andrew Brethauer for the media coverage!

You can view the article online at the Lloydminster Source: Nov 17 Border Blades article

Mini Meet Results November 3

What a great way to get our competitive season underway! Great skating by all our skaters, and a huge thanks to all our volunteers and parents for making it an awesome first meet for our kids.

Here are the time results from Mini Meet 1. 

Please note that the points and placings are not accurate nor relevant due to the meet format. Only the times are valid.


Result of Mini Meet November 3 2016

Fire On Ice XIII Volunteers

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the parent meeting.  Fire on Ice is an amazing day for our skaters, but it can be overwhelming for first time parents!

Fire on Ice is taking place on Saturday, December 3.  Numerous volunteers are required to make the event run smoothly.  Many of the positions are the same as the mini meets, and there are also jobs that are specific to the meet.

We also run a Hospitality Room in the OTS room, which serves our coaches, officials, and volunteers.  We are looking for people willing to bring in food, as well as work in the hospitality room during the meet.

To sign up for these volunteer positions, please follow our Sign Up Genius link.

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Don’t forget to fill in the Competition Entry Sheet with a Yes or No for Fire on Ice by going here: Meet Sign Up

Fire on Ice XIII

Our full day invitational short track meet is coming up in less than one month!  Mark your calendars and plan to attend the 13th annual Fire on Ice on Saturday December 3, 2016.

Fire on Ice takes place at the Servus Sport Centre, 5212 12 Street, in Lloydminster, Alberta.  All ages and abilities, including cradles, are welcome!

Club summaries are due by midnight on Friday November 25, 2016.

Fire on Ice XIII 2016 – Meet and hotel information

Fire on Ice XIII 2016 Club Summary Form


Mini Meet #2 Volunteers Required

Our second Mini Meet of the year is fast approaching on November 24, 2016 from 5-8. Please follow the link below to sign up for a volunteer position.  Training will be provided if you are new to the job.  This will be the last chance to practice positions before Fire on Ice.

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Reminder: If you have not already filled out the Meet Sign Up Page, please do so ASAP.  This helps ensure that the races are fun and fair for our kids!