Reminder of Upcoming Events

A quick reminder of these upcoming events – all skates can be returned at the end of the mini meet.
Mini Meet – Sunday March 26
This is our year end mini-meet to which all skaters are invited and encouraged to attend. The meet will be at the Dofasco Arena on First Rd E. in Stoney Creek. We will be on the ice to set up at 3:45 and get started with warm ups at about 4pm. Each skater will compete in several races in a fun low pressure environment against skaters of similar ability. Please plan to attend.

Annual General Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday March 28 at 6pm. This is the meeting that all parents committed to attending when registering their child for the skating season. The meeting will be at the Dave Andreychuk Arena – 25 Hester St., Hamilton. We will be in the community meeting room on the second floor. This is a parent only meeting.

We look forward to seeing everyone at both events.

Canada East Championships – Congratulations Hayley!

We would like to congratulate one of our members – Hayley Murray – as she represents our province when she participates in the Canada East Short Track Championships this weekend!

The Grade 8 student has been speed skating since she was a young tyke, and this is her first year skating at the provincial level. The Provincial A Championships took place at the beginning of March, in which she placed 5th, qualifying her for the Canada East Championships.

The best skaters from Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Nunavut and New Brunswick in the “Training to Train” stage of development (11- 15 year old categories) will take part in this competition, the final one of the the season on the national level. It will be hosted by the Ottawa/Glouchester Speed Skating Club and the Ontario Speed Skating Association, under the leadership of Speed Skating Canada.This is the first time in 6 years, this meet has been held in Ontario.

These championships are intented to be the focal point of athlete preparation for skaters in the “Training to Train” stage of development, while providing meaningful, high profile and developmentally appropriate end of season events which are a source of motivation and opportunity for recognition of the best developing skaters in Canada. It’s also a primary introduction to national competitions where the rising stars represent their province. They will take part in the 200m pursuit event, as well as the 400m, 1500m, 2000m and 3000m (points races) and 3000m relay events.

If you are interested in watching the weekend’s events, the meet is being live streamed at http://cest2017.ca/en_CA/webcast
Congratulations Hayley! We will be cheering you on!

Results from Provincial Championships

Links to protocols from Provincial A, and B&C Championships. Congratulations to all of our skaters that participated! Many personal bests were achieved – Excellent end to the season!

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Thanks for another successful skating meet!

We would like to thank you for all of your hard work, time and patience to make our meet a success. We could have not done it without all of your hard work and it is greatly appreciated. We put on a very good competition for the athletes that came and participated.

There were no serious injuries, many skaters experienced their first competition every with many happy faces. Most of our skaters skated personal bests, which is very nice to support.

In addition, we would like to thank the following organizations for their kind support of our clubs. We couldn’t have done this, without their help as well…

Here is a small collection of photos from the meet…Please visit our Facebook page for a link to all of our photos from the meet. We tried to get a picture of each one of our skaters, so please check it out.

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Family Day Regional Skating Meet – Feb. 20th, 2017

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Meet Details:

Every year, the Hamilton and Golden Horseshoe hosts a regional skating meet. It is always a fun day, and this year proves to be extra special – not only is this our 5th year hosting the event, but we also want to celebrate Canada turning 150 years old!

The meet is being held on Family Day, Monday Feb. 20th, 2017 at Mainway Arena in Burlington. This is the main fundsraiser for our clubs, and as such we expect all of our skaters to participate and for our families to volunteer.
We are now focusing on getting ready for the Family Day meet which is less than 4 weeks away and lots of thing to do to prepare. Please find below items that require assistance on. Every family’s help is required, so sign up early to get the best positions.
We have volunteers coming from London, Kitchener, Milton, Oakville, etc and we have one of the coldest arenas around so we try hard to make their time with us as pleasant as possible. As such, we request each family to donate some food to the meet, to feed our volunteers. Jennifer MacIntosh will the sending out an email to organize the food for the meet – please watch for it.

Silent Auction:

As part of our meet, we have a silent auction table to help raise funds. We request that each family donate an item for the auction. Feel free to approach companies for gift certificates, products or services etc – attached below is a “Donation Letter” you can use to approach companies with. Poplar items include sports equipment, restaurant gift cards, movies etc. For companies that sponsor or donate to our meet, we will provide free advertising during the meet, in our program and on our website.

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As part of the silent auction, we also have a children’s area that we request you donate an item to as well – simply pick something small up at your local dollar store, or donate gently used children’s books, toys etc to the children’s table. This is always a very popular event for the skaters!

Please provide any items to Marg Courchese (Brent’s Mom), or Kelly Turkstra (Ethan & Isaac’s mom) by Feb. 12th.

Volunteers Required:
If anyone has access to a large truck or trailer that could move our mats that would be appreciated. We have rented from U-Haul the past two years with a 28 foot truck which takes two loads to get enough mats. Please let Mike Murray know.

We will need help setting the track up some morning over then next few weeks. Please let me know if anyone can help out with this it would be appreciated. Once we have confirmation from the City on possible dates, we will confirm the date and time.
Please see the list below of volunteer positions still available. If you have any questions what each does, please let Mike Murray know. Most positions will have the volunteers trained the day of the meet before racing starts. First Year parents, we do not expect you to volunteer for a position during the meet as we would like you to come and experience the meet with your family.
We have the key positions covered and instead of placing people in positions, Mike decided to provide an opportunity to allow family members to select positions they may prefer. If there are too many for one position, Mike may have to change some of if there are any not filled then again Mike will fill the positions from the list as many people may not really have a preference yet.

Clerk of the Course Assistant 2-3 required

Finish Line Judge Assistant 4-6 required

Timer Assistant 4-6 required

Lap Counter Assistant 1 required

Starter Assistant 1 required

Track Stewart Assistant ( on the ice) 4-6 required

Silent Auction Assistant 2 required

Runners ( generally youth (8-15)) 3-6 required

Matt Moving, Set Up, Take Down, and Mat Return. – 15 -20 required.

For any further questions, please contact Karen at salvucci@cogeco.ca. Thanks!

Thank-you for a Successful National Skating Day!

The HSSC and GHSSC would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in a successful National Skating Day. We appreciate the help of all those volunteers that made it a great day – and a special thanks goes out to Speed Skating Canada, Government of Canada and Partipaction 150 Playlist for their financial support – we could not have done this without you! Finally, thank-you to our new skaters that showed up to try out the sport – we hope to see you next year!

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Thank-you Milton!

We would like to thank the Milton speed skating club for hosting a fun regional speed skating meet. Congratulations goes out to our skaters that participated! Special shout out goes to Spencer who placed second in his division and Ethan who placed third in his division. Lots of PBs were achieved as well.  Pictures and protocol are attached!

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