Monthly Archives: January 2017

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


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.


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 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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National Skating Day – Sunday Jan 22nd – Come give it a try!

Have you, or your child or friends ever wondered what it is like to skate on those long blades? Is it hard? Can you go fast?

Next Sunday is your chance to find out. Thanks to Speed Skating Canada, Participaction, the Government of Canada and in celebration of National Skating Day, we will be hosting a National Skating Day celebration.

We encourage you, your family and friends to come out for some fun and to give speed skating a try.
Date & Time: Sunday Jan. 22nd, starting at 3pm for registration and skate fitting. On ice activities run between 3:55 – 5:45 with snacks and awards to follow from 6-7pm.

Location: FH Sherman Arena 388 First Rd.East, Stoney Creek

Cost: – It’s FREE!

Please see the attached poster for details. Also attached is a registration form for the club which we ask you to print and bring. Don’t worry, you are not committing to anything. We just require a completed from for each skater for insurance purposes.

Please feel free to forward this invite to your friends and family who may want to join us.

Hope to see you on the ice!



Provincial Series Meets and Results


Attached below, pls find the latest protocol from Clarington meet, held in early January. Congratulations goes out to all of our provincial skaters who competed in this event -you made our clubs proud! Here are some pictures to enjoy from the meet…



The next provincial meet will be held in Newmarket on Feb 11th and 12th. Attached is the announcement and registration form. Deadline to register is Wed, Feb. 1st – please notify Amy, if you plan on attending. Good luck to our skaters!

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Regional Meets and Results


Congratulations to all of our skaters that participated in the London Regional Meet in mid December! Lots of PB’s achieved and several of our skaters medalled – Spencer placed third, Vivian placed second and Ethan won first in their respective devisions. Well done, everyone! If anyone has any pictures of the event to share, pls forward them to Karen at and I will post them here. Protocol from the meet is attached here.



The next regional meet is being held in Toronto on Sunday, Feb 3, 2017. This is a Central meet – meaning they will only let our Western regional skaters attend, if they have room. Pls let Amy know if you are interested in going, and she will let you know if they open up their registration to our area. Registration form and meet information is attached here.

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Family Day meet – held in Burlington on Monday Feb. 20th. This is our club’s meet that we will be hosting. We encourage all of our skaters to participate. Since this meet is our only other major fundraiser, we also expect the parents of the skaters to help out as well. More information will be coming shortly regarding volunteer opportunities and donations for the silent auction.