Message from the PresidentPosted: 20121107
The Provincial Series Short Track Speed Skating meets are off to a great start.
Lots of fast races with tough competition. On Saturday we celebrated being awarded our Ontario Trillium Foundation grant for the purchase of the mats used for the meet. These mats meet the new SSC Level 4 requirements and were a good demonstration of the improved safety and protection they provide. On Saturday we were also recognized by our MPP, Mr. Rob Leone, for this, our 40th anniversary year. Members of the OSSA Safety Task Group were present and held a SCAT2 seminar where they performed a demonstration evaluation.
Also on Saturday, the Provincial Series Meet #1 in Cambridge, Ontario was visited by Alex Hourahine of Active Cambridge. Says Alex, "Saturday it was on to the (Hespeler) Arena to watch the Cambridge Speed Skating Club host an Ontario wide competition. What an amazing sport, grace and power never went together so well. This is one exciting sport to watch and again seeing these young athletes give their very best on the ice then cheer like crazy for their team mates when it was there turn to race & awe inspiring." Pictures and a video at http://www.testingac123.com/speed-skating.html
Sunday started off with some very exciting 200m individual pursuits and ended with competitive points races. We also enjoyed the surprise visit by our very own Olympian, Cindy Overland (with the silver helmet), who helped to track steward.
I would like to thank the officials, coaches and many volunteers from Cambridge as well as those from other clubs who helped make this a successful and enjoyable weekend for all athletes. This wouldn't have been possible if not for their energy, hard work and dedication to the sport and athletes.
Posted: 20120828 - Welcome to the 2012-2013 Speed Skating Season!
Another summer is blistering by and we find ourselves fast approaching the 2012/2013 speed skating season. To get a jump start on the season, many of our athletes participated in summer ice and dryland training. I know others have kept active in other ways, including Blake's mountain bike training. For those who attended the "Overland and On-The-Ice" camp (view photos), you'll bring some polished techniques to the ice early in the season. All of this has been made possible thanks to the tireless efforts of our coaches, support people, the many generous volunteers and the Board of Directors. As a club, our accomplishments are also a reflection of the tremendous effort our athletes put into this sport.
Over the years our club has been credited with being one of the leading clubs in Ontario. CSSC demonstrated this in the 2011/2012 season by being the first speed skating club in Ontario to implement a concussion policy. Lead by Vince Carruthers, a concussion presentation was delivered at this year's Ontario Speed Skating Association's (OSSA) annual general meeting. OSSA was so impressed by this presentation that they nominated Vince to take the lead role in their safety committee. Congratulations Vince!
This season we will continue with our concussion testing, starting with a rebaseline test for all athletes over the age of 10yrs (the minimum age that the test is effective).
There will also be some exciting changes seen at our club and across the province.
Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, we have received grant funding that will allow us to purchase new mats that will meet the just released Speed Skating Canada (SSC) specs. These mats will provide far greater protection to the athlete and are we are working to have them in time for this year's O'Cup.
Another change that many will be speaking about is the change to the competition format. Details can be found at ontariospeedskating.ca/technical-bulletins/TB20121-1.pdf.
Last year was a great season and I'm sure this year will be equally as exciting. A big thanks our coaches (including Vytas Jasinskas who works hard to keep the club skates in fine form), off-ice support, VPs & Directors, the many volunteers and those who have stepped up to take on key roles in the club.
As with many sports, speed skating can be expensive. The greatest expense for the club is the ice time. Most of your registration fee is to cover the cost of ice time. In order to limit the costs that are transferred to the parents/athletes (via registration cost), CSSC holds fundraising activities throughout the season. Our largest contributor to our fundraising efforts is BINGO. With the BINGO funds we are able to reduce the registration fees by about $200 per athlete. We earn these BINGO funds by volunteering at the BINGO nights.
As you might guess, receiving BINGO funds is highly sought after. In fact, it is more of a privilege than a right and we don't want to lose this privilege. Please help maintain the BINGO funds by signing up as a volunteer. We ask for only 2 nights per athlete.
Janice Grinberg is the Chair of BINGO. Please contact Janice if you have questions concerning BINGO. For further information on BINGO, please check out the website under Volunteer Info. PLEASE COME PREPARED TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR BINGO NIGHTS!
Have a great season and see you at the arena!!