Some of the Hampton skaters enjoyed the Saint John FUNdamentals meet this past weekend at the Charles Gorman Arena. The skaters participated in a speed skating style meet with a few FUN races added. For some of these skaters it is their first time skating in a meet. All of the skaters received ribbons for each race they participated in. One of our skaters, Xander, received a first place for every race he competed in.
Congratulations to all our skaters!
Next meet on the Atlantic calendar is in Charlottetown, PEI this weekend.
29th Annual Harold Joyce Invitational Short Track Speed Skating Championship
November 22 – 23, 2014
Grant Harvey Centre, Fredericton, NB
The Fredericton Amateur Speed Skating Club welcomes all skaters to the annual Harold Joyce Championships. The Championships are open to all skaters of all ability and will include ability based skating on the 85m 100m and 111m tracks. To add to the excitement of the event, Speed Skate New Brunswick will be selecting its 2015 Canada Winter Games Short Track team during the competition.
Charles Gorman Arena, 80 University Avenue, Saint John
This is a great competition for new and beginner skaters to get some racing experience in a fun environment . The Saint John club has been doing this competition for 4 years and have always cone and excellent job in educating the skaters on how a competition works.
At the beginning of every season a dedicated crew of parents from the club spend approximately 2 hrs measuring, marking, drilling and placing paint into the ice to create a dotted track. The dots are used to mark the track in which the skaters must skate around. There are three track sizes 85m, 100m, and 111.12m.
A gentleman from the Hampton was kind enough to share this newspaper article from The Evening Times Globe dated January 26, 1970.
The article reads…
Local Skaters Dominate Meet
Saint John skaters dominated the 1970 New Brunswick Outdoor Speed Skating Championships at Lily Lake Saturday capturing victories in all but two of the 10 classifications.
Thirteen-year-old Gail Smith of Saint John was touted by course clerk, Leo Pye, Jr., as the best female competitor, while he rated Saint John’s Gary Harvey, 14, as the best male.
Miss Smith, who has no competitors in her age classing, skating against the clock came just three seconds short of the Canadian record for her age classing – coming across the finish line in 25 seconds for 220 yards.
Harvey, who had two skaters competing against him, clocked the same distance in 25.5. Both skaters are sure bets to represent this province at the Canada Winter Games next year.
New Saint John winner were Margot Joyce from Fredericton, who copped both events in the girls age 10-11 classing and Russel Lutz of Albert, Albert Co. who took both events in age 10-11 competition for boys’ over seven events.
Following is a complete list of the winners for event sponsored by New Brunswick Speed Skating Association.