The Club has a total of Six
(6) hours of ice time per week this season,
at the Mount Joy
arena, same as in 2013-2014:
Tuesday evenings 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday evenings 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
First session will be on Tuesday September 9, 2014
and the last will be on Friday March 27
The younger and novice skaters have the
first hour (starting at 7/6:30pm)
the intermediate skaters have the middle
hour (starting at 8/7:30 pm)
faster experienced skaters have the
last hour (starting at 9/8:30 pm<
There will be
NO skating on the nights of
September 19, 30, November 28 and December
OSSA RACE MEET 2014
The Club will host an
OSSA Central Region race meet on Saturday
November 29 2014 at the Angus Glen Community
Centre in Markham. This will be the sixth
consecutive year that we will have hosted such
SUMMER DRYLAND Summer dryland training started in early May and will continue to the end of August.
for returning members for the 2014-2015
season will be accepted during the last 2
weeks of August,
when we have our summer intro lessons, Tuesday
and Thursday 19, 21, 26 or 28 at the
Mount Joy arena
at which returning members can complete
paperwork, make payments, select
skates, and catch up on news and friends.
Please do these tasks before
our first skating night: it will be too busy
to do this
work when we are trying to get everyone on
the ice on the first skating night.
Preprinted forms will be available for
If you cannot attend during these times,
please come during the Open House.
OPEN HOUSE, Fall
hold our annual OPEN HOUSE in the
early afternoon on
Sunday September 07 2014 for anyone who is
curious about the
sport of Short Track Speed Skating and would
like to try it out.
We have ice from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 to let
you try speed skating for free,
so invite your friends to take advantage of
See our Newcomers web page for more
information. Try to arrive early for skate
fitting if possible.
Previous members: please come
during the afternoon to assist.
You can skate yourself too, but only if you
REVIEW OF THE 2012-2013
It was a good season! Lots of
members, lots of racers, lots of good results,
lots of medals, lots of fun!
REGIONAL #2 RACE MEET IN 2012
The Club hosted the 2nd. Central Regional
race meet santioned by the Ontario Speed
Skating Association on Saturday December 1
2012 at the Angus Glen Community Centre in
Markham. It was a very successful event thanks
to all the hard work by
many volunteers and for the generosity of many
parents and sponsors.
Our record number of 34 skaters did well,
winning a record number of eight medals
and many, many PBs. Congratulations! Click to
see all the results.
September 21 2012 marked
the tenth anniversary of the Club receiving
its first Ontario Trillium Foundation grant.
It enabled the Club to purchase new skates and
to undertake a publicity program to increase
awareness, and to host training camps.
In the subsequent years, membership grew, ice
time increased, and the number of
racers and their performance increased to the
point that the Club now hosts race
meets and is above the median size of clubs in
Ontario. The grant was instrumental
in starting that process.
Ontario Trillium Foundation grant
presentation ceremony, 21 September 2002.
(l to r):
Jack Hennigar, skater; Ian Hennigar,
Director of OSSA; David Tsubouchi, Markham
Fitz Matheson, OTF; George McKelvey,
Councillor; Roger Buxton, Club President.
IN-CLUB RACES IN 2012
We allocated four of our
regular practice evenings to in-club races in
which everyone stayed for both hours and races
about 4 times.
These races prepared skaters for the formal
OSSA-sanctioned Regional series provincial
race meets, as well as parents in the roles
and tasks of race officials. The help provided
by parent volunteers was essential and much
The first in-club race evening took place on
Tuesday October 16 2012, and the last date was
Friday February 22 2013.
Click on the appropriate link in the following
table to obtain the results.
Group 1: fastest; >15 years.
Group 2: fast 11 - 15 years.
Group B: fastest 6 - 11 years.
Group A: fast 6 - 11 years.
The ranks are based on the sum of the points
earned by the finish order after the last of
the rounds of each distance.
Look at the photographs that Parry Chow took
on November 16 and on
other occasions. Type 'skating' in the
'Private Album Password' box.
SUMMER CAMP 2012
The Club held its first
summer skating camp on Saturday and Sunday
August 11 and 12 2012 at the Centennial
Community Centre in Markham.
Peewees, Bantams, Midgets, and Juveniles from
several clubs in Ontario
participated under the coaching leadership of
Valerie Ing. Thanks, too, to
Ron Blackwell, Ginette Lamoureux, Heidi Beck,
Jason Cochrane, and
Tina Papp for coaching. Participants engaged
in skating, dryland, and
off-ice activities to provide a wide range of
On Saturday evening, a BBQ was held for the
Club and the Camp participants. Markham MPP
and Minister for Tourism, Culture, and Sport
was a special guest.
On Sunday, participants were treated to the
presence of Jordan Belchos,
national team member and Canadian champion in
the 5km and 10km distances,
who assisted in several programs.
Other photographs were published in the
September 2012 issue of Snap Markham .
OTHER SUMMER 2012 ACTIVITIES
Most skaters participate
in other organized sports and otherwise stay
active during the non-skating season. Some
have also raised money
for charities by participating in major
fund-raising events, as shown in
Heidi Beck & Claire Liew
at the Run For Women.
Claire also met her inspiration,
Catriona LeMay Doan - again!
Riders and supporters of the Ride For Heart
CLUB RECEIVES PRIZE MONEY - AGAIN!
Insurance, a major sponsor of the national
speed skating teams, has awarded the Club
$1000 from their Podium
Tracker program as a result of the gold
medal won by Christine Nesbitt at the World
Sprint Championships in Calgary in February
2012. This is the second such prize in as many
years: see the story below about the first
award. The Club is very grateful for the
support provided by Intact to clubs across the
country from this program.
Photo: Christine Nesbitt with Club
president Roger Buxton at the Speed
Skating Canada Annual General Meeting in
June 2012 where she received the Catriona
Le May Doan Female Long Track Skater of
the Year award for the second year in a
row. In the 2011-2012 season, she captured
eleven medals on the World Cup circuit and
another eight at World Championships. She
was the World Champion and World Cup
Champion in the 1,000 metres, World
Champion and World Cup Champion in the
1,500 metres, the first-ever ladies Grand
World Cup Champion and world record holder
in the 1,000 metres. She also won the gold
medal in the 1,000 metres at the Vancouver
Olympic games in 2010. She skated short
track with the London (Ontario) club in
her earlier years before moving to Calgary
to skate long track. She qualified for the
national team in 2004-05.
INTACT DAYS ON
Several members of the Club
participated in the Days on Skates
events hosted by
Intact Insurance and Speed Skating Canada at
Toronto's Harbourfront ice rink on
Sat/Sun Feb. 11/12 2012 with multiple Olympic
medalists Catriona LeMay Doan and
Kristina Groves as special guests.
Skaters from several Toronto-area
clubs demonstrated for the public
and assisted newcomers in trying speed
skating in brisk outdoor conditions.
Catriona LeMay Doan (in red) joins
Kristina Groves (right)
(l to r) Jamie Atherton, Heidi Beck, and Tim
Beck. Tim and
Heidi Beck, Claire and Justin Liew.
Breanna Chapman and Callista Bennett
leads with Claire Liew 3rd.
CIVIC CENTRE RINK OPENING
The Club participated in
the opening ceremonies of the new outdoor
skating rink at the Markham Civic Centre on
December 10, 2011, by giving a demon-
stration of a relay race. To keep the event
manageable and within the time constraint,
it was limited to two teams of three skaters
each who skated twelve laps with
reduced straight-line lengths. They braved the
sub-zero temperature and brisk
wind and skated well in front of an audience
of several hundred spectators.
Tim Beck (green 5) exchanges with
Claire DesRosiers (green 7) while Connor
black) prepares to exchange with Jamie
Atherton (red 6).
A snippet of the relay race is shown in the video of the opening
starting at 3:22.
Relay skaters with Olympic figure
skating medalist Steven Cousins
Thanks to Heidi Beck, Tim Beck, Claire
DesRosiers, and Jamie Atherton, plus visitors
Alexis Halushak and Connor McPherson, for the
flawless demonstation, and to Ron Blackwell,
Gary Witney, and Ingrid Beck for assistance.
OSSA SILVER #5 RACE MEET
The Club hosted the 5th. Silver
ability race meet santioned by the Ontario
Speed Skating Association on Saturday December
3 2011 at the Angus Glen Community Centre in
Markham. It was a very successful event thanks
to all the hard work by many volunteers and
for the generosity of many parents and
Our 23 skaters did well, winning seven medals
and many, many PBs.
Congratulations! To see all the results, click here.
Several other photographs are printed in the
January 2012 issue of Snap Markham and can
also be seen on-line.
A photograph of Tim Beck (helmet #666) appears
on the front page of the December 9th. issue
of the Markham Economist and Sun newspaper. It
and other photographs can be seen in a slide show with sound:
click on the photograph of the Newmarket Jets
skater (Sarah Mulcahy) to start the show.
The cradle class skaters were surprised when
Santa Claus stepped onto the ice and presented
them with gift bags following their races.
Click the play button below to watch the
report by Rogers TV First Local Sports on the
first such race meet the Club hosted in
RogersTV broadcasted a
story about our Club during the week of
October 3-8 2011. Watch and listen how two
families learn to speed skate together.
CLUB RECEIVES PRIZE MONEY
As a result of Charles
Hamelin winning the gold medal in the 1000m
event of the short track World Cup race meet
in Quebec City in December 2010, Intact
Insurance, a sponsor of the national speed
skating teams, held a random draw and our club
was selected to win a $1000 cash prize from
Tracker program .
Dave Lough of Intact presented the Club with a
symbolic cheque in a ceremony on September 16
2011 during a practice session.
This welcome bonanza is being directed to
training four new coaches to support the
development of our skaters.
These photographs, taken by Parry Chow, also
appear in the October 2011 issue of SNAP
Markham, which is available free at the arena
and at many public other public places.
ceremonies took place during the Canada East
Championships in March 2011 (see story on
right). In the photograph, Club
president Roger Buxton shares a gold medal
with three members of Canada's Vancouver
Olympics' gold medal short track relay team: (left) Francois-Louis Tremblay; (centre)
Francois Hamelin; and (right)
The coaches will assign
beginning skaters and those with some
experience to the 7-8 p.m. hour and the more
skillful ones to the 8-9 p.m. hour. The
skating programs are
Skating programs will be a blend of Race
Ready! created by
Dave Morrison, one of Ontario's best coaches,
for our faster skaters
with new programs incorporating the Long Term
Athlete Development principles
for all skaters.
Competitive skaters are expected to conduct
warmups in the arena for half an hour
before our ice times, so ensure you arrive in
time to take advantage of them.
However, one, two, or even three hours on the
ice each week are insufficient
to optimize the skills, strength, and stamina
you need to race well, so take
the time to keep fit off the ice. Any way that
keeps you fit, strong, and agile
is desirable. One excellent way is to
participate in our weekly Winter
Dryland Training. Or, use our Fit To Skate
program indoors, either by yourself
or as a group.
Coaches can advise you on other clubs in the
GTA which allow visitors to train with them.
Newmarket, Brampton, Toronto, Clarington,
Oshawa, and Clarington are the most
Ron Blackwell is our Head
Coach and organizes the coaching program
and coaches' schedule.
Ron is assisted by
Bennett, Heidi Beck, Jason Cochrane, and Tina
Former Canadian Olympic skater Valerie Ing will assist on some Friday
this season too.
Any skater who would like a
Markham skinsuit should take their
measurements according to the diagram and
contact the Club.
The more who order at one time, the lower the
CLUB'S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Club held its Annual
General Meeting on Thursday May 31 2012.
On Friday January 22
2010, Rogers TV recorded material
during our Club's sessions for a segment for
the York Region
Living channel of Rogers TV. It was broadcast
on Cable 10 & 63
during the week of February 14 2010. Click on
the 'Play' button
below to watch it.
Speed Skating Canada has a
good overview of the required safety equipment.
Here is a link to it from their website. Note
that some items of equipment are needed only for
racing, but most applies to anyone.
Congratulations to coach Iain
McCallum for placing in the top ten of his age
class at the World Masters Short Track Speed
Skating Competition held on April 6-7 in the
A good example to all our younger skaters.
Several skaters and their families participated
in major charity fund-raising events.
and supporters of the Becel Ride For HeartParticipants
in the Runway Run
Good for the supported causes; good for the
participants' fitness; good for the sense of
community amongst the families. Well done all.
Ontario racing season began in mid-October. Club
members made their mark from the outset and have
progressed from there:
Seven of our skaters participated in The
Ontario Western Regional #1 meet in London
on October 13-14, with all setting personal
best times, and one won a silver medal.
Seventeen skaters raced at the Central
Regional #1 meet in Clarington on October
20, of whom four won medals and all set PBs.
Eleven skaters entered the Western
Regional #2 meet in Brampton on November 10
following a last-minute opportunity to
enter, of whom four won medals.
A record 34 skaters entered the Central
Regional #2 meet which the Club hosted on
Five skaters were invited to compete in
the Regional Qualifier meet in Newmarket on
December 22, of whom one was selected to
move up to the Provincial racing series.
Twenty-two skaters competed at the Central
Regional #3 meet in Toronto on January 27,
of whom almost a third won medals.
Fourteen skaters competed at the Central
Regional #4 meet in Barrie on February 16,
of whom three won medals and four had PBs in
all three distances.
Seven skaters competed in the Provincial C
Championships in Oakville on March 2 - 3, of
whom one won a silver medal and two broke
the 60s mark for 500m.
In the last race meet of the season, five
skaters competed in the Provincial B
Championships and one in the Masters
Championships in Clarington on March 9-10,
of whom one won a bronze medal.
Under the new eligibility rules which came into
effect this season, our contingent in the
Provincial Series consists of:
Heidi Beck (Open Women)
Callista Bennett (Open Women)
Noah Chow (Boys 13), selected following
the Qualifying meet on December 22.
Both women competed in the Open Women's division
at the Provincial A #1 meet in Cambridge on
November 3-4 and Provincial A #2 meet in
Gloucester on November 24-25.
All three competed in Provincial A #3 in
Clarington on January 12-13 and at Provincial A
#4 in Cambridge on February 9, setting PBs in
All three also competed in the Provincial A
Championships in Waterloo on February 23-24 at
which Heidi Beck won bronze medals for her
individual overall result and her relay team.
She and Noah Chow set PBs in two distances.
Heidi Beck, Noah Chow, and Callista
Bennett in the opening ceremonies of the
Provincial A Championships.
Here is a list of the 30 individual medals
(equalling the Club record!) won in Ontario
races in the 2012-2013 season:
Jaya Dickson at Central Regional #1
Hanna Simao at Central Regional #2
Sasha Butterworth at Central Regional #3.
Tim Beck at Central Regional #2
Tim Beck at Central Regional #4
Tim Beck at Provincial B Championships
Aiden Esguerra at Central Regional #2
Bennett Lai at Central Regional #3
Justin Liew at Western Regional #1
Krisztina Papp at Central Regional #4
Eugene Wong at Central Regional #1
Eugene Wong at Western Regional #2
Eugene Wong at Central Regional #2
Eugene Wong at Central Regional #3
Eugene Wong at Provincial C Championships.
Daniel Asadi at Central Regional #2
Heidi Beck at the Provincial A
Tim Beck at Central Regional #1
Tim Beck at Central Regional #3
Sasha Butterworth at Central Regional #4
Noah Chow at Central Regional #1
Aden Chow at Western Regional #2
Bennett Lai at Western Regional #2
Krisztina Papp at Central Regional #2
Krisztina Papp at Central Regional #3
Colin Plummer at Central Regional #2
Colin Plummer at Central Regional #3
Malcolm Rose-Harriott at Western Regional
Mark Simao at Central Regional #3
Joshua Yang at Central Regional #2
These skaters made their debut in sub-clubs for
sub 50s : Tim Beck
sub 55s : Heidi Beck
sub 60s : Noah Chow
Well done all !
Look at the photographs that
Parry Chow took at several meets this season.
Type 'skating' in the 'Private Album Password'
box and select the desired meet from the
'Albums and Stories' list on the left.
Chantal Singer won a silver medal in
the Junior Women category at the
Canadian Waterski Championships in the
summer of 2012. In September, she won
gold and silver medals in the Under-17
Women's events at the Pan American
Waterski Championships. She competed on
the Canadian Junior Women's Team at the
World Junior Water Ski Championships in
Mulwala, Australia, in February 2013 and
won a team bronze medal.
Nima Rahnema competed in the Canadian
Junior Men's WuShu team at the World
Junior Championships in Macau, China, on
September 17, 2012, and won a bronze
Jocelyn Bérard was featured in the
Small Business supplement of the Globe
& Mail on October 17, 2012.
Congratulations! This explains why they are
not always on the ice.
Claire Liew was busy
during the summer of 2011, training not
only for speed skating but also for runs
to raise funds for breast cancer
research. Intrigued to see that Catriona
LeMay Doan was doing the same thing,
Claire decided to contact her, and in no
time she became quite a media celebrity
in September 2011. To see how, play this
Much to her delight, Claire was able to
meet in person not only Catriona (l)
but also another idol, 4-time Olympic
medalist Kristina Groves (r), a
few months later at the Intact Days on
Skates event (see left column).
Jordan Belchos completed his fifth international senior season
in 2012-2013 on the national long track
team, and was featured in Speed Skating
Canada's In The Spotlight
He is a long distance specialist, and is
the Canadian Champion in the 10,000
metre distance, a title he had held for
three consecutive years. He has been
Canadian Champion in the 5,000 m
distance too, and is currently second.
He competed in six World Cup
competitions in this past season, most
in Europe and Russia, with a final
ranking of 16th. in the world in the
5000/10000 m and set personal best times
in four of five distances.
He reached this height by winning a
place in 2006 in the pre-2010 Olympics Own
The Podium program and moved to
Calgary to train in long track speed
skating at the Olympic Oval, having
already had an illustrious career in
international Junior level in-line
skating. He transitioned from wheels to
blades very quickly, and set the
Canadian Junior 3,000 m record in 2008.
He qualified for the national long track
Development Team in 2009 and thence to
the World Cup team. We hope to see him
race at the Olympics this coming
received a new Markham Spirit Award medal
from Mayor Frank Scarpitti and the Markham
Sport Council (in absentio) during
an Athlete Recognition Ceremony at the end
of November 2009.
THE OLYMPICS IN 2018
Alex Ianculescu has recently
qualified for the 2018 Talent Squad, a
group of skaters being groomed for the
Olympic Winter Games in 2018. She also
moved to Calgary to train in long track
speed skating on the Olympic Oval, and
has lived, studied, and worked there for
a few years.
In the 2009-2010 season, she was
selected to be a forerunner at the
Vancouver Olympics in February 2010 (see
the photograph on our home page). In
that role, she skated for TV and
commentary timing purposes just prior to
the races, and was a track steward
during the actual races. What
experience! More recently, she was also
a forerunner at the World Sprint
Championships in February 2012.
In the 2010-2011 season, she won all the
races in the Ontario team trials for the
Canada Winter Games, and competed for
Ontario in those games in Halifax in
February 2011 (photo on right).
She then raced in the Canadian Junior
Championships and won a place on the
Canadian Junior team, and raced at the
World Junior Championships in Finland.
She also won a silver medal at the North
American Championships and raced in the
World Junior Cup in The Netherlands. She
finished the season with 4 PBs in five
races at Canada Cup #4.
2011-2012 marks her first season in the
senior category, and she finished in the
middle of the pack in the 500m and
1,000m distances at the recent 2012
Canadian Single Distance Championships,
setting a PB in the 500m in the process.
See her express her Olympic goal during
the Rogers TV clip in the Publicity
paragraph on our summer dryland
page. For a lot more about her, visit
her website .
She offers some really important advice
in her blog on Wednesday May 25 2011:
"Did a long warm up which is essential
to the things we do because we work so
many muscles and if they are not warmed
up they can be injured. Most common
speed skater injury is a groin pull.
Those happen on ice most of the time but
can easily happen if you don’t stretch
properly. Last year I would always show
up to practice on time and wish I had a
longer time to stretch and not rush
through things. I’d run, do my
stretching, do a few sets of imitations,
stretch again and then hit the ice. So
towards the end of the year I started
showing up early and making time for all
that, and I did see a difference in my
SKATERS ON TEAM ONTARIO AT 2011
and Cameron Mitchell(right)
competed for Team Ontario at Speed Skating
Canada's Canada East Age Class Short Track
Championships which were held in Toronto
on March 26 & 27, 2011. Ben was in the
Boys 13 division and Cameron was in the
Boys 14 division. They earned their
positions on the team from their results
in the Ontario Cup race series during the
winter season and from the Ontario
Championships on March 5-6. It was
Cameron's third time at an annual national
competition, but it was Ben's first, and
at the end of his first season of racing
Prior to the competition, RogersTV
compiled a story about Cameron and Ben,
and broadcasted it during the weekend of
the competition in their 'York Region This
Week' show. Click on the play button above
to watch it.
This was the first national meet under the
new age classes and race formats
introduced by SSC to conform with their
implementation of the Long Term Athlete
Development plan, and the skaters (and
officials) adapted remarkably well and
quickly given their very limited
experience with the new format.
Mitchell had the honour of being the
flag bearer for Ontario and took the
oath for all the athletes at the opening
ceremonies. He was also prominently
featured in the photograph
accompanying an article about the
Championships published on page S7 of
the sports section of the Toronto Star
on Sunday March 27. He had a moment of
gold too - with Guillaume Bastille and
his Olympic gold medal earned in the
short track relay in Vancouver last
Skaters from Quebec were numerous and
very strong, as expected, but skaters
from Ontario and the other provinces
gave them determined competition - and
everyone was fast!
leads three Quebecois.
Ben Ahn leads Ontario and New
Overall, Cameron finished fifth (and the
top Ontarian) and Ben twelfth in their
You can watch videos of many of
the races on-line. Do it: it's
CAMERAS, MIRRORS, ACTION!
Andrew Godbout, who was formerly our
Club's Head Coach, appeared in an
article about Olympic technology in the
December 20 2009 issue of Macleans
magazine. He also won a Own The Podium
position and moved to Calgary at the
same time as Jordan Belchos, to also
train in long track speed skating at the
Olympic Oval in Calgary. He too was on
Canadian World Cup teams.
Photo by Macleans
The photograph show him wearing in-line
skates while training on a giant
treadmill surrounded by mirrors and TV
cameras which allows him, and his
coaches, to carefully watch his
movements at speeds up to 60 km/hr to
permit refinements in technique.
Andrew (below left) was also
interviewed by CBC radio's Metro Morning
program's host Andy Barrie (below
right) on November 25 2009 about
his journey from a recreational skater
in Markham to vying for the Olympic
team. Click the Play button below (centre)
to hear their conversation (6˝ minutes).
HOW FAST DID THEY GO?
A police speed gun was used to measure
some skaters' speeds
during a practice in January 2010.
Here's how they fared,
subject to tolerances.
Not surprisingly, these values pretty
well reflect race results.
KYLE GRAHAM IN TV NEWS
Graham was featured in a news
story on GlobalTV on February 20 2009.
He joined the Club in the Learn To
Speed Skate program in November 2008
and has made rapid progress, winning
his division in his first competition
in January 2009. This feat caught the
attention of the GlobalTV sports desk,
so they chose to do a story on him.
Click twice on the 'play' arrow below
to watch it.