2016-2017 Speed Skating SeasonPosted: 20170721
It is with deep sadness that the Cambridge Speed Skating Club offers it's sincere condolences to the family and friends of Bennett Wiancko.
Bennett and his family fought an intense and courageous battle against multiple brain tumors but a few days before his 24th birthday Bennett passed away.
Bennett was a member of the Cambridge Speed Skating Club for about 10 years and represented the club in many short track and long track competitions. He was also a member of Team Ontario and went to numerous Canadian Short Track Championships and Long Track events. His fellow athletes enjoyed skating with him, but also enjoyed his witty comments in the dressing room while he was getting ready at a leisurely pace, which often made him the last skater on the ice (and sometimes in trouble with coach Ernie).
Please keep Bennett's sister Holly, his mom Cathy (past president) and his dad Chris in your thoughts and prayers as their journey continues while coping with this loss. Bennett we will not forget you.
A note from Bennett's family:
Learn to Speed Skate - Children ages 6 - 12
Learn the basics of speed skating in a fun environment.
Must be able to skate forward, 1 lap of arena and stop.
FOUR Saturdays in August at Hespeler Memorial Arena!
4 classes for $40.
Introduction to Speed Skating Program
On Friday, May 12th, Cambridge Speed Skating Club hosted an Introduction to Speed Skating program with a local elementary school.
Coach Blake Morrison states, "The program went very well!! Everyone had a great time and were very excited to have tried something new."
A big shout out to Blake and the volunteers who made this possible: Brie, Bradley, Karyn, Daniel, Vytas, Scott, Josh and Sylvie.
Summer Ice Program
Cambridge's summer ice program offers development and advanced level skaters:
This is a great program that promotes the advancement of speed skating techniques combined with core strength and stamina training.
Register at soon as space is limited. Drop-in fees are available for non members. Inquire at .
...while competing with Team Ontario at the Canada East Championships!
Way to go Aaralyn!
Provincial B Championships
Good results this weekend!
A number of families stayed over the at Four Points on Saturday night and enjoyed a well attended team dinner at Earl's followed by a evening of fun and swimming back at the hotel pool.
Enough energy was left in the tank on Sunday to pull the following top finishes:
This week the Cambridge Speed Skating Club received a generous donation from the Hespeler Reunion 2016 Committee. The donation is in recognition for the demonstration held by the club at the Reunion's opening night. This donation will be put to good use in helping the club provide it's program to our youth skaters.
CSSC gives a warm THANKS to the Hespeler Reunion committee!
A Bitter Sweet Moment
Three skaters who will be leaving the club at the end of this season; Max Brant who will be going to the Oval Program, Hannah MacDougall and Kate Miyasaki who will be heading off to university. In the picture the three are heading off to the change room for the last time, leaving coach Ernie Overland short three senior skaters!
Congratulations to Kate Miyasaki who won Gold in the Junior A division of the Provincial A Championships. This was Kates's last race of her skating "career."
Cambridge Speed Skating Club at Galt Skating Races
Cambridge Speed Skating Club members:
Young skaters representing 10 schools gave it their best at this historic event held at the also historic Galt Arena Gardens.
Road to the Olympic Games: Speed Skating is as Canadian as You Can Get
The sport we sometimes take for granted has produced so many champions. Hosted by veteran broadcasters Scott Russell and Andi Petrillo, Road to the Olympic Games chronicles athletes' journeys on and off the field of play.
"Most young Canadians are born with skates on their feet," former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson once famously declared, ".rather than with silver spoons in their mouths." Continued...
CSSC Members at Burlington Meet on Family Day
Richard is a past member of CSSC and is our latest Olympian. His Olympic banner can be seen where we practice at Hespeler Arena.
Richard gave thanks to those who have helped him throughout his career, he said:
Pictured is Colin Ferguson who brought home a silver medal in "Boys 9-11" and Aaralyn McGill who brought home a gold medal in "Girls 9-11".
Also competing were Hannah MacDougall, Kassidy Greulich and Matthew Buchanan-MacDougall.
Congratulations to all on your
Congratulations on Cam Mason and Max Brant on their performances at the Canada Cup #2 long track meet in Calgary.
Welcome to the 2016/2017 skating season!
This September we will again offer a trial program. Registration and skate fitting for the TryB4UJoin program is on September 13th and 15th with lessons the following two weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Regular season registration and skate fitting starts on September 6th and 8th.
Guest skating starts on Monday and Tuesday, September 12th and 13th.
We hope that you enjoyed your summer training. See you in September!
Congratulations to Ernie Overland who has been inducted into Speed Skating Canada's Hall of Fame as a Builder.
Ernie Overland, father of Olympic medalists Kevin (Crockett) and Amanda as well as Olympian Cindy, has been actively coaching in Ontario since 1982. He also contributed to Derrick Campbell, gold medalist in the men's relay at the 1998 Olympic Games, Mike Ireland and Richard Shoebridge's Olympic Dream. While being a mentor across the country, he also developed and delivered speed skating specific programs for coaches at the Special Olympic World Games. Ernie Overland is the first inductee into Speed Skating Canada's Hall of Fame since 2006.
Canada East was a memorable experience for both Daria and myself. I thought that I would share a link to the banquet highlights, the athletes had a great time! A lot of food, but sadly no seafood in the buffet :( Still a great time, a lot of stories to tell all of you when we meet next. This is the link to the banquet highlights showing the parade of athletes, the banquet hall and a few familiar faces!
Cheryl and Daria
Helmet Fitting Clinic
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
· 1st Hour skaters 5:50 - 6:00PM
CONGRATULATIONS TO ERNIE OVERLAND for winning the Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement Award!
The awarded coach must embody the spirit of sport as seen by past Olympic Decathlon coach, Andy Higgins.
These coaches have significant experience and a proven track record of 20 plus years.
Way to go, Ernie. We're very proud of you!
For more on Ernie's award, see http://ontariospeedskating.ca
A BIG thanks to Hannah and her family for providing the opportunity to create the only 400m oval in Southern Ontario.
Posted: 20141020 - THE TIME HAS COME
Cambridge Multi-Sport Oval
Presently the people of Cambridge are frustrated with the lack, size and age of the facilities available for sport and leisure within the City.
Organizations are forced to travel to communities outside of Cambridge to participate in the activities they enjoy.
Decades of fiscal restraint coupled with continuous growth has Cambridge in a prime position financially to offer the expansion of its facilities to include this Multi-Sport Oval facility.
Please visit: www.cambridgeoval.ca for more information on this exciting opportunity that could lead Cambridge and the Region of Waterloo to the centre stage of athletics in Southern Ontario!
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