Speed Skat­ing Club starts 50th sea­son with Canada Games Tri­als

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The Kins­men Speed Skat­ing Club will hit the ice in Oc­to­ber at the Kins­men Arena with some great hopes and some fast­paced events to kick off its 50th an­niver­sary sea­son.

The speed skat­ing club, now spon­sored by the lo­cal Kins­men was founded by Wally Boschuk back in 1968. Boschuk was hon­oured by hav­ing a lo­cal arena named af­ter him.

“In keep­ing with Wally’s tire­less spirit of pro­mot­ing speed skat­ing and sport in gen­eral, the club will be host­ing a try speed skat­ing event on Thurs­day, Oct 11th,” ac­cord­ing to novice coach John Mor­ris. “There are lots of skaters out there who’ve de­vel­oped good skills through other sports and this is a chance for them to see how their skills can be used else­where. We also get oth­ers who sim­ply want to try skat­ing so, ev­ery year, we hold an event like this, fit peo­ple out with our rental skates and give them some quick ba­sic in­struc­tion,” said Mor­ris. “Over the years, many of our best ath­letes started their ca­reers at events like this and moved on to great things.” Those want­ing more in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Mor­ris at 306 694-4192, jh­mor­ris@sask­tel.net.

On the af­ter­noon of Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 14th, at the Kins­men Arena, the club will also be hold­ing a mini-meet. Ac­cord­ing to head coach Verna Ker­gan skaters have been in­vited from around the prov­ince to come for sprint races. “It’s a good chance to drop by and see the sport and an op­por­tu­nity for our skaters to get some early sea­son com­pe­ti­tion ex­pe­ri­ence. Com­pet­ing is one of the most re­ward­ing parts of the sport.”

The Kins­men Speed Skat­ing Club is also proud to host the fi­nal of two Canada Win­ter Games short track team tri­als. The meet will take place at the Bark­man Arena in Caron­port on Novem­ber 10-11. The tri­als will be held with the club’s an- nual short track com­pe­ti­tion. The Games are sched­uled for Red Deer Al­berta this com­ing Fe­bru­ary. A long track team and short track team will be cho­sen for Saskatchewan.

Moose Jaw head coach Verna Ker­gan, who will be the man­ager for the long track team, said they ex­pect Moose Jaw skaters Marc An­dré Doyon, and Jane and Molly Mor­ris to try out for one of the teams. Doyon re­cently be­gan his sea­son at a long track meet in Cal­gary and where the long track por­tion of the Canada Games will take place. Ker­gan added, “Marc did well for his first time com­pet­ing in long track this year and will be a strong con­tender for ei­ther team thanks to his hard work in the off sea­son.”

At the last Canada Win­ter Games the club sent five skaters with Graeme Fish and Gabrielle San­son, bring­ing sil­ver medals home in 2015. Both Fish and San­son now train with pro­grams at the Olympic Oval in Cal­gary and both went on to com­pete at the in­ter­na­tional level.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Verna Ker­gan 306 690-9677.

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