- Canadian Junior Short Track Open at MasterCard Centre - 3/18/15
- Local speed skater claims World Cup bronze - 3/21/15
- Canada’s Morrison, De Haitre grab speed skating medals - 3/21/15
- Blondin wins mass start title; de Haître reaches podium in final 1,000-metre race - 3/22/15
- Speed skaters win Ontario medals - 3/23/15
- Sault speed skater ends season with three personal bests - 3/24/15
In addition to Canada East there was also a Canada Cup and Junior Open Championships. There were Ontario medalists and many great Ontario perforamces at both events!
Toronto hosted Junior Open #2 and Clarington’s Innzbruk Richards won GOLD in the 500 and finished 2nd overall on the ladies side! Our top finisher on the mens side was Toronto’s Gibson Himbeault in 4th place. In total there were 24 Ontario skaters at the event. Visit SSC’s Junior #2 page for full results. You can also find links to videos and photos of the races at the Toronto club’s website.
Canada Cup #4 was held in Calgary and lots of information including full results and links to the webcast can be found on SSC’s CC#4 page. Jordan Belchos of Markham earned a GOLD in the men’s 5000m AND the men’s 10,000; In the women’s 3000m Isabelle Weidemann of Gloucester won SILVER and Lauren McGuire of Ottawa won BRONZE; Sault Ste Marie’s Richard MacLennan scored a BRONZE in the mens 1000m (2);
Not to be forgotten; at the long track World Cup Final in Erfurt Germany Vincent de Haître (Gloucester) earned his first ever world cup medal, a BRONZE in the 1000m and Ivanie Blondin (Gloucester) was named the overall women’s mass start CHAMPION for the season.
An impressive close to the season for everyone involved! CONGRATULATIONS!
Team Ontario was well represented at the 2015 Canada East Championships in Fredericton, New Brunswick this past weekend.
Thirty three skaters from across Ontario raced for two days and had many excellent results and Top 5 finishes. Five skaters reached the podium:
Girls 11 - Kennedy Feasby: 200m (2nd), 400m (3rd), 1500m (1st), 2000m (3rd) / Danna Ballantyne: 1500m (3rd)
Girls 12 - Nicole Vrazinovski: 400m (3rd) / Mika Sun: 1500m (3rd)
Boys 15 - Samuel Matthew: 200m (3rd)
Congratulations to the athletes and Thank You to the coaching team of Jesse Pauley, Paula McConvey, and Julie Walsh for their support.
While organized speed skating existed in Ontario before OSSA became official, today is a birthday of sorts for OSSA! “The Ice Skating Association of Ontario” was incorporated on March 6th, 1981. We changed our name to “The Ontario Speed Skating Association” on May 3rd, 1987. So Happy Birthday to us all!
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