Bay State Speedskating was thrilled to have 2014 US Olympic Short Track Silver medalist Chris Creveling join us for a practice session on Tuesday July 15. Chris, seen here in the grey and orange hoodie, skated a bit, coached a bit and was happy to show off his shiny silver medal from Sochi.
In case you missed the WMUR piece on Bay State Speedskating
And don’t forget to sign up for the Caroline ST Camp in August. Email if you’re interested in only doing party of the camp for a reduced rate.
Online registration at http://safepayevents.com/Home.aspx?ID=45202512
We started the season with Baystate member Hugh Johnston becoming A US Speedskating Level 1 Coach. This was an important event considering several of our long time coaches recently retired. He joined John Chadis, a Level 2 Coach, in helping our club learn the fine art of speedskating twice a week in Walpole. Mike Powers continued coaching and growing the Bedford contingent on Sunday mornings. This provided our skaters with a total of three ice sessions per week.
Come one, come all! Registration is now open!
The Bay State Club Races, also known as the Spring Jam, will be held on Saturday April 26.
Check-in will be at 5:00pm, warm-ups will start around 5:30pm and racing will start about 6:00pm. We have the ice until 8:00pm, so all races will be done by 7:45pm. After the races, we’ll have pizza, dessert, awards and our annual meeting.
Since we’re renting extra ice, the cost will be a stamp on your Winter (Walpole) card plus $10. For new skaters that don’t yet have a card, and for our Bedford skaters, the cost will be $35. These prices include pizza. The cost for non-skaters that would like to join us for pizza is $5 per person.
This is a club race, so the competition will be friendly and informal. If you’ve never raced before, this is a good place to start. We’d really like to encourage all of our newer skaters to give this a try. Come on Bedford folks, make Coach Mike proud!
Click here to register
When registering, you’ll need the following for each person racing: name, age, recent race time (333m for those 12 and under, 500m for those above 12). If you don’t have a time, register anyway, Ask a coach at the next practice to time you. Registration will close on Sunday April 20. Please register early so we know how many people we’ll have! Registering early will also prevent me from bugging you every time I see you.
As always, we need volunteers to help us. And volunteers get their pizza for free! Please e-mail BayState Speedskating to volunteer your services.
- meet clerk
- mats, before and after (as many as possible)
- block chasers (at least two, four is better)
- water bucket filler
- timers (five or six)
- lap counter
- heat box manager
Pizza will be provided, but it would be great to have some people bring desserts, salads, etc. Let me know if you’re interested in bringing something.
The City of Worcester asked us to demo at their public rink “The Worcester Oval” in Worcester this past Sunday. Bay Staters Jen, Hugh, Jori, Julie, James, Raul, Maura, and Tod represented the club on the ice while Todd Zaorski announced and Mike Powers helped answering questions from the crowd of 100+ spectators.
Luckily, the weather and the ice were good – the rink was challenging in shape and size but the demonstration did a great job of showing some basic short track skills via start, a pace line, and relays.
Kim Benner acted as the official photographer, see the rest of her pictures. Thanks Kim!