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Boys Road Trip Edition – 2018 Skate Canada Challenge

Day 1 – Wed. November 29

We started our first day with our usual early morning practice in Hamilton, before running to the airport to catch our flight to Montreal. Once in Montreal, we only had time to check in to the hotel, go to the grocery store to get some snacks, and grab a quick dinner before going to the rink to register and get ready for our practice. Our first official practice was a late one! We only had 20 minutes to get our bearings in the competition rink, before tomorrow’s short program! We got everything we wanted to accomplish done, and we are feeling confident for tomorrow!

Our event starts at 8:05 on rink 3, and we are the 6th team to skate. Catch us on the livestream!

-Chris (and Bella)

Day 2 – Thurs, November 30

Josh’s Day 1, day before competition.

Woke up bright and early to be on the road for 8:30am.

Arrived in Montreal for 10am just in time for a warm up and extra practice ice. Skated with other boys from BC and Alberta.

After practice ice went to the competition rink to check in. Ran into great friends and watched some great skating.

Checked into our hotel and ate some supper.

Off to bed now for 6:30am bus for 7:30am practice.

I skate the short Friday at 1:50pm on Rink 4 – watch live at https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6aditr and Christian’s free skate is at 6:45pm at https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6adim3
Josh

Day 3 – Friday, December 1, 2017 — Part 1

Day 3 – Friday, December 1, 2017 — Part 2

Up early to be on the shuttle for 6:30am to be at the rink for 7:20 practice ice.
Back to the hotel for a short rest and to get ready for the short program.
Competed. Some really great elements and some room to improve.

Dinner with fellow Ottawa skaters and back to the hotel to play.

Work hard, play hard.
Time to close the night at 9pm.
I’m up very early tomorrow for 5:30am shuttle and practice ice at 6:20.
Tomorrow is another day. Another fresh start.
Josh

Wrap-up

After the short program, we were lucky enough to be able to watch the senior pairs event. There were some great teams out there, including national team members Julianne Séguin & Charlie Bilodeau.

Fortunately we didn’t have to get up early the next day, as our long program practice wasn’t until about 12:30pm the next day.

In the long, we skated another personal best program, beating our combined sectionals score by over 7 points! We were very pleased with our progress and happy to see that all the hard training was paying off. This score qualified us in 7th place for nationals! This means we will be travelling with Emma to Vancouver in January for Nationals!! To celebrate, Ben and Darlene and I went out to our favorite pizza spot in Pierrefonds, as we do every time challenge is in Montreal!

On Saturday, I had the day off, so I slept in, and spent the day shopping and wandering around Montreal with Ben. Funny enough, we bumped into Eric Radford on the street, but only had time for a quick chat to wish him luck at the Grand Prix Final next week, before we went to meet my old roommates for dinner!

We even had time for a few pictures in Old Montreal before driving back to Ottawa! Here we are with my old roommates, Niki (Dutch National Skating Champion) and SJ (Korean pair skater).
Challenge was a good building experience for Bella and I, and we are excited for Nationals. We are looking forward to working hard to improve our score and placement, in order to be able to fight our way onto the podium come January. What a great week of skating and adventures!

Until next time,

Chris

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Travelling Blades – Maeve and Sheilagh go north….way north!

As you may know, the Gloucester Skating Club (GSC) has a unique relationship with the Iqaluit Skating Club (ISC) – we support them in their efforts to bring CANSkate programming and more to our fellow skaters up here in the north. We occasionally get to visit them, and if you recall, they sometimes come down south to visit us – last year’s Spring Festival Skate for example.

We came up here last week to work with the coaches, skaters, parents, Program Assistants (PAs), and Board of Directors of the Iqaluit Skating Club.

The weather was cold…there was a mini blizzard on Saturday. We really felt like we were in the North!

   

Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. They made us feel like we were part of their northern community!

Sheilagh and Maeve leading on-ice training sessions with the PAs. Many of them are adults from around the community.

The group of STAR Skaters we worked with on-ice.

 

GSC and ISC share a common passion for skating, and we are so happy to have been invited up North to work with these wonderful people!

Goodbye Iqaluit – we hope to see you again soon!

Maeve and Sheilagh

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Wild Rose Invitational

Our first installment comes from Jasmine and Emma travelling to the Wild Rose Invitational with Darlene Joseph…stay tuned for more!

August 2017

Jasmine Liu and Emma Proft with Darlene Joseph
Day 1 – Travel

August 3, 2017

After a last minute physio appointment and skate sharpening, a tear in Jasmine’s boots and needing to find a shoemaker to fix it, our fearless travellers had their morning’s direct flight cancelled and had to scramble for a new one – this one an evening flight with a late-night stopover in Calgary.

 Day 1 – Travel, Part 2

At the airport, views from the plane and another sleeping beauty.

Day 2 – We’ve arrived!

August 4, 2017

Ran into some familiar faces!! Reunion with the Ruiters!!

Day 2 – We’ve arrived, Part 2

August 4, 2017

Pre-practice workout at the hotel!

Day 3 – The Short

August 5, 2017

Note from the Editor: Tonight at 9:30pm our time (I hope) check out the live feed of the Robinson Arena in Leduc, Alberta to cheer on Jasmine and Emma as they skate their short programs!

Day 3 – The Short, Part 2

August 5, 2017

Lunch before practice! Napkin tricks!

Day 3 – The Short, Part 3

August 5, 2017

An inspiration to all. Great to hang out with 3-time Canadian National Champion and 2017 World Silver Medallist Kaetlyn Osmond. Later we got to spend some time with the “Bun Master” too!

Day 3 – The Short, Part 4

August 5, 2017

From the Editor: Tonight’s short program is about to start! You can livestream it and watch on your phone, your tablet, or like we are- on airplay, snuggled on the couch with some of our skaters’ favourite treats – candy and chocolate. A little birdie told me Darlene Joseph‘s favourite is gummy bears, but I can’t promise there will be any left when she returns….

Day 4 – The Free

August 6, 2017

From the Editor: With Emma currently in 3rd and Jasmine in 8th place, this afternoon at 3:00pm our time is your chance to watch the action at the Sobey’s Arena – send all of your positive vibes their way!

Day 5 – Homeward Bound

August 7, 2017

One last Edmonton treat!

Day 5 – Homeward Bound, Part 2

Great learning experience, thanks to GSC and Skate Ontario for all your support!!

“This was a great experience, and I will be applying what I’ve learned to upcoming events!”
-Jasmine

“Great learning experience and great memories”
-Emma

Final results: Emma 5th, Jasmine 8th

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