Local skater Thomasina Anne Payne competes in the Red Deer Central Lions Speed Skating Club annual short track race at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre Saturday. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff

Local skater Thomasina Anne Payne competes in the Red Deer Central Lions Speed Skating Club annual short track race at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre Saturday. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff

Red Deer Central Lions Speed Skating Club host annual short track race

Speedskating is about more than just competition, says the head coach of the Red Deer Central Lions Speed Skating Club.

More than 100 speedskaters from around the province, between ages four and 16, competed in the club’s annual short track race at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre Saturday.

“For some of these kids, this is their life. They live and breathe for practice, racing and the social aspect of it. As you wander around here you’ll see groups of kids just hanging out and doing what kids should be doing,” said coach Nick Schultz.

“As they progress in the sport throughout the years, the training changes and they’ll become more disciplined and focused. But still the social aspect of this is a huge important thing for us. We’re here to have fun. The minute these sports aren’t fun, they aren’t as enjoyable for the kids.”

This is the first year the short track race was hosted at the Gary W. Harris rink – the club trains at the Kinex Arena.

“This is a great bonus for us to able able to use this arena, with more spectator opportunities,” Schultz said.

It was a busy day at the short track race, he added.

“Most of the races have time constraints, which limits the amount of registered skaters you can have. We maxed our registrations out at 130 skaters for this meet.

“We have skaters from as far south as Lethbridge … and typically we do see most of the Alberta clubs having representation here,” said Schultz.

The club will host two events in February: a long track race and a national-level race.

“There will be skaters representing each province and territory at that one,” said Schultz.

Schultz said, like many sports groups, the speedskating club is always looking to grow.

“There are only so many young athletes to go around. In sports in general there are some lower numbers than maybe they’d like to see, but there are a lot of options out there for kids. As long as kids are busy, we’re happy,” he said.



sean.mcintosh@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Rotary Club of Red Deer logo.
Red Deer Rotary Club hosting tree planting event later this month

The Rotary Club of Red Deer will host a tree-planting event later… Continue reading

New admissions have been suspended for Engineering Technology diplomas (Instrumentation, Electrical and Mechanical) and the Transitional Vocational Program at Red Deer College. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
Developmentally disabled impacted: Red Deer College suspends program

Transitional Vocational Program comes to an end

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw is asking Albertans to do their part by observing gathering limits, staying home if unwell, wearing masks and maintaining physical distance. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Three new Central zone COVID-19 deaths, Alberta adds 1,433 cases

Red Deer down to 802 active cases of COVID-19

NDP education critic Sarah Hoffman holds up freedom of information requests that turned up no records. The Opposition requested back-to-school re-entry plan correspondence between Education Minister Adriana LaGrange and school boards, teachers and the media. Photo via Facebook live
NDP renews calls for Alberta gov’t to scrap K-6 draft curriculum

The NDP is once again calling on the Alberta Government to get… Continue reading

Earlier this week Alberta Health Services warned that Rocky Mountain House Health Centre emergency department would be temporarily without physician coverage from May 12, at 6 p.m., to May 13, at 7 a.m. (Photo contributed by the Town of Rocky Mountain House)
Doctors needed in Rocky Mountain House

Emergency department temporarily closed due to doctor shortage

Bo’s Bar and Grill owner Brennen Wowk said the hospitality industry is looking for more clarity from the province around what conditions must be met to allow for restaurants reopening. (Advocate file photo)
Frustated restaurant owners want to know government’s reopening plan

Restaurant owners feel they are in lockdown limbo

Harley Hay
Harley Hay: Insert your name here

Back in the Paleolithic Era when a McDonald’s cheeseburger was 29 cents… Continue reading

Black Press file photo
Job search: Write a request that will get accepted

Last Thursday, when I logged into LinkedIn, I had nine connection requests… Continue reading

T-shirt with vaccine shot. (Contributed photo)
Letter: Hand out T-shirts with vaccine shots

I made myself a graphic T-shirt recently after getting my vaccine shot.… Continue reading

Winnipeg Jets' Kyle Connor (81) scores on Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell (36) as TJ Brodie (78) defends during second-period NHL action in Winnipeg on Friday, May 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Connor scores twice, Jets beat Leafs in regular-season finale

Connor scores twice, Jets beat Leafs in regular-season finale

Atletico Ottawa defender Vashon Neufville controls the ball during Atletico Ottawa’s first team practice of their inaugural season in the Canadian Premier League in Ottawa, Wednesday June 3, 2020. The Canadian Premier League plans to kick off its third season mid-June to early July in one location without fans. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Wattie
Canadian Premier League delays kickoff again, looks to mid-June to early July start

Canadian Premier League delays kickoff again, looks to mid-June to early July start

Calgary’s Stephen Ames shoots 66 to take Mitsubishi Electric lead

Calgary’s Stephen Ames shoots 66 to take Mitsubishi Electric lead

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) deflects a shot against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
NHL postseason: Who’s hot as the playoffs arrive?

NHL postseason: Who’s hot as the playoffs arrive?

Ottawa Senators' Connor Brown, right, celebrates a goal with teammates during third period NHL action against the Montreal Canadiens, in Ottawa, Wednesday, March 5, 2021. Brown will lead a young Canadian squad into the world hockey championship in Riga, Latvia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Ottawa forward Connor Brown leads Canada’s roster at world championship

Ottawa forward Connor Brown leads Canada’s roster at world championship

Most Read