The Vernon Speed Skating Club is ready to launch into its 20th year, and its preseason promotions begin today at the Vernon Recreation Complex.
From 4-8:30 p.m., the club is participating in Sportz Xtraveganza, an initiative from PacificSport Okanagan, to engage the community to try new sports for free.
The club will have an information booth set up at the rec complex, and from 6:30-7 p.m., people can try speed skating at Priest Valley Arena, under the supervision of club coaches.
There will be another opportunity for the public to strap on a pair of skates and try out the sport on Thursday as the club hosts an open house and registration night, 7-8 p.m., at PV.
Information about the Vernon club and the sport of short track speed skating will be available. Club members are encouraged to come out and assist on the ice.
There is another registration night at PV on Tuesday night (5-6:45).
The Vernon Speed Skating Club is in need of our parents to assist with a number of tasks this year. These duties include anything from assisting with mats, preparing hot chocolate for the skaters and assisting with the interclub meet at in February.
Practice sessions goes Tuesdays (5:15-6 p.m., and 6-6:45). The early session is for power skaters, rec skaters and competitive skaters. Any skates may be worn. The later time is for competitive skaters only, and proper equipment and attire, including proper speed skates must be worn.
There is another training session Thursday nights, 7-8 p.m., for rec and competitive skaters (speed skates must be worn).
Speed skating divisions are based on a competitors age as of June: Cradle (Under 5), Pee Wee (6-7), Bantam (8-9), Midget (10-11), Juvenile (12-13), Junior (14-15), Intermediate (16-17) and Senior and Master levels (18+).
Meanwhile, the Vernon club held its annual awards banquet earlier in the summer. Awards recipients include Trevor Rasmussen (Highest Achievement); Jacqueline Erickson (Most Improved, Most Dedicated), Nate Benn (Most Improved) and Shaughnessy Barker (Sportsmanship).