Nelson speed skating coach Darrell Rasmussen.

Speed skating season set to begin in Nelson

Darrell Rasmussen is returning to coach the Nelson Speed Skating Club for a second straight year.

Darrell Rasmussen is returning to coach the Nelson Speed Skating Club for a second straight year. The former Canadian National Team member joined the club last year and guided them to a very successful year.

Rasmussen joins head coach Jason Hartleb and junior coach Emily Musa in the club’s five hours per week of practice time at the Nelson and District Community Complex.

Many of last year’s athletes are returning and the club hopes to attract new members to experience the fast thrills of short track racing. Former Nelson club members who have gone on to greater speed skating exploits are Scott Bickerton of Nelson and Ashley Nelson of Crescent Valley, both now with the National Long Track Development Team.

Among those returning athletes is Tyler Hartleb 15, the current BC Long Track Champion. Hartleb has been alternating practices between Kelowna, Calgary and Nelson as he trains towards the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George. He has been training for both long track and short track and given his progress should qualify for both. If successful, he will have to choose one of the two in which to represent BC at the Games.

Other members are training for the 2014 BC Winter Games to be held in Mission in February and other events in Kelowna, Kamloops, Salmon Arm and other communities around BC. Practices begin the first week in October and continue until mid-March.  Members can choose to skate up to three times per week depending upon their skill level and goals.

The club has speed skaters from all over the West Kootenays ranging in age from five years to 68. While most compete in BC racing events the club also has members who join for the fun and great aerobic conditioning or just to learn a new sport. The club also has members whose goal is to improve their conditioning and skating techniques for hockey.

The club offers an inexpensive 10 week learn to speed skate program and has speed skates for rent although hockey skates are welcome for newcomers. Other required equipment for this program is relatively inexpensive.

Registration for new and returning members for the 2013/2014 season will take place in the multi-purpose room at the Nelson and District Community Complex on September 28 between 12:15 and 2:15 pm. Speed skates can be rented at this time.

 

Anyone of any age interested in trying out the sport or for more information should contact head coach Jason Hartleb at 250-304-4416.

 

 

Just Posted

Downtown Automotive awarded for hiring practices

The annual award is handed out by the Kootenay Career Development Society

Castlegar, Grand Forks areas to see cleaner winter roads under new contract

YRB set to take over 10-year maintenance contract on Monday

VIDEO: Nelson Tennis Club’s new home opens

The revitalized courts above LVR had their grand opening Saturday

Purcell withdraws from Nelson council election

First-time candidate Heather Keczan has also withdrawn

U.S. Court upholds Teck pollution ruling

Teck appealed a previous decision that it must pay $8.25 million in Colville Confederated Tribes’ court costs

VIDEO: Rare close encounter with whale pod spotted off B.C. waters

Pod of southern resident orca whales breach within arms length of whale watchers

Tempering the B.C. cannabis legalization ‘gold rush’

Retail selling of marijuana offers potential business opportunities and pitfalls

B.C. cancer patient’s case exposes gaps in care for homeless people: advocates

Terry Willis says he’s praying for a clean, safe place to live to undergo the cancer treatments he needs after he was denied chemotherapy because he lives in a Victoria homeless shelter.

Trump boasts of America’s might, gets laugh at UN

President Donald Trump received an unexpected laugh at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

Federal use of A.I. in visa applications could breach human rights, report says

Impacts of automated decision-making involving immigration applications and how errors and assumptions could lead to “life-and-death ramifications”

Rattie scores 3 as Oilers blank Canucks 6-0

Vancouver slips to 1-5 in exhibition play

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Dead B.C. motorcyclist was member of group that raced down mountain road

Some group members record their rides on Strathcona Parkway and post times to page

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

Most Read