Canada’s ultra-marathon and maratho girls should be very proud this week. Three of them, including Martine Charbonneau, Morgane Echardour, and Candy Wong won their respective categories at this past weekend’s New York 100k & NYC Skate Marathon.
Many skaters from Ottawa and Montreal as well as a hand-full from Toronto competed this past Saturday in the New York 100k. The race, which took place in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, featured 19 5+ km loops in the park. Skaters encountered wet and rainy conditions.
Greenfield Park’s Martine Charbonneau came across the line uncontested to collect her second victory in as many years in the pro women’s 100km race. Morgane Echardour was victorious in the 42km pro women’s race, while Toronto Inline’s Candy Wong was the top female finisher in the advanced 42km race.
Mississauga’s Peter Doucet placed 7th overall in the pro men’s 100k and Morgan Williams raced a strong race, finishing top-20.
Results will be posted here. You can view photos thanks to VRL and more pictures thanks to the PrintRoom.
Greenfield Park’s Martine Charbonneau wins the 2008 New York 100k in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park- photo from VRL/ Nathalie Larouche
Peter Doucet (5th in the white long sleeves) during the pro men’s 100k- photo from VRL/ Nathalie Larouche
Thumbs up from Robert Mitchell & Simon Clement during the men’s 42km race- photo from VRL/ Nathalie Larouche
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The 3rd Roller Sports Ontario Outdoor Series of the season took place this past Saturday in Toronto. The event took place under ideal conditions.
The Toronto Inline Skating Club and a number of volunteers, including Wayne Burrett, Gillian Clarke, Alex Perrie, Pam Perrie, and Jacky Shu helped make the race a success.
Pictures [click for Peter Doucet/ Morgane Echardour/ Georg Nikodym’s photos]
Results [1500m time trial] [500m] [10km] [Stage rankings] [Overall series rankings]
Morgane Williams leads Morgane Echardour and Scott Pauley in their 500-meter race- photo Peter Doucet/ Speed Skate World
Toronto Roller Derby was recently featured on Cable Pulse 24- Chicks Ahoy! wins Toronto Roller Derby championship.
Photo from Richard Koroll/Courtesy of Snap Bloor West Newspaper
Chicks Ahoy! beat the Gore Gore Rollergirls 114-97 on Saturday night, finishing the Toronto Roller Derby League’s second season in the top spot.
The final event of the 2008 World Roller Speed Skating Championships- the marathon- was held on Friday on a road running along the ocean. The marathon was followed by an awards ceremony, a banquet, and a party at a night club.
The road portion of the World Championships were held on a 400+ meter closed circuit. The Canadian team skated a strong competition with skaters qualifying for finals in distance races and with skaters also setting personal best times.
Unfortunately, the Canadian skaters suffered a number of falls and injuries during the championship. Of the 9 skaters who represented Canada, only one managed to avoid falling!
You can find all the results on the official website and a lot of pictures and more on Mundo Patin. Peter Doucet also provided some pictures and reporting on Speed Skate World. You can also view some images on Skating Around The World.
The road portion of the World Championships were held on a 400+ meter closed circuit.
The 2008 Canadian Speed World Team is in currently in Spain representing Canada at the World Roller Speed Skating Championships.
Many World Records have been set during this World Championship’s racing on the 200-meter banked track. A few of the team members made it out of heats and into some finals during the first three days of track racing.
A few of our Canadian team members were involved in multi-skater pile ups. Morgane Echardour and Sarah Hopkins went down in a 10+ skater fall in their 15km elimination race while Peter Doucet went down hard at the start of his 10km points race heat.
Athletes enjoye a day of rest today. Racing resumes tomorrow where athletes will race on a road circuit. More records are expect to fall during the compeition on the road course.
The Canadian team is on pace for its strongest finish ever in the overall team standings.
The Canadian Speed World Team attended the opening ceremony for the 2008 World Roller Speed Skating Championships in Gijon, Spain. The team enjoyed marching out behind the Canadian flag and were treated to a show that included music, dance, and skits.
Left to right: Chelsea Parry, Jade Pauley, Sarah Hopkins, Travis Shaw, and Alex Perrie (in the back)
Left to right: Alex D’mello, Brett Leavens, Travis Shaw, Jade Pauley, Chelsea Parry, Peter Doucet, Morgane Echardour, Sarah Hopkins, and Leah Kaluta