Montreal’s ‘Taz’ Hosts Successful Taz Roller Cup #1

The first Taz Roller Cup was held this past Saturday in Montreal.

The competition attracted skaters from Quebec and Ontario.

Jade Pauley showed excellent speed, winning all three races on the day, including the 300-meter time trial, 10km group race, and 500-meter sprint.

Photo by Leo Frusteri

Junior boys’ podium- Photo by Herb Gayle

Le Championnat VRL- Indoor Race In Montreal- December 19th

VRL Le Club is playing host to an indoor competition on December 19th.

Le Championnat VRL will be held at Laval’s Récréathèque, which is beside Montreal.

  • Hours– 8am to noon
  • Entry Fee– $5 (free for VRL members)
  • Location: 900 Boulevard Curé-Labelle, Laval, Quebec

Roller Speed & Arts Included In Pan American Games Programme

The following note is from Michael Chambers- President, Canadian Olympic Committee;

I write to inform you that the President of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO), Mario Vázquez Raña, at the recent PASO General Assembly in Guadalajara MEX, announced that all of our Pan American only sports will be on the programme of the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, that is:

  • Baseball
  • Bowling
  • Karate
  • Racquetball
  • Roller Sports
  • Rugby (recently added to the 2016 Olympic programme)
  • Softball (Women)
  • Squash
  • Water Skiing

Unfortunately, it appears unlikely that Men’s Softball will be placed on the Guadalajara programme.

For your information, it was also announced that the sport of Basque Pelota will be on the 2011 Pan American Games programme, however the sport of Basque Pelota does not have membership in the COC.

I would like to congratulate our Member Pan American NSFs on the confirmation of their inclusion in the sport programme of the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara.

Jordan Belchos Represents Canada In Long Track Speed Skating World Cup

Jordan Belchos has come and gone a long way since his roller speed skating competitive days.

Belchos, a former roller speed skating who represented Canada at the World Roller Speed Skating Championships and at the Pan American Championships,  participated in 2005’s ‘Own The Podium’. The program’s aim was to recruit top talented athletes from other sports into Olympic winter sports. The ultimate aim was for the athletes to stepping onto the podium at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Belchos was one of a number of inline/ roller speed skaters who were selected to be tested and trained. Ultimately, only a few skaters from the roller/ inline speed skating crop remained in the program, including Jordan Belchos, Andrew Godbout, Meaghan Buisson, and Dean Arndt.

Jordan Belchos has been representing Canada on the long track speed skating circuit for a few years now, including in World Cup competitions. This weekend, he competed in the Netherlands and last weekend in Germany.

[Results from Berlin World Cup] [Results from Netherlands World Cup]

Jordan Belchos skates his 5000-meter race in the World Cup #2 in Heerenveen, Netherlands- photo from DESGphoto

Toronto Wins Bid To Host 2015 Pan Am Games

TORONTO — After years of disappointments, Toronto has finally won a major international sporting event, beating two South American cities to host the 2015 Pan Am Games.

Read more here; Toronto wins bid to host 2015 Pan Am Games.

Mississauga’s Morgane Echardour (left) shares her reaction with the media, after news of the bid’s success was announced. Echardour along with Peter Doucet were on hand at the Hosting Decision Announcement event at Toronto’s Labatt House