Venezuela Backs Out As Host Nation For 2010 World Roller Speed Skating Championships

The 2010 World Roller Speed Skating Championships won’t be held in Venezuela. The host nation cited a number of organizational problems in declining to host the Championships in October.

According to sources, a new host nation will be announced within the next few weeks. Possible hosts include Chile, Taipei, and Germany. The dates should remain the same, with the competition taking place in late October 2010.

2010 Speed Calendar taking shape

Roller & inline speed skating events are starting to fill the calendar for the 2010 outdoor skating season;

  • TAZ Roller Cup #2 is set to take place on March14th. [Online registration] [Website with information]
  • Montreal’s Festival Roller, a 42km marathon, will take place on May 9th. You can expect 2010 Olympic Gold medalist skaters, such as Olivier Jean to compete in this event [Online registration]
  • The 24 Hour Roller- a very exciting 24-hour inline skating event that attracts thousands of wheeled skaters, will take place in Montreal on August 7th-8th [Website]

You can view the roller & inline speed skating event calendar.

Donora, Pennsylvania – Look out here comes Canada!!!

For the first time in recent history, both the Calgary Artistic Skate Club and Scooters Roller Skating Club will be participating in the 24th Annual Valley Invitational Championship in Donora, PA. to be held March 19th to the 21st.

This meet is the largest Invitational Competition in the United States and brings out some of the most talented skaters from across the country.

Both clubs have a lot of great upcoming talent. With the determination and positive attitude our Canadian skaters have; we know we will be proud of their efforts and accomplishments.

On behalf of all the Ontario Parents:

Ontario wishes the best and good luck to all the Canadian skaters. You have already made us so proud to be your parents and coaches. Now show them what you got!!!! Eh!!!

Roller Derby and Roller Figure Skating skate together!

On February 27, 2010, the Winnipeg Convention Centre was host to the first Roller Derby event in Manitoba in 30 years.

During half time, Roller Sports Canada dance skaters Connie Davis and William Thompson from Winnipeg were asked to do a demonstration. They did so to the tune of over 2200 cheering people, finishing up with a waltz to Bed of Roses by Bon Jovi!

It was a very special evening indeed.

The University of Manitoba Students’ Newspaper took the attached picture and used it as their cover for their newspaper The Manitoban.

Photo by Maria Bowler