New Direction for RSC Speed After Montreal Meeting

A special meeting was held this past weekend (November 26th) in Montreal to address RSC Speed’s structure and future.

An ad-hoc committee with the specific mandate of developing a structure for speed was elected at this meeting. The new committee, which includes Stephane Charron, Simon Clement, Tyler Congdon, Peter Doucet, Jose Luis Munera, Scott Pauley will help lay the foundation for the betterment of roller & inline speed skating in Canada.

Minutes of the meeting will be available at a later date on the speed portion of this website.

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Une réunion spéciale a eu lieu ce week-end dernier (le 26 novembre) à Montréal pour discuter l’avenir et la structure de vitesse a RSC.

Un comité ad-hoc avec avec le mandat de développer la structure été élu lors de cette réunion. Le nouveau comité, qui comprend Stephane Charron, Simon Clement, Tyler Congdon, Peter Doucet, Jose Luis Munera, Scott Pauley aidera avec les bases pour l’amélioration du patinage vitesse roller et à roues alignées au Canada.

Les notes de la réunion seront disponible plus tard dans la section de vitesse de ce site.

From left/ de la gauche: Stéphane Charron, Scott Pauley, Peter Doucet, Jose Luis Menuera, Simon Clement, and Wayne Burrett

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Notice to All Roller Derby Clubs And Members

PLEASE NOTE: FFECTIVE WITH THE 2012 MEMBERSHIP SEASON:

All 2012 Roller Sports Canada Roller Derby members will be covered for insurance as in prior years, but the membership insurance will now include Travel Medical Insurance when travelling to the United States for sanctioned Roller Derby events/bouts. There will be no additional charge or extra cost involved. Also the Director’s and Officer’s Liability Insurance coverage will now be $2 million.

Please feel free to contact Wayne Burrett for further information.

Some biased thoughts from a figure skater on artistic roller skating

Canadian champion Kailah Macri competes at the Pan American Games. She placed 5th.‘- photo and caption from here

I’ve been a figure skater for 17 years, so when I learned that one of the sports competing at these Pan American Games was artistic roller skating — figure skating on wheels, I was told — I had to check it out.

(Apparently, Canadian and World champion Elvis Stojko was thinking the same thing. Stojko, who lives in a small village outside of Guadalajara, was in the stands today to watch the event.)

What can I say about this sport…

Athletically, it is impressive. But I can’t say I really understand why anyone living in a country with ice rinks would bother.

Read more: Some biased thoughts from a figure skater on artistic roller skating

The beauty of figure skating, minus the ice

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO—They look a lot like figure skaters. They’ve got the same sequined dresses, beige tights and slicked-back hair. And they perform many of the same technical elements — axels, Lutzes, camel spins.

But instead of a toe pick on their skates, there’s a rubber stopper; in the place of two blades, there are eight wheels; and in artistic roller skating, when a competitor falls down on a jump, she lands on concrete. Thud. There’s no ice to slide on.

Read more: The beauty of figure skating, minus the ice

More than sports at Pan Am Games

Artistic roller skating is one of the handful of medal sports unique to the Pan Am Games, but for a few hours in October, it seemed like the world’s most popular sport. The competitors had assembled on the outdoor surface – sort of a giant green tennis court – for a little practice a few days before their short program.

Kailah Macri, the 20-yearold from Whitby, Ont., was among the dozen or so skaters and was, like all of them, in full uniform. The uniforms were form fitting, often sequined, and entirely captivating for the dozen or so maintenance workers who chose that precise time of day to take an extended coffee break.

Read more here: More than sports at Pan Am Games