Shown are kids competing at the Jan 9 speed skating meet organized by the Vanderhoof Clippers Speed Skating Club at the Vanderhoof Arena. (Photo - Clarke Action Photography)

Vanderhoof Clippers are working towards getting a booth rebuilt at the Arena

Terry Lazaruk, president of the club said they haven’t been able to host sanctioned meets due to the lack of a proper timing booth

The Vanderhoof Clippers Speed Skating Club is in the process of getting a booth rebuilt at the arena.

Terry Lazaruk, president of the club, presented to council at a regular public meeting on June 24 to request for council support in order to apply for grants and some funding to start work on the rebuild.

The Vanderhoof Arena doesn’t have a proper stand set up, so the club is unable to host sanctioned meets as they are unable to provide skaters with accurate times. The club is dependent on these meets for funding to operate the club.

Lazaruk told council that in the past meets, skaters of all levels would come to the District from Fort St. John, Prince George, Fort St. James, Williams Lake and Kamloops to compete. But due to the club’s inability to provide proper times, there are fewer skaters coming to Vanderhoof to compete.

READ MORE: Vanderhoof speed skater wins bronze in nationals

“This is a lost opportunity for Vanderhoof skaters to compete with others,” Lazaruk told council.

In an interview with the Vanderhoof Omineca Express, he said that Advanced Millwright Services Ltd. are supporting the club by paying for the timing booth, materials and labour.

As for the funding for platform engineering costs, the worst case scenario is that the club will cover the cost and if things work out, Lazaruk said they are hoping the costs are donated. “This is a work in progress still,” he said.

He said the club is trying to secure funding for the speed skating platform fabrication through grants.

The Clippers will be hosting their first meet this year at the end of November. Lazaruk said they may or may not be able to have the booth done by that time. “Worst case we will have it done for next year. We will face a set back if that happens, but it will still be done for next year,” he added.

The Vanderhoof Clippers Speed Skating Club started in 2004 as the Nechako Lakes Speed Skating Club. Currently the club is the one of the largest in the province with 136 members and 75 skaters.

The club has run coached sessions three days per week for the kids and have 5 trained and certified coaches with an additional four coaching assistants that the club is working on getting trained this fall.

Meanwhile, Lazaruk said he has had discussions with Ian Leslie, Fire Chief and Darren Dyck, building inspector for the District to ensure that their proposal for changes to a booth in the arena meet their expectations and conform to code requirements.

He said other ice user groups have also been consulted with and both figure skating and minor hockey have no concerns. People from minor hockey are viewing this as an opportunity to work together to make improvements to the Timing booth that would benefit all hockey groups, Lazaruk added.

The club is requesting some funding from council and a letter of support to apply for other grants.


Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

aman.parhar@ominecaexpress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Shown is the drawing presented to Vanderhoof council about the space the speed skating club want to use. (Presented by Terry Lazaruk)

Shown is the official placement for meets in the past. (Presented by Terry Lazaruk)

Just Posted

B.C. offers early retirement, training fund for forest workers

Communities eligible for $100,000 for permanent closures

Photo Gallery: Terry Fox Run in Vanderhoof

Residents run to support cancer research

Vanderhoof runners win big at racing event held in Prince George

Brian Nemethy wins the 14 km men’s race for the fourth time and Nolan McCleary secured gold in the 5 km run for the second time.

Forestry, internet, housing and Bill 52 are some discussions council will bring up at UBCM

The Union of BC Municipalities conference will be held in Vancouver from Sept 23 to Sept 29. Vanderhoof mayor and some members of council will be attending it

Vanderhoof Airport Development society wants an aerodrome on the Nechako River

Since the DOV decommissioned the municipal dock, VADS and the district have been in a never-ending feud

‘I shouldn’t have done it,’ Trudeau says of brownface photo

Trudeau says he also wore makeup while performing a version of a Harry Belafonte song

35 of 87 dogs in 2018 Williams Lake seizure were euthanized due to behavioural issues, BCSPCA confirm

The dogs did not respond to the behaviour modification and remained terrified of humans

B.C. ‘tent city’ disputes spark call for local government autonomy

UBCM backs Maple Ridge after province overrules city

B.C. drug dealers arrested after traffic stop near Banff turns into helicopter pursuit

Antonio Nolasco-Padia, 23, and Dina Anthony, 55, both well-known to Chilliwack law enforcement

B.C. MLA calls on province to restrict vaping as first related illness appears in Canada

Todd Stone, Liberal MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson, introduced an anti-vaping bill in April

Chilliwack woman wins right to medically assisted death after three-year court battle

Julia Lamb has been the lead plaintiff in a legal battle to ease restrictions on Canada’s assisted dying laws

B.C. bus crash survivor petitions feds to fix road where classmates died

UVic student’s petition well over halfway to 5k signature goal

Most Read