Border Blades set ice on fire


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December 8, 2016 12:00 AM

Ninty-seven skaters took part in the 13th annual Fire on Ice speed skating competition in Lloydminster, featuring more than 60 members of the Lloydminster Border Blades, as well as skaters from Saskatoon, Edmonton and Prince Albert.
And while the Border Blades came away with some podium finishes last weekend, the focus, as always, is on personal best times, something the skaters can continue to beat at every competition.
“It’s always about the personal best times,” said Bill Stephens, meet coordinator. “The skaters are in divisions according to their rankings. The faster you get, the higher you go in the rankings, so you are never really at the top.”
The Border Blades numbers were a little down this year from years prior, but Stephens said he hopes to see that come up once the Husky outdoor oval long-track is open for the season, which also includes the new warm-up building that is currently in the process of being built.
The city is currently working on the oval right now and the Border Blades are hopeful to have it open before Christmas.
“(The numbers) are down just a little bit this year, a very little bit, but we are hoping to have some more membership join with the outdoor program starting on the oval,” said Stephens. “The city is working on the oval right now and we’re hopeful to have it open by Christmas.”

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