The Toronto Inline Skating Club was extremely well represented at this past weekend’s Montreal 24 Hours Roller. The event, a team relay held the 4.2km Gilles Villeneuve Formula 1 track, attracted hundreds of skaters from Quebec, Ontario, and the U.S.A.
TISC entered two 10-skater teams, appropriately named Toronto Inline Skating Club #1 and Toronto Inline Skating Club #2. Every single skater was a member or guest of TISC! These home-grown teams met and exceeded expectations by finishing 2nd and 17th overall, completing 791km’s and 623km’s in the process!
Managing the teams was a challenging task. Even though only one team member gets to skate on the track at a time and eventually give a relay to a fresh and new member, a few volunteers had the difficult task of ensuring team members were ready and on deck when their turn came up. We would like to thank Bill Halushak, Sherry Tickner, Marco Frusteri, Brian Rudy, and Judy Penner for their effort, support, and encouragement!
This is the first year in TISC’s history that all TISC members skating in the Montreal 24 Hours are doing so within the TISC umbrella. This is a very promising signal for TISC’s future! There is definitely the possibility of registering 3 TISC teams for 2015! We have the depth, quality, and interest too!
The great thing about the two line-ups for 2014 was both teams were composed of a mix of experience and new, younger and older, and female and male skaters! O’Brian Campbell and Cynthia Head experienced this event for the first time. Both newcomers agreed this is an experience they’d like to enjoy next year.
A part of TISC’s success can be attributed to Georg Nikodym’s efforts with organizing out-of-practice training sessions at the “Max Ward” loop on weekends. Many skaters logged quality miles that helped with their speed and endurance at this year’s 24 hours. Also, Candy Wong offered an amazing meal plan at a very reasonable price, keeping team members well fed and energized.
Congratulations skaters- your efforts were amazing and your teamwork was top-notch.