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Annapolis Valley Speed Skating Club to host two open houses

Five members of Team Nova Scotia were at the event, including Justin Noakes, one of the club’s first athletes. His mother, Dawn, founded the club alongside current president Stephen Raftery.
Members of the Annapolis Valley Speed Skating Club in action. The club is hosting two open house events at the end of September to give the public a taste of what they're about. FILE PHOTO
KENTVILLE, N.S. —

Many people are surprised to discover that the Valley has a speed skating club.

When that happens, club coach and president Steve Rafferty knows there is more work to be done to raise awareness.

Getting that awareness out there is the motivation behind the Annapolis Valley Speed Skating Club’s decision to open its doors to the public at the end of this month.

The club will be hosting two open-house events to show the public what they do and allow people to give the sport a try.

Rafferty regularly encounters Valley residents who don’t know the sport is available close to home.

 “The follow-up comment is then usually ‘Speed skating is always my favourite sport to watch during the Winter Olympics’ or ‘I wish they had this when I was younger.’”

Rafferty described the open house events as telling the public, “you can do that here.”

“Speed skating is not just something to cheer on every four years during the Olympics,” Rafferty said. “It is something that can be enjoyed in the Annapolis Valley.”

The open house events will take place Sept. 22, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentville Centennial Arena and Sept. 29, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Credit Union Centre in Kingston. An information/registration/skate fitting session is also scheduled for Sept. 23 at the Credit Union Centre, from 6 to 8 p.m.

To find out more about the club or the upcoming events, visit www.facebook.com/AnnapolisValleySCC or email valleyspeedskating@gmail.com.

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