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   Mohawk College Hamilton, Ontario
   Sunday, June 01, 2003

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Tri-Cities' Beth Clarke leads Toronto Inline's Tatia Wallace and Shannon Hegarty and Ottawa Urban Inliners' Pascale Messier and Toronto Inline's Jacquie Raetsen during the Senior World Class Women's 10k points race.

The 2003 Roller Sports Ontario Outdoor Championships were slated to take place on May 31st and June 1st 2003 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Unfortunately, the first day was rained out which meant skaters competed in a modified race program on the 2nd day- which featured 3 races, of which two were sprints and one was a distance race. The overall champions for each category was determined using the 300 meter sprint and the distance race.

High winds affected the times and strategy that skaters used in their races. Each division was valiantly raced and skaters got some valuable experience on the track that will be used for the 2003 National Championships in late June. There were very few fouls and not many falls either as coaches, fans, and volunteers cheered on the skaters. The officials and volunteers as well as medical staff did a fabulous job at making sure the event was a success.

300 meter sprints

Not a single skater managed to break the 30 second barrier during the 300 meter sprints due to the high wind conditions on the back straight. Toronto Inline's Eric Gee skated a 30.01 sprint, the fastest time of the day, to win the Senior Men's World Class. Tasha Burnside (Tri Cities) skated the fastest female time of the day and won the Junior Women's World Class. Herb Gayle (Toronto Inline), skating in the Master Men's division, nearly beat Eric Gee's time, but just came short, with a time of 30.08. Beth Clarke skated the fastest time in the Senior Women's World Class race. In the Senior Men's World Class, a new team called CDN-PRO (members are Aaron Arndt, Derik Beier, Peter Doucet, and Eric Gee) took the top 4 spots in the 300 meter sprint.

CDN-PRO skater Eric Gee during his 300 meter time trial


Junior Men's World Class 10k points

Jordan Belchos, from Toronto Inline, had a dominating performance over his counterparts. Ryan Hegarty, Belchos' clubmate, was lapped by Tri Cities skater Jason Fischer, but in the last 7 laps, tried to unlap himself on the 300 meter track, but came short just about lap.

Junior Women's World Class 10k points

Tasha Burnside (Tri Cities) got some early points and looked poised to take the race from Toronto Inline's Lindsay Chard, but it was Lindsay Chard, 2km into the race who broke and lapped Burnside. Chard continued to push the pace and showed that she was the strongest skater in the race.

Senior Women's World Class 10k points

Tatia Wallace (Toronto Inline) came out roaring, taking many early points. Beth Clarke (Tri Cities) got involved in the points, challenging Wallace. Wallace's clubmate, Jacquie Raetsen also got some points, but it was Wallace who was setting the pace in the early going. Pascale Messier (Ottawa Urban Inliners) managed to keep the skaters in sight. In the last 10 laps (of 33), it was Beth Clarke who started to take over and managed to break with Messier, as Wallace fought some cramping pains. Beth Clarke ended up winning the race by collecting 42 points to Wallace's 40. Carolyn Gullo, from Buffalo, skated a strong race as well. After the race, Carolyn Gullo said 'I feel a lot better now that I have been skating with TISC on Tuesdays'. A great and exciting race to watch- which is proving the Canadian female skaters are rising up to skate faster and harder.

Senior Men's World Class 10k points

In the early goings of the race, it was the CDN-PRO skaters who set the pace and initiated the breakaways. Peter Doucet and Aaron Arndt, both from CDN-PRO were able to skate away from the field, fighting for some points, and sharing others in their breakaway. Benoit Joubert (Toronto Inline) and Stephane Tremblay (Ottawa Urban Inliners) battled for the 3rd place points in the second half of the race, and it was and elated Joubert who managed to take 3rd
place overall in the race. Joubert said 'I feel great about the 10k. I felt very strong and I am satisfied'.

Juvenile Boys and Girls 3k points
Emma Dunn dominated the girl's field (she was the only female skater) while Jordan Brainstein (Team Northern Roller Sports) was able to win the boy's category over Jeff Burnside and Austin Belchos. Dunn was able to race with the Juvenile Boys and was very competitive.

Novice Women's 5k points
Jennifer Morris (Toronto Inline) proved that she was the strongest skater in her category, lapping her competition including Inga Petri (Ottawa Urban Inliners).

Master Women's 10k points
Toronto Inline's Carla Raetsen skated a very strong race, lapping her competition, including clubmate Gillian Clarke and Ottawa Urban Inliners' Jan Riopelle. Jan Riopelle earned 2nd place. About her mental approach going into the 10k race, Raetsen said 'My mental approach was to beat last year's time, but I didn't. It was too windy'.

Master Men's 10k points

Herb Gayle (Toronto Inline), Morgan Williams (Toronto Inline), and Kevin St-Aubin (Tri Cities) got on an early break. Gayle and Williams managed to drop St-Aubin and then the two clubmates battles for the points. It was Gayle who set the pace in the first half, taking almost all the points over Williams, but Herb Gayle seemed to 'hit the
wall' and Williams broke from a tired Gayle and managed to earn enough points to tie Herb Gayle for the win. In a tie breaker based on finishing time, Morgan Williams was determined the winner.

Grand Master Men's 10k points
Ed Duncan (Toronto Inline) set a blistering pace from the gun, one which Len Porter (Tri Cities) tried to follow but just could not. Duncan never looked back.

500 and 1000 meter sprints

The 500 and 1000 meter sprints closed up the weekend. Jordan Belchos won the 500 meter Junior World Class race the same way he won the 10k points race. He dominated his competition. The Junior Women's World Class 500 meter sprint saw a reversal of roles from the 10k points race. It was Tasha Burnside who was the strongest skater in the race, coming across the line unchallenged. Lindsay Chard said 'It felt good in the 10k when I lapped who I
wanted to lap, but my 500 sucked- I cant' sprint'.  Jennifer Morris won her 1000 meter  novice women's race. Carla Raetsen continued her winning way, taking the Master Women's 1000 meter race. The Master men's 1000 meter race saw Morgan Williams get a big lead from the start but Herb Gayle pushed the pace as Kevin St-Aubin shouted 'Go Herb'. Gayle caught Williams and out sprinted him in the last 100 meters. The Grand Master Men's 1000 meter spring saw Ed Duncan and Len Porter battle out the race, with Duncan taking Porter in the sprint.

The 500 meter World Class men's race heats saw Andrew Hegarty (Toronto Inline) pull into the lead of his race and get a gap on CDN-PRO skaters Eric Gee and Derik Beier, but Hegarty fell and had to skate the B-Final. In the A- Final, Aaron Arndt and Eric Gee led out the race, but Peter Doucet snuck in and passed Eric Gee in last straight to get 2nd place. Beier placed 4th. The B-Final saw Andrew Hegarty slip out in the same spot he fell. Benoit Joubert
took the lead and won the final.

The World Class women closed off the competition with their finals. In the B-Final, it was Dominique Lalonde (Ottawa Urban Inliners) who passed Carolyn Gullo in the last 50 meters to take the win. The A-Final saw Beth Clarke and Shannon Hegarty (Toronto Inline) take the lead, but Tatia Wallace blasted out of the corner with 350
meters to go and went into the lead. Clarke tried to stay with Wallace and both skated down the last straight in a sprint. Wallace took the win, with Clarke coming in 2nd and Jacquie Raetsen taking 3rd. Raetsen said 'It's my first medal in seniors- I'm happy'. About her win in the A-Final, Tatia Wallace said 'At the beginning, I didn't have a
good start. I was behind and I was being blocked, but I waited until the corner, I did what my coaches told be to and blasted by the pack and took the lead'.

Novice Women
Overall/ Distance/ Sprint
1- Jennifer Morris
2- Inga Petri
3- Melanie Hunter

Juvenile Boys
Overall/ Distance/ Sprint
1- Jordan Brainstein
2- Jeff Burnside
3- Austin Belchos

Juvenie Girls
Overall/ Distance/ Sprint
1- Emma Dunn

Junior World Class Men
Overall/ Distance/ Sprint
1- Jordan Belchos
2- Jason Fischer
3- Ryan Hegarty

Junior World Class Women
Overall
1- Lindsay Chard
2- Tasha Burnside
3- Hui Chao Zhao

Distance

1- Lindsay Chard
2- Tasha Burnside
3- Hui Chao Zhao

Sprint
1- Tasha Burnside
2- Lindsay Chard
3- Hui Chao Zhao

Senior World Class Men
Overall
1- Peter Doucet
2- Aaron Arndt
3- Eric Gee

Distance
1- Peter Doucet
2- Aaron Arndt
3- Benoit Joubert

Sprint
1- Aaron Arndt
2- Eric Gee
3- Peter Doucet

Senior World Class Women
Overall
1- Beth Clarke
2- Tatia Wallace
3- Pascale Messier

Distance
1- Beth Clarke
2- Tatia Wallace
3- Pascale Messier

Sprint
1- Tatia Wallace
2- Beth Clarke
3- Jacquie Raetsen

Master Men
Overall
1- Herb Gayle
2- Morgan Williams
3- Kevin St-Aubin 


Distance
1- Morgan Williams
2- Herb Gayle
3- Kevin St-Aubin

Sprint

1- Herb Gayle
2- Kevin St-Aubin 
3- Morgan Williams


Master Women
Overall/ Distance/ Sprint
1- Carla Raetsen
2- Jan Riopelle
3- Gillian Clarke

Grand Master Men
Overall/ Distance/ Sprint
1- Ed Duncan
2- Len Porter
3- Bruce Desmond

©Peter Doucet and www.RaceReports.net

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