Thank You for Joining Us at the 2023 Richmond Rockets Oval Challenge

On behalf of our club, I would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who joined us at the 2023 Richmond Rockets Oval Challenge, formerly known as the V-Rrooom Challenge.

I would like to thank all athletes, families, officials and volunteers, without whom, this event would not have been possible.

With 170 registered and paid competitors, we have all had a hand in setting a new registration record for a single Olympic-sized ice, single-day, all age group, international speed skating Interclub competition.

The Richmond Rockets, Speed Skating BC and our gracious sponsors and partners: the Richmond Olympic Oval, the Austin Catering Company, Crewe’s Catering, AS Motion, Canada U Arts Academy, and Reach World Enterprise, I would like to thank everyone for their support.

I thank our skaters for helping to set a new attendance record and for skating so well during this, our signature competition, their families for supporting them, and our volunteers, officials, track stewards and ice crew for making this such a wonderful event for everyone and for showcasing our sport to the entire community.

Beyond the obvious health and activity benefits, sports can teach us much about life. It teaches us about individual responsibility and teamwork, it teaches us how to get along with others, it teaches us how to work together to achieve a common goal. It’s also about trust and responsibility and about dealing with success and disappointment.

I hope that you all are proud of your accomplishments and have a renewed sense of what is possible when we take our individual strengths and work together.

Thank you all for being part of our special day.

Alexander Teh
President, Richmond Rockets Speed Skating Club
Treasurer, Speed Skating British Columbia