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SkateLog Newsletter 2002-011
December 30, 2002

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SKATELOG NEWSLETTER - Issue 2002-011
From Skatelog.com - http://www.skatelog.com
Date: December 30, 2002

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NEWSLETTER CONTENTS:
  • New Calendar: 100 Skating Events in 2003
  • Photo of a Skating Team in Iran (Cool!)
  • A New Skating Track in Colombia
  • The "Roller World Cup" Has a New Name
  • Send a Postcard to a 92 Year Old Skater
  • Honolulu Skaters Extend a Warm Welcome
  • News from the International Federation
  • A Note From Kathie - I'm Off to Holland

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    MORE THAN 100 SKATING EVENTS IN 2003
    This weekend I added about 50 events to the
    2003 SkateLog Calendar at
    /events/calendar/.

    You can add your events to this calendar by sending email to kathie@skategrrl.com.


    PHOTO OF A SKATING TEAM IN IRAN (COOL!)
    Iranian skating coach Fariba Fathi was kind enough to share this wonderful photo of her artistic inline skating team. The team practices at the Molasadra Club Roller Rink in Tehran.

    A NEW SKATING TRACK IN CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA
    The Central American and Caribbean Games will be held in Cartagena Colombia in 2006, and to prepare for that event, the city of Cartagena is building an ultra-modern sports complex that will include a state-of-the-art patinódromo (skating track). Colombia is one of the strongest speed skating countries in the world, and they plan to build a track that will give the powerful skaters of Colombia a place to train and compete that will rival the best skating tracks in the world.



    A NEW NAME FOR THE ROLLER WORLD CUP
    The international speed skating series called the "Roller World Cup" is has a new Web site and a new name. Select "Calendar" from the menu at the top of the page to see a tentative schedule of 2003 events.

    WORLD INLINE CUP
    http://www.world-inline-cup.com


    SEND A POSTCARD TO A 92 YEAR OLD SKATER
    I received an overwhelming number of messages from people who wanted to know where they can write to 92 year old inline skater Allen MacDonald of Seal Beach California. Here are some photos if Allen:

    I will try to get permission from Allen to give out his postal address, but in the meantime you can send postcards and letters to Allen at this address:
    Allen MacDonald
    c/o Kathie Fry
    PO Box 12320
    Venice Beach
    California 90295 USA
    I will deliver mail to Allen at least once a week. It would be so great if he received postcards from skaters all over the world!


    HONOLULU SKATERS EXTEND A WARM WELCOME
    The skaters of Honolulu are hoping many non-Hawaiians will sign up for the Eddy Matzger Workshop they are organizing February 21-23. I will let you in on a secret: One of the organizers of the Great Es-Skate in Miami recently moved to Hawaii and he is working with Honolulu Skate Patroller Ginny Hench to plan many fun activities with the local skaters during the days following the workshop.

    Some of the activities visiting skaters can choose from: a skating tour of historic Honolulu, a North Shore BigWave/ShaveIce fun roll, a skaters-only Luau with Hawaiian food and swimming at Magic Island and (I hope) some Hawaiian dancing by Ginny's professional troupe.

    The local skaters have plenty of other ideas too, and everybody is welcome to join me on a Hawaiian Music Bar Crawl through Waikiki (I seldom drink alcohol but I *love* Hawaiian music and sometimes the tourist hotels are where the best musicians hang out). This will also be prime whale watching season, the surfing, swimming, and kayaking will be grand, and the weather in Hawaii is always balmy and warm...

    Please join us! You can sign up for the workshop on Eddy Matzger's Web site and if you have any questions about travel arrangements you can contact me at
    kathie@skategrrl.com. My suggestion for a hotel is to stay at the New Otani Hotel, or one of the other hotels on the far Diamond Head end of Waikiki Beach. Eddy Matzger's SkateCentral.com Web site:
    http://www.skatecentral.com/public/html/page20.html


    NEWS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION

    ANNOUNCING THE 2003 AND 2004 INLINE HOCKEY WORLDS
    http://www.rollersports.org/article.php?sid=916

    MORE NEWS FROM THE FEDERATION
    http://www.rollersports.org/


    A NOTE FROM KATHIE - I'M OFF TO HOLLAND
    On Wednesday I will fly to the Netherlands for the 2003 European Ice Speed Skating Championships in Heerenveen January 3-5, and I'll fly back home on Tuesday January 7. This will be my first big ice speed skating event and I am really looking forward to meeting all of those famous skaters and seeing them in action.

    Happy New Year Everybody!!!!

    I hope 2003 turns out to be as much fun as 2002, and I hope you will all come to visit me next year in Venice Beach, California (I'm waiting...)
    The SkateLog Newsletter is Produced by

    Kathie Fry, Editor of SkateLog.com
    Web Site -
    http://www.SkateLog.com
    Email - kathie@skategrrl.com
    PO Box 12320, Venice Beach CA 90295 USA


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