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This is the 2nd Home Track Alex Built
I live in southwestern Ontario the town of Harriston. We have 18 acres on a bush lot. Most of my neighbours still drive horses and buggies. This is actually the second track we have built. The first track was quite narrow and not symetrical. It did serve to host the 2000 Nationals and a great clinic hosted by Robb Dunn and Jay Ingram. Building the Track
This track took over 500 loads of gravel to build up the banks and level everything. It is now truly a CIC bank track. In Belgium I was asked many times why a place like Canada has never hosted Worlds. With my plan to build the track in my mind, the thought of Worlds fueled the fire. During the process I had to learn many new skills, from lumberjack to surveyer to general conractor. This saved me a small fortune. It was a tremendous amount of work but never the less a labour of love.

I had no idea what bank track skating was all about until I ran into Jan Porter in 1998 at a coaches convention in Las Vegas. She invited me out to Colorado to the OTC to work with a group of US coaches (including my buddy Linda Wood). It was great, I was hooked and have made the trip on several other occasions since as well as coaching and refereeing at the Brian Picholo facility in Florida. I wanted to put a total package together for clubs and skaters and this is what is presently going on. We built a fitness facility with a good compliment of comercial strength and cardio machines and most recently a spinning studio for classes of 12.

Future Plans
What's my plans for the future? There is already room for lots of camping but I am trying to purchase two good size cottages and have dorms. A few other minor plans would be a beach volleyball court and an obstacle coarse c/w LOTS of mud. It will be open to skaters from around the world to come skate, enjoy the fresh air and have a blast. The reason it has taken me so long to build everything is the fact all the funding has been out of pocket. I had a nice letter from the Canadian Olympic Association bet no financing.

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