them on the ice during our weekly Fall/Winter power skating lessons for Novice
to Bantam aged players - those players in assorted coloured club track
suits. Who are they? What are they doing out there? And why do we like them so much?
Men and Women are actually Quantum Speed clients involved in our Junior
Instructor Program. This informal volunteer
program began as a way to support and develop clients who expressed an interest
in giving back to their community and who demonstrated proficiency in the
execution of Quantum Speed's Technique + Power = Speed formula. Our affectionate reference to this group of
volunteers collectively as Green Men and Women originates from the fact that
a large number of our earliest participants were players with the South Side
Athletic Club (SSAC) who wore their distinctive SSAC Green tracksuits to differentiate
them from Quantum Speed instructional staff.
Most of our
Junior Instructors begin their participation at Bantam age (13-14 years old)
after they've completed at least one cycle of our signature Q3 Program. In addition to excelling in their technical
skating skills, they must have the support of their parents and coaches and must
demonstrate an affinity for working with children and a strong commitment to
academic achievement. The program gives
these talented and committed players a chance to give back to the community,
obtain volunteer hours for school credit, and test the waters to see if
coaching is really for them. It allows
us at Quantum Speed a chance to groom instructors from within, ensuring they
meet our standards of excellence, are experts in demonstrating and teaching the
skills, and are a good fit with our instructional team. In fact, our very own Vanessa was 14 when she
entered the Quantum Speed fold this way and look where she is now!
This year, we're
proud to have a wide variety of talented and committed Green Men and Women from
various age groups and playing levels participating in our Junior Instructor Program: Maiya Bentley, Amy Boucher, Erik Donald, Matthew Encarna, Jordan Encarna, Alexa McMillan, Zane Noruschat, Josh Paterson, Brock Rezansoff, Zack Rezansoff, Nicole Spinks, and Matthew Wedman.
Posted March 2014