Our Condolences to the Ness Family
We are heartbroken that Don Ness passed way on March 4, 2015 from cancer at the age of 75. Don was a pillar of inspiration, joy and happiness to our club. He believed his work wasn’t done until he made every child smile, and we know of no child he met who didn’t eventually smile. Indeed, Don had a way of making everyone happy when he entered the room. For those who faced him on the ice at the starting line, we learned to respect his “That first block is mine!” command. It was that focused determination and passion for skating that led him to become a National Medalist in Short Track Speedskating.
For years, Don traveled every week, come rain, snow or shine, over 100 miles from Bear Valley Springs near Tehachapi, to help out and train with us in Valencia and Oxnard under the coaching skills of National Team member Tracy Northup, and then later in Simi Valley and Valencia under the guidance of our 4x National Master Champion, Ken Mastrianna. It was during Ken’s tenure in 2011-2012 that Don first won the California State Championships for his age group. He went on that season to earn four bronze medals at the 2010-2011 National Championships in Wisconsin, assisting in propelling our club to an overall 5th place finish. Don returned, while in a latent stage of his cancer, to repeat as State Champion during the 2013-2014 season. The courage Don showed during this last season of his will always be an inspiration to and guidance for all of us to never give up, no how big the obstacles confronting any of us may be.
We have all been blessed by Don. He taught us what it meant to give generously from the heart and he showed us the way to truly embrace and love life to its fullest. We were so lucky to have had Don as part of our speed skating family for the past twelve years, and we will dearly miss him.
Don's funeral was held in El Monte, California on Thursday March 12, 2015, across the street from the police station where he worked for 30 years. He his survived by his loving wife Jean and his three wonderful daughters. Melissa, Marianne and Margorie. Jean may be reached by mail at: 23280 San Juan Drive, Tehachapi, CA 93561.
March 1, 2015 - The Southern California Championships
Congratulations to Leo Sun, Saryn Kwon and Matthias Nguyen
Our new 2015 Southern California Meet Champions!
February 15, 2015 - The California State Championships
Congratulations to Tessa Poulet and Jacob Han
Our new 2015 California State Champions!
Jacqueline Chen, for the fourth year in a row, has been named to the
US World Junior Team!
Jacqueline competed in the World Junior Championships in Osaka, Japan
She led the US Relay Team into the B Final, doing us all proud
Also, be sure to check out Coach Sarah's update from Dartmouth College on the USS website
2015 Winter Training Schedule at the Ice Station Valencia
Every Tuesday from 6:25 pm to 7:30 pm
Every Thursday from 5:55 pm to 7:30 pm