“Howe Happenings” checks in with Timbits Saturdays

Written by Gordie Howe Sports Complex staff

December 9, 2021

Timbits Saturdays coach Danielle Bertoncini teaches pitching mechanics to a youngster. (Photo by Darren Steinke)

Speed skating a Veeman family tradition

It is hard to rate what the main feature is for the December content upload for the “Howe Happenings” blog is, because we believe both new posts are really good.

For December, the “Howe Happenings” blog has a main feature and a main feature 1A.

The main feature checks in on the Saskatchewan North Central Softball Academy’s Timbits Saturdays program. The Timbits Saturdays program offers softball instruction to children aged five to 10 in one-hour long sessions that are held Saturday mornings at the Indoor Training Centre.

The Timbits Saturdays program usually occupies most of the morning hours on Saturdays starting in October and running through February.

The program focuses on helping young players learn the basic skills of the game, and a lot of fun is had along the way. The atmosphere at these sessions is upbeat and positive, and the players take on everything with a tonne of energy.

A youngster takes part in a hitting drill during a Timbits Saturdays session. (Photo by Darren Steinke)

Main feature 1A tells the story of how the Veeman family got reintroduced and immersed in the sport of speed skating starting about nine years ago.

Chris Veeman, who is the father of the family, skated with the Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club growing up but left the sport in his high school years to pursue cycling. His oldest son, Luca, took up the sport about nine years ago at age seven, and Chris was pulled back into the sport too.

Luca became a high-level skater, and Chris came back to the sport as a coach, started taking part in long track skating competitions as a masters skater and stepped into the role as president of the Lions Speed Skating Club.

Now, a total of four Veeman family members including Chris and Luca have taken up the sport and are regulars at the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval.

You can find these items on the “Howe Happenings” blog at howehappenings306.blogspot.com.

New content will be released on the ninth day of each month. We hope you will enjoy the stories that make up the posts on the “Howe Happenings” blog.

Luca Veeman leads a pack at a Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club practice. (Photo by Darren Steinke)