February 23, 2006
'Coach' proud of Pacers skater
HOLLY LAKE -- Ottawa Sun

When he's not on his feet teaching in a classroom, David Morrison's in speed skates on the ice.

Yesterday, he was on pins and needles waiting for word on a student from his past.

For five years he coached Kristina Groves with the Ottawa Pacers and has now witnessed her hit her stride.

The 29-year-old struck silver yesterday in the 1,500-metre event and her former coach couldn't be happier.

"It's really exciting that it's a skater from Ottawa," he said last night, just home from a practice. "I am proud. It makes me excited about the possibilities. And it's created a really nice buzz in the speed skating community around here."

Kids are excited to see a local girl do well and it makes them think that maybe one day they'll do it too.

"That gets me really pumped up and jazzed to go coaching," Morrison said.

He had a feeling earlier this week when Groves finished fifth in the 1,000-metre race, with the fastest finish lap, that something big was coming. In class at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School yesterday, with the suspense killing him, he flicked on the TV just as Groves was racing.

Morrison last coached Groves in 1995 when she won a gold and silver at the Canada Winter Games. It was Groves' hard work at the outdoor long track at Brewer Park that put her on the road to success.

"She's always enjoyed training," Morrison said. "She is the kind of skater you want in your training group. She has a positive attitude and she just really works hard."

The coach said Groves may not be done yet. He wouldn't be surprised if she comes through in tomorrow's 5,000-metre race.







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