We were fortunate to catch the attention of Brendan Parker from Global News early in our venture. When Brendan agreed to document our story, we solicited friends and family to assist. We taped half of the interview at the OLD Fluid Power facility in Calgary, AB. OLD Fluid Power played a part in developing one of our prototypes. We also taped the demonstration of the trainer at the Don Hartman North East Sportsplex. We manged to get children from various Minor Hockey Associations in Calgary. Young skaters from McKnight, Mavericks, Airdrie Minor Hockey, Cochrane Minor Hockey, and Simons Valley. We also had members of the Airdrie Figure Skating Club. It was exciting to get all the representation to become celebrities in their own right!!
We were very pleased with the exposure of the story. Gaining thousands of shares on social media and airing on extra days and cities. Far beyond our expectations. We also learned the benefit we were suggesting to many parents that struggled with activities for their children with autism. Thank you everyone. Especially the creativity of Brendan!

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Company Brief

The Tornado’s Edge™ trainer gives physical support to skaters of all ages to strengthen confidence with controlled repetition learning (muscle memory). It allows young skaters to practice the difficult task of learning how crossovers are accomplished. More advanced skating edge techniques can also be refined with the support of the trainer. Applications of the device seem to expand all the time. When adults use the device, they benefit from the support because falling can be much more dangerous as age increases. Individuals with physical or visual disabilities can also expand their activity potential with the Tornado’s Edge™. The trainer is the brainchild of Derek Fortier and Gerard Beaulieu of Forsche Enterprises LTD. The product was developed and tested in minor hockey environments. Derek, who is a minor hockey coach, conceived of the idea when he was helping his sons with skating technique. Coaches and players alike get very excited when they see the trainer in action. The first question is “How do we get this in our practice?”. If you are interested in sponsoring a team with a trainer, please Contact Us.