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The need for speed

By Len Kiese - bio | email

October 21, 2008

LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Speed will be the mission in Lee County this weekend.

The G-T Speed team spent Tuesday afternoon taking training laps around the Stardust 2 Skate Center. Inline speed skating teams from Georgia, Florida and Tennessee will be in town for a weekend competition.

GT Speed has skaters as young as 3.  Coaches say it takes skill and dedication.

"We start them out at whatever age they get ready to and just skate them, let them work on their technique and form, and just work on it. Some of them are in it for fun, some for competition," said Coach Brandon Kilpatrick.

The public is invited to come out and cheer on the skate teams and some pro-elite skaters who will be in town for a 100-lap shootout. The fun starts at 6 a.m. Sunday and lasts until 1:30 at Stardust.

At 11,  the public can also get free safety lessons from experts.  For more information, visit


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