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2018 Summer Camp

NWTSSA is holding their 2018 Speed Skate Camp on August 22 – 26 in Yellowknife. There is something for everyone this year including a new session for those who have never speedskated before but want to try it out. This is also the least expensive camp by far in Yellowknife! Register here!

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are a way for our skaters to raise funds for end-of-the-year reimbursement for out-of-town meets they attended that year. The following opportunities will go toward the 2018/19 race fund.

Co-op grocery bagging is Saturday, May 5. Heather will be looking for volunteers for the following shifts: 10-12, 12-2, 2-4. Email Heather to sign up please.

Spring Clean-up planned for the third week of May (date TBC). We will email more information when we have it!

Cleaning the shed this spring and need to get rid of those bottles? Consider donating your bottle refund to the YKSSC! Here’s how it works: bring in a maximum of 10 bags to the depot. Look on the side board for the YKSSC code (#4469334). Use their machine to print out labels with this code on it – one for each bag you have. Stick a label on each of the bags. Leave the rest to the Depot. Less work for you and we appreciate your donation!

Year-end BBQ & AGM

Our annual year-end BBQ and Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, April 29, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Ski Club. We will provide the hotdogs, hamburgers and drinks. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share, as well as your own plates, cups and cutlery.

Vacant Position for 2018/19 Season

At the AGM we will have elections for our 2018/19 Board. Karin has resigned as President/Chair of YKSSC (insert sad face here) so we are seeking a new leader. If anyone is interested in joining this amazing Board of volunteers (for any role), please let us know!

NWT Champs Ability Meet 2018

On March 9-11, 2018, the NWTASSA will host its annual territorial-wide meet in Yellowknife. This ability meet involves all ages and abilities of skaters. Please visit our NWT Champs Page for a 2018 NWT Champs Reg Form and more information.

Deadline to register is February 27, 2018. Submit completed registration forms to Myra Bowerman or Jody Pellissey in person or by email at ykspeedskating.regs@gmail.com

Rockets are free and all other divisions are $45 per skater. Payments can be made via cash, cheque (made to Yellowknife Speed Skating Club) or EMT to ykspeedskating.regs@gmail.com. Please use the password “yellowknife” and indicate the skater’s name.

Many officials and helpers are needed to put on this fun event. Please contact Martin Rourke at martinrourke@theedge.ca if you can volunteer as an official or meet helper. Positions include: timers, place judges, lap counters, runners, clerks of course, on-ice track stewards.

We need volunteers to help feed our meet volunteers! If you are able to make something, please contact Jody directly at jlsnortland@gmail.com or call her at 445-4774 and tell her what you can bring.

Again, this will be a screen-free event so please leave the electronics at home and get ready to cheer!! New to racing meets? Check out the Parent’s Guide to Races.

YKSSC is on Facebook

We have create a CLOSED (meaning you have to be a member to post on the page) Facebook Group page for easier internal communications amongst our membership. We have sent out email invitations to all of our members to join the page. If you did not receive one, follow this link and ask to join the YK Speed Skate Club page.

The page is intended to be a place for us to post YKSSC information and reminders, and for members to ask questions, post lost and found items or equipment for sale, suggestions for the Club, etc. If Facebook isn’t your thing, you can still email us!

It is not mandatory you join this Facebook page to stay up-to-date. All posts the YKSS Club puts on the page will still be sent out via email or the newsletter to your email address. And posted here on our website!

AWG Trials

AWG Trials for the Speed Skating NWT Team are happening Friday, January 19 (6:30 – 8:00 PM) and Saturday, January 20 (9:00 – 10:30 AM). Come out to Ed Jeske arena to watch some great races and cheer on our skaters!

Olympic SS Viewing Pizza Party

The speed skating competition of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics are scheduled to be held at the Gangneung Oval between February 10 and 24, 2018. Let’s get together and have an Olympic SS Viewing Pizza Party!

As we won’t be watching the events live (we would have to be up at some crazy hour of the morning!), we will compile some of the best races, order some pizza and have some fun together. We have tentatively set this party for the evening of Friday, February 23, so please save the date! More details and a location to come soon.

NWT Championships Meet

Mark your calendars for the NWT Champs Meet, scheduled for March 10 and 11 in Yellowknife. This meet is hosted by the NWTASSA and brings together all territorial clubs for an exciting two days of racing! Stay tuned for more details on volunteering and registration (not open yet, but will close February 25).

RU Fast – Upcoming Meet

RU Fast is a fun Meet taking place in Calgary on March 3 and 4, 2018. This Meet is suitable for all abilities and ages.

YKSSC out of town meet policy indicates skaters under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent. Skaters 10 and up and can travel with the team coach and chaperone.

If you might be interested in attending this meet, please email us by January 16. These plans are not written in stone, we are just trying to get a feel of who might want to attend this out of town meet.

Wren Acorn to complete at the Canadian Junior Short Track Championships

The 32 male and 32 female skaters, between 14 and 19 years of age inclusively, will aim for one of the four spots per gender available to represent the country at the 2018 World Junior Short Track Championships to be held March 2-4 in Tomaszow Mazoviecki, Poland. They will be chosen based on their overall results at the Canadian Junior Championships in the 500m, 1000m, 1500m and 1500m Super Final.

More info, including the full schedule and results, are available on Speed Skating Canada’s Website: www.speedskating.ca

Competitions will be webstreamed live through the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec’s YouTube Channel. Link is available at: http://www.speedskating.ca/events/st-canadian-junior-short-track-championships-saguenay-qc

Santa Family Skate

The Club is hosting a FREE skate for all its members & families to celebrate the holiday season. Please join us on Saturday, December 23 from 4:00 – 5:00 at the YK Arena for a fun skate, cookies, hot chocolate and a visit from the ‘Big Guy’ himself!

Dec Schedule & Jan Start Dates

Please be sure to view our December schedule and note the days we have NO ICE. Note: there is a Christmas Camp for the Competitive Skaters, December 27-29.

After a relaxing holiday season, skaters should be ready to skate again starting on Thursday, January 4 for SS2 and Comp, Saturday, January 6 and Sunday, January 7 for LTS/SS1, and Sunday, January 7 for SS3.

Need your Skates Sharpened?

Speed skates have a different type of blade than hockey or figure skates and therefore need to be sharpened in a special way. Skates should be sharpened before the season, at least once a month and before events/meets to enhance a skater’s ability and protection of our skates.

If you need your skates sharpened, contact our Skate Coordinator, Rob Bubar. He will advise on who to contact for sharpening. Alternatively, you can drop your skates off with one of the Sr. Competitive skaters during their Sunday ice time. The cost is $10.

AWG Call for Volunteers

The Arctic Winter Games is looking for volunteers to work the Speed Skating competition in Fort Smith, March 18-24, 2018. Race days will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

There is some housing available for out of town volunteers, but no travel or meal assistance can be offered at this time. They are looking for experienced volunteers that are willing to share accommodation. Preference will be given to volunteers that have training and experience with the roles of Ice Steward, Place Judge and Timing. Also preference for those that will work all four days of racing and assist with set up/take down.

Contact Jane Peterson at speedskating@awg2018.org if you would like to volunteer or have any questions.  Include in your email any roles you are interested in, what training you have and if you will require accommodation.

2017 Ability Meet

On Saturday, December 2, the Club will be hosting its first meet of the season for all ages and abilities of skaters. The Ability Meet Information Flyer and Registration Form can be found on our events page. You can fill out the registration form on your computer and email it to ykspeedskating@gmail.com or if you prefer you can print it out and give it to Jody, Myra or Karin. Deadline to register is Sunday, November 19.

The registration fee of $20 (Rockets are FREE!) can be sent via EMT to ykspeedskating@gmail.com. Please be sure to use the password “yellowknife” and indicate which skater your transfer is for. If you prefer, cash or cheque (make out to YKSSC) can be given to Jody, Myra or Karin.

Many volunteers are required to run this meet (set-up, timing, recording, lap-counting, water, runners, etc) so we need your help! Training and direction will be provided. If you are able to help, please email Martin. If you are interested in being the Food Coordinator, please email the Ability Meet Coordinator (Jody).

National Skate Day

Speed Skate Canada has designated Sunday, December 10 as National Skate Day! To celebrate this Canada 150 event, we will be holding a free public skate with games and other fun activities on the ice.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Sorry for the inconvenience.
We will reschedule this fun day in the near future.

Oktoberfest 2017

Wren OktoberfestWe wanted to highlight a great achievement from one of our Competitive Skaters, Wren Acorn, earlier this month in Calgary. Wren was in fine form both on and off the ice skating two rounds of 500≥m races and 1 round of 1500m. Competing with many western Canadian skaters, plus development team members from Japan and the US, made for some exciting races and great learning. Wren achieved a new personal best in the 500m race! Photo credit: Calgary Olympic Long Track coach Arno Hoogveld.

Debby Fisher Clinic

YKSSC will be hosting a skater/coach clinic in November (date TBC) where renowned coach Debby Fisher will be on ice for all group levels to help our coaches become better coaches and also to help our skaters become better skaters! There is no fee for the clinic and the skaters just need to attend their regular program times.

Parental Support

When parents bring skaters to the rink, it is important to please help put out the mats (depending on the level) to be as efficient as possible and to allow our skaters to maximize their ice time. We also request that parents (or a designated adult) stay to watch their skaters in case their child requires attention due to injury. The coaches cannot fully tend to injured skaters with other skaters present on the ice. And you’ll want to cheer on your skaters!

YKSS Club Suits

For the first time ever, YKSSC has ordered locally designed club suit to its skaters. Not only does this opportunity make our skaters look and feel good during practice, it also brings them together at tournaments away from home. A HUGE thank you to Alexandre for designing and spearheading the order with Apogée. Suits are expected to be here in early November.

YKSSC Suit

2017/18 Registration Now Open

We are back with a great season planned for our skaters! In order to streamline processes and reduce administration costs, YKSSC has eliminated the option of PayPal. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Step 1 – Register

The easiest way to register is with the online registration form. All skaters must be registered before getting on the ice.

Step 2 – Payment

After registering, you will need to forward payment. You can do this one of two ways:

  1. E-transfer the funds to ykspeedskating.regs@gmail.com. Please use the password “Yellowknife” in your transfer and please include the skaters name and program you registered for in the message.
  2. Cheque, payable to Yellowknife Speed Skating Club.
    • You can mail the cheque: Box 2664, Yellowknife, NT, X1A 2P9
    • You can email the registrar to make arrangements for hand-off ykspeedskating.regs@gmail.com

For registration questions, please contact Myra at ykspeedskating.regs@gmail.com.

Rental Skates

We have a variety of Club speed skates to rent in sizes to fit SSII skaters and up. We also have limited smaller sizes suitable for SSI although they are not required at this level. The rental fee is $125 for the season plus a damage deposit of $125 (to be returned at the end of the season).

We are very happy to announce that Rob Bubar will remain as our Skate Coordinator. Skaters who need to rent speed skates can try on and pick up rental skates on the following dates:

  • LAST DATE FOR SS1 RENTALS: Sunday September 24, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 7 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Monday, September 11 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Skates are rented from our locker room at the Multiplex (back room of the Ed Jeske ice surface). Please contact ykspeedskating@gmail.com if neither of these scheduled times work and you need to make other arrangements.

Safety Equipment is a Must!

A variety of safety equipment is required for each skater depending of their program level. A full equipment list for each program is listed on the individual program pages. For more information about appropriate safety equipment, visit Speed Skate Canada.

There are various places online you can purchase certified safety equipment. Visit our Equipment page for links and more information.

Closer to home, Overlander Sports in Yellowknife typically brings in a selection of certified helmets, safety glasses, cut-proof gloves and more at the start of the season for our skaters!

We also have a Used Equipment Swap Shop where you can find deals on various types of speedskating equipment from skates to skinsuits! If you have something to sell, let us know!

2017 NWT Championships a Success!

Many thanks to everyone who helped with last week-end’s territorial meet hosted by the NWTASSA here in YK.  Congrats to all the skaters from across the NWT who competed, achieved personal best times and most importantly, had a smile on their face!  Special thanks to 62 Degrees North for providing Emergency Medical Response services.  View the results of our speedy skaters!

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2017 NWT Championships March 11th -12th

On March 11th and 12th, the NWTASSA is hosting its annual territorial-wide meet here in YK for several NWT Clubs, Cambridge Bay, Iqaluit and Whitehorse, so come cheer these skaters on!  This 2-day meet involves all ages and abilities of skaters.

Please complete the registration form and return it and payment to your coach or Karin Clark (4805 Hershman Road). The deadline for registration forms is Sunday, February 26th.  

Many volunteers are required to run this meet (set-up, timing, recording, lap-counting, water, runners, etc) so we need YOU!!  Training and direction will be provided.  Please contact Martin Rourke if you can help.  Please contact the Club If you can help by bringing some muffins, cookies, fruit trays or crock pots (soup or chill). THANKS!

 

SSC Youth Development Fund

Speed Skating Canada (SSC) has created the Youth Development Fund to support the future of speed skating for kids across Canada. The Youth Development Fund, when mature, will support annual program budgets for clubs, membership, coach and officials development.  For more information please check out the SSC website.

NWT Championships Meet 

Mark your calendars for the next NWT skating meet scheduled for March 11 and 12 in Yellowknife.  This meet is hosted by the NWTASSA and brings together all territorial clubs for an exciting 2 days of racing! Stay tuned for more details on registration and volunteering.

Upcoming Meet – RU Fast

RU Fast is a fun meet taking place in Calgary on March 4-5th and suitable for all ages.  We are currently looking for a coach(es) and trip coordinator to help with the travel arrangements and skater support. Please send us an email if you are interested in either of these positions.  YKSSC out of town meet policy indicates skaters under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent.  Skaters 10 and up and can travel with the team coach and chaperone. If you are interested in sending your skater please talk to your coach.

Santa Skate!

Please join us for our annual Santa Skate on December 17th 4-5pm Ed Jeske rink.  We will have hot chocolate and other treats for the kids.  The big guy himself will also join us!

Upcoming Ability Meet – Registration Open – help needed!

On December 3rd, the Club will be hosting its first meet of the season so come cheer our skaters on! The Ability Meet involves all ages and abilities of skaters. Please complete the registration form and return to your coach or member of the Executive by Wednesday, November 16th.

Many volunteers are required to run this meet (set-up, timing, recording, lap-counting, water, runners, etc) so we need YOU!! Training and direction will be provided.  Please contact Martin Rourke if you can help. To help keep our wonderful volunteers, coaches and officials energized and happy throughout the day food is provided. Please contact the Club email If you can help by bringing some tasty food.

Reminder of Equipment Requirements

Proper equipment and attire is essential to ensuring the safety of our skaters on the ice.  And equipment needs change as skaters increase in skill level and speed. Please review the list of equipment requirements for your skaters group to ensure you are complient. If you find you need a particular item, a great place to order online is: I Love Speed Skating.   Please talk to your coach if you have any questions or concerns or send an email to the Club.

Oktoberfest Meet Congrats!

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A  HUGE congrats to Wren Acorn, Sophie Clark and Grace Clark from the YKSSC who traveled to Calgary to participate in the Oktoberfest speedskating meet at the Calgary Oval, October 14-16. Everyone achieved awesome results and made our Club PROUD! Further congratulations to Hannah Clark and Jackson Christie who are training at the Calgary Oval and representing the NWT.  WAY TO GO TEAM!

Debby Fisher Skater/Coach Clinic

The Club will be hosting a skater/coach clinic on October 27th – 30th where renowned coach Debby Fisher will be on ice for all group levels to help our coaches become better coaches and also to help our skaters become better skaters!  There is no fee for the clinic and the skaters just need to attend their regular program times.

Debby will also deliver a course for On-Ice Helpers Friday, October 28th 7 – 9pm and Saturday, October 29th 1 – 3pm.  This course is an entry level course on the sport of speed skating and how you can assist your skater and coach as an on-ice helper.  If you are a parent or friend interested in helping or just wanting more information on the sport please contact the club to register.