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.