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2019 Ability Meet

On Saturday, November 30, 2019 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 the Ability Meet page of our website. You can fill out the registration form on your computer and email it to ykspeedskating.reg@gmail.com or if you prefer you can print it out and give it to Jody or Myra. Deadline to register is Monday, November 18, 2019.

The registration fee of $20 (Rockets are FREE!) can be sent via EMT to ykspeedskating.regs@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 or Myra.

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 on Friday evening (November 29). If you are interested, please email Martin.

Thank you to Jana Dunn who is our Food Coordinator this year! If you can help us feed our volunteers on the Meet day, please send her an email.

As a fundraiser for the kids who travel to out-of-town meets, we will have a 50/50 Draw and Silent Auction during the Ability Meet. We have asked all skaters who travel to provide a new/used in good condition item for the Silent Auction. Please support their efforts and make some bids! If you are interested in contributing anything to this fundraiser, thank you very much and please let Martin know.

Bring-A-Friend and Open House

Interested in our club or have a friend who is interested in trying speed skating? Registered skaters will be invited to Bring-A-Friend to their regularly scheduled class and we will be inviting the general public to try out our club as well.

  • Bring-A-Friend Ages 8 – 12: September 22, 12:30 – 1:30 for SS2 and 1:30 – 2:30 for SS3
  • Bring-a-Friend Ages 6 – 8: October 19, 11:00 – 12:00 and October 20, 12:00 – 1:00
  • Open House Ages 8 – 12, Ed Jeske: September 22, 1:30 – 2:30
  • Open House Ages 6 – 8, YK Arena: October 19, 11:00 – 12:00

Interested in out-of-town meets this Season?

Coach Kerry will be holding an information meeting for parents with children in SSII, SSIII and Senior Comp who are interested travelling to out-of-town meets this season. This meeting will be held at Ed Jeske Arena, Sunday, September 29, 1:30 – 2:00pm.

A list of out-of-town meets will be provided at this meeting for you to consider. Other topics of discussion: we will ask who is interested in attending out-of-town meets and which ones, who might be interested in chaperoning and what those requirements are, and more. This is a great time to ask questions! If you can’t make the meeting and are interested in attending out-of-town meets this season, please talk to your coach and express your skater’s interest!

Fundraising helps to off-set the cost of out-of-town travel! If your skater is 10 or older, they can travel with the team to out-of-town meets. Throughout the year we will have fundraising opportunities for skaters and parents to participate in.

We have Co-op bagging dates already chosen! October 12, December 22 and April 11. All of these opportunities help off-set out-of-meet travel costs! More information will be provided soon to travelling skater families. To sign up for fundraising opportunities, please email Justin, our Fundraising Coordinator.

You can read more about YKSSC Out-of-Town Meets Policy and Operating Procedures on our website.

Speed Skate Rentals

We have a variety of Club speed skates to rent! Skates are typically for SSII and SSIII skaters. We are excited to announce we just received 10 brand new pairs of skates sized 35 to 40! 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).

Skaters who need to rent speed skates can try on and pick up rental skates before the season starts during the following times:

  • Wednesday, September 4 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 5 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, September 24 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 1 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. Greg Skauge will continue as our Skate Coordinator this year. Thanks Greg!

As noted in our Skate Rental Policy, renters take responsibility for the proper care, maintenance and safe handling of the skates and blades during the rental season. It is recommended skates are sharpened monthly or every 5 -10 practices depending on skater’s size, ability and care of the blades. Your skates can be sharpened by one of our older skaters. If you need contact information for one of the Competitive Skaters (they sharpen skates for $10!), please look on our Facebook page or contact us for more information.

Start Dates for all Programs

Please refer to our Schedule for more information.

  • Competitive – Tuesday, August 27
  • SSII – Thursday, September 12
  • SSIII – Tuesday, September 10
  • Adult Learn to Skate – Sunday, September 15
  • Special Olympics – Monday, September 19
  • Learn to Skate/SSI – October 5/6 weekend (TBC)

Please note September times are different than the regular season blocks. Please double check skate times this month!

Speed Skate Rentals

If you need skates for the camp, you can try on and pick up skates on Monday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 20 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm each night. Pick up dates and times for the regular season will be announced shortly!

Skates are typically for SSII and SSIII skaters. We are excited to announce we just received 10 brand new pairs of skates sized 35 to 40! We also have limited smaller sizes suitable for SSI although they are not required at this level.

Skates are rented from our locker room at the Multiplex (back room of the Ed Jeske ice surface). Please contact ykspeedskating@gmail.com if this scheduled time does not work and you need to make other arrangements (for the camp).

The cost of skates for the camp is $25. The rental fee for the season is $125 for the season plus a damage deposit of $125 (to be returned at the end of the season). If you are renting skates for NWTSSA camp, you can arrange to pay the additional fees and keep them for the year.

Greg Skauge will continue as our Skate Coordinator this year. Thanks Greg!

NWTSSA 2019 Camp

NWTSSA is holding their Speed Skate Camp, August 21 – 25, 2019. Camp involves five days of on-ice development and dry-land training under the supervision of expert guest coaches Kaylin Irvine and Jacob Graham.

If you need skates for the camp, the cost is $25. You can try on and pick up skates on Monday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 20 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm each night. Skates are rented from our locker room at the Multiplex (back room of the Ed Jeske ice surface). Please contact ykspeedskating@gmail.com if this scheduled time does not work and you need to make other arrangements.

Welcome to our 2019-20 Executive Members

President – Martin Rourke ykspeedskating@gmail.com
Vice President – Menzie McEachern
Secretary – Shelley Kapraelian
Treasurer – Jody Pellissey
Registrar – Myra Bowerman ykspeedskating.regs@gmail.com
Communications Coordinator – Johanna Tiemessen
Fundraising Coordinator – Justin Nelson ykspeedskating.volu@gmail.com

Supporting Positions:

Coach Coordinator – Kerry Egan
Travel Coordinator – Johanna Tiemessen
Skate Rental Coordinator – Greg and Carla Skauge