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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!

Congrats Skating ‘Athletes of the Year’!

A HUGE congratulations to two of our Club’s finest skaters who received recognition at NWT Sport North’s annual awards banquet. Wren Acorn captured the Youth Female category while Hannah Clark (skating at the University of Calgary) won the Mary Beth Miller Senior Female category for their excellence in sport.  Job well done ladies!

Reminder: Year-end BBQ & AGM!

The Club’s annual year-end BBQ, skater recognition and Annual General Meeting will be held at the Ski Club this Sunday on May 1st from 4:00-6:00pm.  All families are welcome!  Hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks will be provided.  Please bring a salad/side dish or dessert to share potluck style as well as your own dishes!

A slide show of this year’s skaters will play throughout the event and we’d like to capture everyone!  So please email photos you have by April 30th – apologies if we miss some skaters.