Seven speedskaters from across the NWT put their best skate forward at the Canada Western Short Track Speedskating Championships in Edmonton, AB on March 19-20. Jack Coombs from Hay River, Dalton McLeod and Braeden Picek from Inuvik, and Wren Acorn, Allana Bowerman, Arjun Budgell and Lance Dizon from Yellowknife represented the NWT at this exciting event which brings together the best skaters in the Training to Train stage of development from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the territories of Yukon and Northwest Territories.
‘Canwest’ is intended to be the focal point of athlete preparation for skaters in the Training to Train stage of development and serves as the primary introduction to national competitions where skaters represent their regions in competition.
Personal best performances were achieved by all skaters, and their effort, enthusiasm and sportsmanship was recognized by our team being awarded the competition Spirit Award.
Of particular note, Wren Acorn of the YKSSC skated her way to the overall championship for the 12 year old girls division. With gold medals in all four distances, Wren has proven herself a versatile racer in both sprint and longer distances.
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 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 and to Michael Gilday for helping throughout the meet and loaning his skinsuits for kids to wear during the weekend. Congrats to our door prize winners of skating jackets and backpack: Sage (YK), Nykesha (Kugluktuk) and Emelie (YK)!
Check out the results of our fast skaters! Our Club and community sure know how to come together to make skating meets a great success – thanks again!!
Thanks to Coach Kerry for organizing a fun afternoon at the YK Climbing Club on February 21st for SS2 and SS3 skaters when the ice was not available. Not only are these skaters fast, but they can climb like monkeys too!
Our City Council has not yet decided about possibly hosting the Canada Winter Games. Our Club encourages you to let your voice be heard if you’re interested in supporting the Games. There are several public events this week to find out more information and show your support! Please see the below press release from the City:
CANADA WINTER GAMES WORKING COMMITTEE PUBLC PRESENTATION & OPEN HOUSES YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES | JANUARY 18, 2016
The Canada Winter Games (CWG) Working Committee extends an invitation to the public and media to discuss the Working Committee Report. The CWG Working Committee was established by Yellowknife City Council in February, 2015. The Committee has a mandate to review all pertinent information and reports generated from past Games; identify key strengths; areas of concerns and solutions; host community meetings to disseminate information and provide Council with a synopsis of the Committee’s findings. All feedback will be included in the report to Yellowknife City Council in February.
Please join the Canada Winter Games Committee at one or more of our public events:
A total of 16 skaters from 6 years of age to … well the Master’s level …. represented the YKSSC at this years Edmonton Fall Classic and T2T Single Distance Championship. All of the skaters represented Yellowknife well with super effort and great sportsmanship. On top of that, each skater walked away with multiple PB’s!! Great Job Skaters!!!!
Great news! City staff have informed us that the YK Arena renovations are nearing completion and ON TIME! Starting Tuesday, November 17th, all REGULAR scheduled skating TIMESand LOCATIONS for all programs will resume. Thanks for everyone’s patience!
On December 5th, 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: our youngest skaters (under age 6 as of June 30th, 2015) are free and skate only during the lunch hour in the “Rocket’ category. The fee for all other skaters is $15 and will have races throughout the day.
Please complete the registration form and if your skater is in SS2, SS3 or Competitive groups, return the form and payment to Karin Clark, Myra Bowerman or Liesbeth van Blarikom (Executive members) who are generally at the rink during class times. Skaters in LTS and SS1 should submit their registration form and payment (Rocket category is free!) to Coaches Alex or Tasha. The deadline for registration forms (and payment) is November 22nd.
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 Liesbeth If you can help by bringing some tasty food.
Congrats to YKSSC skaters who participated at the Oktoberfest meet in Calgary October 17-18! Lauren Eggenberger, Alex Robertson and Jackson Christie qualified for the National Qualifier meet in Richmond BC next month and obtained Personal Best times. Grace Clark also achieved a PB! A special thank you and recognition to our Club’s own Robin Greig who was head referee at the meet! Well done everyone…and look who took in some of the action…..Michael Gilday!
Speed skates have a different type of blade than hockey or figure skates and therefore need to be sharpened in a special way. To enable the sharpening of our club skates to enhance skaters’ abilities, skates should be sharpened before the season, at least once a month and before events/meets.
Skaters from the Competitive group provide sharpening for a cost of $10. Please contact Nalini Naidoo at email@example.com for sharpeners’ phone numbers.