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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.

YKSSC in “Hockey News”

You may have glanced at the free copy of ‘The Minor Hockey News’ newspaper located at both arenas that highlights NWT hockey news as well as other amateur sports and community news.  If not, check out the center-spread that profiles our Club and many of its skaters!  Hardcopies will be available at the year-end BBQ/AGM.

Congrats ‘CanWest’ Skaters!!

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.

Way to go skaters!!


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Congrats to our ‘Champs’ at NWT Champs!

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!!

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Climbing Fun!

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!

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Interested in Supporting the Canada Winter Games?

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:


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:

1.       Thursday, January 28 from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. at Explorer Hotel
Breakfast and Presentation of CWG Task Group Report
Formal presentation followed by an Open House
Free to attend. RSVP requested.  / or 669.3424

2.       Thursday, January 28 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Explorer Hotel
Open House with CWG Committee
(no registration required)

3.       Saturday, January 30 from 9 – 11 a.m. at Multiplex
Open House with CWG Committee
(no registration required)

Members of the committee will be in attendance. Copies of the Task Group Report will be available. Poster boards summarizing the Report will also be displayed.

*In advance of the public sessions listed above, the CWG Working Committee would like to invite all media to a briefing on Wednesday, January 27 at 3:00 p.m. at Explorer Hotel*

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For more information: 
Nalini Naidoo, Director of Communications & Economic Development
City of Yellowknife

Edmonton Fall Classic Success!!

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!!!!

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Opening of YK Arena!

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 TIMES and LOCATIONS  for all programs will resume.  Thanks for everyone’s patience!