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2018 Summer Camp

NWTSSA is holding their 2018 Speed Skate Camp on August 22 – 26 in Yellowknife. There is something for everyone this year including a new session for those who have never speedskated before but want to try it out. This is also the least expensive camp by far in Yellowknife! Register here!

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are a way for our skaters to raise funds for end-of-the-year reimbursement for out-of-town meets they attended that year. The following opportunities will go toward the 2018/19 race fund.

Co-op grocery bagging is Saturday, May 5. Heather will be looking for volunteers for the following shifts: 10-12, 12-2, 2-4. Email Heather to sign up please.

Spring Clean-up planned for the third week of May (date TBC). We will email more information when we have it!

Cleaning the shed this spring and need to get rid of those bottles? Consider donating your bottle refund to the YKSSC! Here’s how it works: bring in a maximum of 10 bags to the depot. Look on the side board for the YKSSC code (#4469334). Use their machine to print out labels with this code on it – one for each bag you have. Stick a label on each of the bags. Leave the rest to the Depot. Less work for you and we appreciate your donation!

Year-end BBQ & AGM

Our annual year-end BBQ and Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, April 29, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Ski Club. We will provide the hotdogs, hamburgers and drinks. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share, as well as your own plates, cups and cutlery.

Vacant Position for 2018/19 Season

At the AGM we will have elections for our 2018/19 Board. Karin has resigned as President/Chair of YKSSC (insert sad face here) so we are seeking a new leader. If anyone is interested in joining this amazing Board of volunteers (for any role), please let us know!

NWT Champs Ability Meet 2018

On March 9-11, 2018, the NWTASSA will host its annual territorial-wide meet in Yellowknife. This ability meet involves all ages and abilities of skaters. Please visit our NWT Champs Page for a 2018 NWT Champs Reg Form and more information.

Deadline to register is February 27, 2018. Submit completed registration forms to Myra Bowerman or Jody Pellissey in person or by email at ykspeedskating.regs@gmail.com

Rockets are free and all other divisions are $45 per skater. Payments can be made via cash, cheque (made to Yellowknife Speed Skating Club) or EMT to ykspeedskating.regs@gmail.com. Please use the password “yellowknife” and indicate the skater’s name.

Many officials and helpers are needed to put on this fun event. Please contact Martin Rourke at martinrourke@theedge.ca if you can volunteer as an official or meet helper. Positions include: timers, place judges, lap counters, runners, clerks of course, on-ice track stewards.

We need volunteers to help feed our meet volunteers! If you are able to make something, please contact Jody directly at jlsnortland@gmail.com or call her at 445-4774 and tell her what you can bring.

Again, this will be a screen-free event so please leave the electronics at home and get ready to cheer!! New to racing meets? Check out the Parent’s Guide to Races.

YKSSC is on Facebook

We have create a CLOSED (meaning you have to be a member to post on the page) Facebook Group page for easier internal communications amongst our membership. We have sent out email invitations to all of our members to join the page. If you did not receive one, follow this link and ask to join the YK Speed Skate Club page.

The page is intended to be a place for us to post YKSSC information and reminders, and for members to ask questions, post lost and found items or equipment for sale, suggestions for the Club, etc. If Facebook isn’t your thing, you can still email us!

It is not mandatory you join this Facebook page to stay up-to-date. All posts the YKSS Club puts on the page will still be sent out via email or the newsletter to your email address. And posted here on our website!

AWG Trials

AWG Trials for the Speed Skating NWT Team are happening Friday, January 19 (6:30 – 8:00 PM) and Saturday, January 20 (9:00 – 10:30 AM). Come out to Ed Jeske arena to watch some great races and cheer on our skaters!

Olympic SS Viewing Pizza Party

The speed skating competition of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics are scheduled to be held at the Gangneung Oval between February 10 and 24, 2018. Let’s get together and have an Olympic SS Viewing Pizza Party!

As we won’t be watching the events live (we would have to be up at some crazy hour of the morning!), we will compile some of the best races, order some pizza and have some fun together. We have tentatively set this party for the evening of Friday, February 23, so please save the date! More details and a location to come soon.

NWT Championships Meet

Mark your calendars for the NWT Champs Meet, scheduled for March 10 and 11 in Yellowknife. This meet is hosted by the NWTASSA and brings together all territorial clubs for an exciting two days of racing! Stay tuned for more details on volunteering and registration (not open yet, but will close February 25).

RU Fast – Upcoming Meet

RU Fast is a fun Meet taking place in Calgary on March 3 and 4, 2018. This Meet is suitable for all abilities and ages.

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 might be interested in attending this meet, please email us by January 16. These plans are not written in stone, we are just trying to get a feel of who might want to attend this out of town meet.

Wren Acorn to complete at the Canadian Junior Short Track Championships

The 32 male and 32 female skaters, between 14 and 19 years of age inclusively, will aim for one of the four spots per gender available to represent the country at the 2018 World Junior Short Track Championships to be held March 2-4 in Tomaszow Mazoviecki, Poland. They will be chosen based on their overall results at the Canadian Junior Championships in the 500m, 1000m, 1500m and 1500m Super Final.

More info, including the full schedule and results, are available on Speed Skating Canada’s Website: www.speedskating.ca

Competitions will be webstreamed live through the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec’s YouTube Channel. Link is available at: http://www.speedskating.ca/events/st-canadian-junior-short-track-championships-saguenay-qc