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

Santa Family Skate

The Club is hosting a FREE skate for all its members & families to celebrate the holiday season. Please join us on Saturday, December 23 from 4:00 – 5:00 at the YK Arena for a fun skate, cookies, hot chocolate and a visit from the ‘Big Guy’ himself!

Dec Schedule & Jan Start Dates

Please be sure to view our December schedule and note the days we have NO ICE. Note: there is a Christmas Camp for the Competitive Skaters, December 27-29.

After a relaxing holiday season, skaters should be ready to skate again starting on Thursday, January 4 for SS2 and Comp, Saturday, January 6 and Sunday, January 7 for LTS/SS1, and Sunday, January 7 for SS3.

Need your Skates Sharpened?

Speed skates have a different type of blade than hockey or figure skates and therefore need to be sharpened in a special way. Skates should be sharpened before the season, at least once a month and before events/meets to enhance a skater’s ability and protection of our skates.

If you need your skates sharpened, contact our Skate Coordinator, Rob Bubar. He will advise on who to contact for sharpening. Alternatively, you can drop your skates off with one of the Sr. Competitive skaters during their Sunday ice time. The cost is $10.

AWG Call for Volunteers

The Arctic Winter Games is looking for volunteers to work the Speed Skating competition in Fort Smith, March 18-24, 2018. Race days will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

There is some housing available for out of town volunteers, but no travel or meal assistance can be offered at this time. They are looking for experienced volunteers that are willing to share accommodation. Preference will be given to volunteers that have training and experience with the roles of Ice Steward, Place Judge and Timing. Also preference for those that will work all four days of racing and assist with set up/take down.

Contact Jane Peterson at speedskating@awg2018.org if you would like to volunteer or have any questions.  Include in your email any roles you are interested in, what training you have and if you will require accommodation.