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:
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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:

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.
http://cwgpresentation.eventbrite.ca/  / communications@yellowknife.ca 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
920.5660
communications@yellowknife.ca
www.yellowknife.ca

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!

Upcoming Ability Meet – help needed!

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.

New to racing meets?  Check out the Parent’s Guide to Races.

 

Oktoberfest 2015

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!

Oktoberfest 2015

Top: Lauren & Cheryl Eggenberger
Mid:  Sophie, Karin & Hannah Clark
Bottom:  Michael Gilday & Grace Clark

 

Care of Rental Skates

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 nalini.naidoo@gmail.com  for sharpeners’ phone numbers. 

For more information on caring for skates:

Instructions for care of blades click here
Instructions for moulding skates click here

New Executive for 2015/16

Thank you to our hard-working volunteers!

Karin Clark – President
Martin Rourke – Vice President
Lisbeth van Blarikom – Secretary
Jody Pellissey – Treasurer
Myra Bowerman – Registrar                                                                                              Meredith Seabrook – Communications
Yolande Chapman – Fund Raising
Nalini Naidoo – Skate Coordinator

Thank you to Kate Thomson, Tammy Friesen and Shawn McCann for last year’s help!