The top 64 junior short track speed skaters in Canada will be in action this weekend, December 15-17, at Saguenay’s Centre Georges-Vézina for Speed Skating Canada’s 2017 Canadian Junior 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
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!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
The skater/coach clinic with Debby Fisher has been rescheduled to January (date TBD). There is no fee for the clinic and the skaters will just need to attend their regular program times. More information to come in the New Year.
YKSSC had a great showing at the Edmonton Fall Classic in November. Personal bests were made by all and metals were received by many of our skaters. Our kids also looked great in their new YKSSC Suits! Way to go Team!
Welcome to a new season! Currently we have 114 skaters registered for this year and all programs are off to a great start. Registration is open until November 15 if you know of anyone that still wants to join. Many thanks to our Registrar, Myra Bowerman and Treasurer, Jody Pellissey for ensuring complete registrations.
On Saturday, December 2, the Club will be hosting its first meet of the season for all ages and abilities of skaters. The Ability Meet Information Flyer and Registration Form can be found on our events page. You can fill out the registration form on your computer and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or if you prefer you can print it out and give it to Jody, Myra or Karin. Deadline to register is Sunday, November 19.
The registration fee of $20 (Rockets are FREE!) can be sent via EMT to email@example.com. Please be sure to use the password “yellowknife” and indicate which skater your transfer is for. If you prefer, cash or cheque (make out to YKSSC) can be given to Jody, Myra or Karin.
Many volunteers are required to run this meet (set-up, timing, recording, lap-counting, water, runners, etc) so we need your help! Training and direction will be provided. If you are able to help, please email Martin. If you are interested in being the Food Coordinator, please email the Ability Meet Coordinator (Jody).