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2015-2016 Competition Schedule
It's finally here folks- this years compeititon calendar!
CAMP DEADLINE EXTENSION
The deadlilne to register for the 2015 NWTASSA Summer Training Camp has been extended to July 10th. See below to get your registration from in today!
2015 Summer Camp
The annual NWTASSA Summer Training Camp will take place from August 19-23, 2015 in Yellowknife. All skaters ages 9 (by September 30, 2015) and up are eligible to take part. This camp is a great fitness kickstart to the season and AXG 2016 athlete hopefuls are especially encouraged to attend.
There will be $5000 from NWTASSA to go toward travel assistance for skaters coming to summer camp which will be distributed after camp according to our travel assistance formula.
Short Trackers Haul in the Hardware!
NWT's six member speed skating team did the territory proud as they competed their hearts out during the Canada West Short Track Championships in Selkirk, Manitoba March 21-2.
Board Positions Available
The NWTASSA is looknig for two self motivated indivdiuals to take over the board positions of Secretary and President this coming May, 2015. Follow the link below to read more about the positions. Any inquires can be directed to Kelsie Pagacz at email@example.com
Coaching Canada Website Links
Follow the link below if you are a registered coach with the Coaching Associatin of Canada, and would like to check your status, update your profile, or login for various online learning opportunities. If you don't have have a Coaching Canada number already, you can sign up for one today by also clicking on the link:
NWT Short Track Skaters Represent at National Events
Hannah Clark of the Yellowknife Speed Skating Club competed at the National Team Selections 2 held at the Olympic Oval in Calgary earlier this month. And six of NWT's short trackers are headed to the Canada West Championships in Selkirk, Manitoba March 19-23.
NWT Champs a Success
Another NWT Champs has wrapped up. With skaters from Hay River, Inuvik, Norman Wells, Fort Simpson and Cambridge Bay attending the competition, it was a great weekend had by all!
This March 6-7 Sport North is hosting two information sessions on concussion prevention and management. Follow the link below to get more information.
NWTASSA Alumni to Compete at CWG
Two former members of NWTASSA and the Yellowknife Speed Skating Club have been named to their respective provincial Canada Winter Games Short Track teams.
Canada Winter Games Team Announced
Seven skaters will travel to Prince George to represent the NWT during the 2015 CWG this Feb. 13-21.
NWTASSA Welcomes New Sport Director
Canada West Athlete/Coach Selection Criteria
Please see the attached skater selection criteria for this season's Can West Championships which will be held in Selkirk, Manitoba March 21-22, 2015. This is a national event for Train 2 Train (T2T) skaters. If you are interested in pursuing a spot on Team NWT for this event, please let your coach know immediately. For more information contact Pam Dunbar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hannah Clark Receives Oval Bursary
Yellowknife's Hannah Clark was the recipient of the Olympic Oval Bursary for the 2014-2015 season. Congratulations Hannah!
Arctic X Games a Go!
The NWTASSA is pleased to learn that Whitehorse has agreed to host the 2016 Arctic X Games. The announcement was made in the NWT Legislative Assembly last week by Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Robert C McLeod.
NWT Speed Skating Camp Ice Bucket Challenge
Participants in the NWT Speed Skating Summer Training Camp took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on their last day of camp raising $635 for ALS Research.
Canada Winter Games Short Track Team Manager
The NWTASSA is pleased to announce Cheryl Eggenberger as the 2015 Canada Winter Games Team Manager.
2014 Annual General Meeting Minutes
The annual general meeting took place on May 8th in Yellowknife and by teleconference. Click the link below to see the minutes.
Summer Camp 2014
The annual NWTASSA Summer Training Camp will take place from August 20-24, 2014 in Yellowknife. All skaters ages 9 (by September 30, 2014) and up are eligible to take part. This camp is a great fitness kickstart to the season and Canada Games 2015 athlete hopefuls are especially encouraged to attend.
2014 Annual General Meeting
The NWTASSA 2014 Annual General Meeting will be held on May 8th at the Sport North Boardroom in Yellowknife and by conference call. It will start at 7:15. Members are encouraged to attend. To view the agenda, and last year's meeting minutes, please click the links below.
Podium Finishes at CanWest
Jackson Christie of Inuvik and Daphne Cloutier of Yellowknife stepped onto the podium at the Canada West Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Lethbridge, Alberta this weekend.
NWT Championships 2014
80 skaters from five communities were in Yellowknife over the weekend competing in the 2014 NWT Speed Skating Championships. Athletes from Hay River, Fort Simpson, Norman Wells, Inuvik and Yellowknife took part in the annual competition.
A Weekend of Personal Bests
Four skaters from Yellowknife took part in the Winterfest Short Track Speed Skating meet in Calgary over the weekend. Lauren Eggenberger and Austin Miller joined teammates Hannah Clark and Simon Austin, who both live and train in Calgary to represent Yellowknife.
Tribute to Doug McLeod
It is with great sadness that the NWTASSA received the news today of the death of Inuvik speed skating coach, Doug McLeod.
2014 Arctic Winter Games Team Chosen
January 26th, 2014 (Yellowknife)
Speed skaters from Inuvik, Hay River, Fort Simpson, Fort Smith and Yellowknife were hard at work over the weekend competing for spots on the coveted 2014 Arctic Winter Games Team.
The teams arrived into Yellowknife on Thursday, January 24th and got used to the Multiplex Ice during a practice lead by senior NWT speed skater Madison Pilling. Madison taught them new drills and shared technical pointers that she has been learning from training and going to school in British Colombia.
The juvenile boys category had seven skaters all vying for just four spots on the team. Jackson Christie of Inuvik was very strong, winning all four distances with Flynn Perry also of Inuvik as a solid second. Braeden Picek of Inuvik and Brandon Adams of Yellowknife round out the four person team.
The junior girls category had eight skaters intially, however two dropped out prior to competition due to illness and injury. The category remained tight none the less, with Lauren Eggenberger coming out on top. The competition was very tight for the remaining three spots as Kristin Chapman, Ali Fleming, Hanna Lowing, Kirianne Ashley and Monique Chapman, all of Yellowknife, battled it out. In the end, Kristin, Ali and Hanna were successful and will round out the four person team.
In the junior male and juvenile female categories, the teams were acclaimed, with only four athletes competing for each team. In order to gain experience however, these athletes still raced throughout the weekend and practiced relays at the end with the other teams.
The coaches for the Arctic Winter Games coaches are Val Gendron of Fort Simpson and Shane Clark of Yellowknife.
A big thanks must be extended to all the volunteers who made the NWT Championships a great success and to Sport North for assuring all athletes arrived on time. The NWTASSA and Arctic Winter Games Team would also like to extend our thanks to the Yellowknife Downtown Liqour Store for their generous contribution to a portion of the Arctic Winter Games uniforms.
The NWTASSA is excited for this team to continue our tradition of excellence at the Arctic Winter Games!
Daphne Cloutier - Yellowknife
Grace Clark - Yellowknife
Tori Blake - Hay River
Sophie Clark – Yellowknife
Jackson Christie – Inuvik
Flynn Perry – Inuvik
Braiden Picek – Inuvik
Brandon Adams – Yellowknife
Alternate: Jesse Karp – Hay River
Lauren Eggenberger – Yellowknife
Kristin Chapman – Yellowknife
Ali Fleming - Yellowknife
Hanna Lowing – Yellowknife
Alternate: Kirianne Ashley - Yellowknife
Dominique Bennett – Yellowknife
Alexander Robertson – Inuvik
Austin Miller – Yellowknife
James Thomas – Yellowknife
Val Gendron – Fort Simpson
Shane Clark - Yellowknife
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Austin Excels at Canadian Junior Championships
January 21st (Montreal, QC)
Yellowknife Speed Skating Alumni, Simon Austin competed in the Canadian Junior Short Track Championships in Montreal this past weekend. The Canadian Junior Championships are held each year to determin who among the top 32 Juniors in the country will represent Canada at the World Junior Championships. This year World Juniors will be held in Turkey.
This is Simon's first year competing in this competition, as last year he was seed in the first alternate position. Traditionally strong in the 500m, Simon was true to form, posting his best result of the competition, 17th. In the longer races, the 1000m and 1500m, Simon placed 25th overall.
Simon presently lives in Calgary where he trains in Speed Skating Canada's Olympic Oval Program.
Yellowknife Ability Meet Celebrates 35 Years of Speed Skating
The Multiplex was full of festive, excited energy over the weekend as the Yellowknife Speed Skating Club celebrated 35 years of speed skating at their annual ability meet. The club has been collecting stories from people involved over the years, and celebrated with a cake and cupcakes made by YK club alumni Aimee Yurris.
There were 56 skaters and 7 rockets from Yellowknife and Hay River who raced on Saturday and many personal bests were achieved. In an ability meet, skaters of all ages race together against other skaters of similar abilities which makes for exciting racing for everyone.
One standout was Daphne Cloutier. This 13 year old has been working hard this season and it paid off when she achieved her Canada Winter Games 2015 qualifying times. This means that she is now eligible to train with the 2015 Canada Winter Games training squad and will be considered during team selections. There are 19 girls who qualify by age for the Canada Games, but the team will be selected only from girls who have achieved the qualifying times.
Wren Acorn from Yellowknife also had a great weekend. Only 10, Wren kept winning races and moving up to skate against older athletes. While still too young for the Arctic Winter Games, Wren will keep working towards the NWT Championships in March.
At the end of the competition, there was some extra ice time left over and all of the kids did laps for Skate to Sochi. Jesse Karp from Hay river did upwards of 75 laps, that’s over 8 kilometres of skating, all after a full day of racing! And 10 year old Olivia Talen used her focus and work ethic to slap down over 50 laps. In total over the weekend Ability Meet participants did 3,575 laps - that’s 397 kilometres all dedicated to skating from Yellowknife to Sochi in time for the Olympic Games.
For more information contact Jill Gilday, NWTASSA Sport Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yellowknife Speed Skating Club Featured on CBC North
This year, the Yellowknife Speed Skating Club is celebrating it's 35th Anniversary. CBC did a story to honour the occasion.
Announcing the Arctic Winter Games 2014 Coaches!
The Northwest Territories Amateur Speed Skating Association is pleased to announce their coaches for the Arctic Winter Games to take place in Fairbanks, AK in March, 2014. Val Gendron, from Fort Simpson, and Shane Clark, from Yellowknife form the coaching team.
Val brings years of experience with youth sports in Fort Simpson and was the recipient of the Delma Kisoun Memorial Community Coordinator Award in 2013. She has been the head coach of the Fort Simpson Speed Skating Club for the past 15 years.
Shane is the head coach of the Yellowknife Speed Skating Club and has several Arctic Winter Games and one Canada Winter Games under his belt. He was the recipient of Sport North’s Coach of the Year Award in 2011.
The AWG Speed Skating Territorial Trials will be held in Yellowknife on January 24th and 25th, 2014. NWTASSA is anticipating a strong team consisting of speed skaters from several NWT communities.
For more information, please contact NWT Speed Skating Sport Director at email@example.com
Inuvik Speed Skaters Looking Strong
The Inuvik Speed Skating Club is working hard toward the Arctic Winter Games Territorial Trials in January hoping to place several skaters on Team NWT. NWTASSA coach David Gilday was in Inuvik from November 14-17 running a training and technique camp, which was a huge success.
Club coordinator Theresa Ross secured extra ice time while David was in town in order to maximize her athletes’ training time. The kids were on the ice six times over the course of the four days and made major progress on the technical side of things. They also pushed through fatigue from the extra training – something that will help them when it comes to the day-after-day competition at the Arctic Winter Games.
According to David, the Inuvik Club has several promising skaters who will definitely challenge the other communities during the Territorial Trials. He is excited that the work of coaches Paul MacDonald and Theresa Ross will pay off in January. “Theresa and Paul are doing a terrific job with the program in Inuvik. The kids are looking stronger and more technically proficient each time I see them”.
In December, similar development camps will be held in Norman Wells and Fort Simpson while the Hay River Speed Skating Club has already held their camp.
For more information, contact Jill Gilday, Sport Director, NWTASSA firstname.lastname@example.org
Yellowknife Skaters Shine at Western Canada Single Distance Championships
Eight skaters from the Yellowknife Speed Skating Club were in Richmond, British Columbia over the weekend competing at the Western Canadian Single Distance Championships. Austin Miller, Tara Stockton, Lauren Eggenberger, Dominique Bennett, Ali Fleming, Camille Rourke, Monique Chapman and Kirianne Ashley were joined by Hannah Clark and Simon Austin, two Yellowknife skaters who are training at the Calgary Olympic Oval National Training Centre.
The weekend was a great success with five out of eight athletes achieving personal best times after only 2.5 months of on-ice training this season. This event pitted athletes against other Train to Train and Train to Compete speed skaters from across western Canada. Yellowknife had the largest contingent at the competition. Coach Shane Clark was pleased to report that the Yellowknife skaters got stronger as the competition progressed.
This was the first competition of the year for these athletes and was excellent preparation for the Arctic Winter Games Territorial Trials which take place in January. Fifteen year old Lauren Eggenberger established herself as a favourite vying for the Arctic Winter Games team as she achieved several personal bests and proved to be very competitive against the older skaters of Alberta and BC.
Hannah Clark led the team as she skated away with two event titles in the 500m and 1500m events. Simon Austin placed well in all five A finals. These two skaters inspire their younger counterparts with their hard work and dedication to their training at the Olympic oval.
The athletes also had a chance to see the Olympic Torch in downtown Vancouver which was a fun and inspiring experience to cap off a successful weekend.
For more information please contact Shane Clark: email@example.com.
Skate to Sochi
Speed Skating Canada has issued a challenge to every club across Canada and the NWT is up for the challenge! Clubs will be attempting to skate 74,464 laps between November 15th and February 7th - the equivalent of the distance between Ottawa and Sochi. This is a total of 8,265 km!
If you would like to dedicate your skating to any club in the Northwest Territories or would like further information about how to get involved, contact NWTASSA Sport Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check back often at the Skate to Sochi tab on the right hand side of this website to see how our clubs are doing! You can also check progress at:
www.ykspeedskating.com or www.mgilday.com.Arctic Winter Games Coach Application
Applications for Arctic Winter Games Speed Skating Coaches are now being accepted. The Arctic Winter Games requires level one coaching certification. All coaches are encouraged to apply using the forms below.
Sport North Federation Coaching and Volunteer Symposium
The Sport North Coaching and Volunteer symposium is taking place this weekend in Yellowknife. There is a wide range of sessions to educate coaches, volunteers, athletes and parents. Please take a look at the Saturday/Sunday schedule, posted below, and contact Sport North if you would like to attend a session.
NWTASSA hires Sport Director
NWTASSA is pleased to introduce their new sport director, Jill Gilday. Jill holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology from University of Calgary and has experience in health promotions and youth empowerment. She has been involved in NWT sports for many years competing in multiple Canada Winter Games and Arctic Winter Games. A former national level speed skater, Jill's volunteer experience includes the international youth organization Impossible 2 Possible (i2P), Calgary programs such as Skate Like a Girl and Special Olympics floor hockey as well as coaching with the Yellowknife Speed Skating Club. Jill's knowledge of speed skating and the NWT sport system will be a great asset in the further development of speed skating in the north. Jill will assume her new position effective October 11, 2013.
Arctic Winter Games - Do you have your passport?
NWTASSA is looking forward to sending a full team to the upcoming AWG in Fairbanks, AK March 15-22, 2014. All skaters interested in participating in the AWG process must be members of NWTASSA. Athletes and coaches need to register with Sport North by December 6, 2013. Full Canadian passport information is needed at the time of registration. Sport North registration and passport information links are below:
Sport North AWG Handbook - Contains all registration information and many other details.
More AWG information is located on our Competitions pages.
NWTASSA Seeking Speed Skating Sport Adminstrator
NWTASSA will be hiring a part time sport administrator to advance our goals and assist in running our programs. Please see the following job advertisement:
Deadline for applications is September 18, 2013.
Executive members for NWTASSA for the coming year were elected at the AGM on May 16. Executive members are as follows:
President: Pam Dunbar
Vice President: Stacey Christie
Treasurer: Arnold Enge
Secretary: Jacqueline Beland
Coaches and Officials Coordinator: Martin Rourke
NWTASSA AGM - May 16, 2013
NWTASSA AGM for 2013 will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 7:15PM at the Sport North Boardroom (3rd Floor Cooper Building, 4908 49 Street, Yellowknife) and by conference call. All members are invited to attend.
AWG 2016 Update:
See the recent article from the Northern Journal on our News page.
NWTASSA Summer Camp 2013 Info and Registration:
Camp Registration Form: Please print, complete and mail/deliver to camp registrar with your cheque.
2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games on TV
Watch the unforgettable stories of 102 athletes with an intellectual disability reach their full potential and share their spirit and joy of sport! This one-hour program shows highlights from the world games attended by Yellowknife Speed Skating Club skater, Cynthia Simmons, representing Canada.
On TSN: Saturday, May 4 12:30-1:30PM EST and Friday, May 10 1:00-2:00PM EST
On TSN2: Monday, May 6 10:30-11:30PM EST and Tuesday, May 7 4:00-5:00PM EST
(Check local local times for listing)
NWTASSA AGM - May 16, 2013
NWTASSA AGM for 2013 will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 7:15PM at the Sport North Boardroom (3rd Floor Cooper Building, 4908 49 Street, Yellowknife) and by conference call. By-laws, agenda and minutes from last year are below. Further documents will be posted in the coming weeks. All members are urged to attend.
All members are welcome to attend.
Speed Skating Canada Announces Regional Train to Train Summer Talent Camps.
Three regional talent camps will be held this summer in Montreal, Toronto and Richmond for upper level T2T skaters. These camps target those skaters who might aspire to attend a regional training centre in the future. Skaters will work with regional high performance coaches.
NWTASSA Summer Camp 2013
Our annual summer camp will be held August 21-25 in Yellowknife. Plans are underway for both the skater development camp and coach training opportunities. Our camp is open to skaters 9 years of age and older. Prospective Arctic Winter Games participants are especially encouraged to attend in order to be as well prepared as possible at the start of the speed skating season. More details and registration information will follow in the coming weeks.
Camp coordinators are needed for this fun event this year. If you are interested in assisting in the organization of our successful summer camp, please contact email@example.com.
2013 NWT Championships Photos!
Anyone wishing to purchase photos should contact Darren Horn directly. Contact information is located at:
2013 NWT Championships Results
Results for the 2013 NWT Championships held March 9-10 in Yellowknife are posted under Competitions. Congratulations to all skaters and coaches for the preparations and training leading up to this meet.
Officials Clinic Update
Officials Clinic - Friday, March 8 - being held at Aurora College, Yellowknife Campus, 5004 54 Street, Room 127. Meet at main college entrance on 54 Street at 7pm.
Two Officiating Clinics at Upcoming NWT Championships
NWTASSA is offering two clinics, one for officials and one for starters in conjunction with the upcoming NWT Championships. The clinics will be led by Tom Lipsett, SSC Level 3 Starter from Edmonton, AB. For more information, please see the following:
Solid Final World Cup for Gilday
Michael Gilday completed the sixth and final World Cup of this season with a 4th and 6th place finish.
Cynthia Wins Big in Pyeong Chang
Cynthia Simmons has won two silver medals at the 2013 Special Olympic World Games.
Cynthia Simmons off to Special O World Games
Cynthia Simmons from the Yellowknife Speed Skating Club left today to compete in the Special Olympics World Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Cynthia is a member of Team Canada and will race in the short track competition. She won her spot on the Canadian team after competing in the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games last season. Her training for the games included a dryland regimen throughout the summer as well as her work with the Yk Club's competitive group, with whom she has skated for the past three seasons, and several cross training activities. Cynthia also attended several Special Olympics training sessions in southern Canada as part of her preparation for the World Games. NWTASSA wishes Cynthia the very best of luck at this prestigious international event. She has worked hard to achieve her place on the team and will be a fine representative for the NWT and Canada.
NWT Speed Skating Championships - March 9-10, 2013.
The annual NWT Speed Skating Championships will be held in Yellowknife on March 9-10. Races of varying lengths will be held for all skaters 6 years and up. A silent auction, hosted by the Yellowknife Speed Skating Club will be held at the arena during the championships. More information on the meet and registration forms can be found below:
Big Weekend for Michael Gilday - New Canadian Champion!
Michael Gilday (Yellowknife Speed Skating Club) achieved his first title of Canadian Champion this past weekend in Montreal. Gilday won the three day Canadian Championships event by placing first in the 1500m and fourth in the 500m, 1000m and 3000m events. He was very happy with the consistency of his performance. The Canadian Championships also served as the team selection event for the final two World Cup events of the season plus the World Championships counting as 80% of the qualifier with the remaining 20% coming from placings at the fall team trials at which Gilday placed third. Speed Skating Canada will announce the team roster for this season's remaining international events on Wedneday, January 23.
The Yellowknife Speed Skating Club held their annual Christmas break speed skating camp from December 27-29 for skaters aged 12 and up. Attendance was high with 20 club skaters and five alumni skaters taking to the ice. With two hour ice sessions each day skaters were given daily time trials plus challenging skating each day working on technique and keeping fit over the holiday season. Four on-ice coaches and a dozen or so off-ice parent volunteers helped keep the camp energized and fun. All skaters are looking forward to the second half of the season in the new year.
Yellowknife Ability Meet
The Ed Jeske Arena was buzzing on Saturday, December 1 with 70 skaters from 4 NWT clubs. Races were held in three categories: Ability, Can West and Juniors. Those in the Can West category (Train to Train age) were seeking to meet qualifying times for the upcoming Canada West Short Track Championships in late March. Junior skaters were hoping to better their personal best times and possibly qualify for the Canadian Age Class Championhsips. Ability racers showed off new skills in cornering, starts and cross overs and raced 200, 300, 400 and 1000 metre distances. Full Ability Meet results are available below:
Tribute to Mark Collier
It is with profound sadness that NWTASSA received the news of the death of Mark Collier on Tuesday, October 30 in Norman Wells. Mark has been a tireless volunteer for speed skating in Norman Wells acting as coach and chief organizer of club activities for the past 6-7 years. Mark also served as a board member on NWTASSA since 2008. During his tenure as coach of the Norman Wells Speed Skating Club, Mark ran weekly practices, oversaw the purchase and maintenance of equipment, arranged travel to NWT Championships and summer camps, organized local skater development clinics and ran endless creative fundraisers to help offset costs for skaters and their families. This was all in addition to administrative tasks and developing his own coaching credentials.
Mark gave tirelessly of himself so that kids could participate and have fun in his programs. His enthusiasm, energy and caring nature will be missed at both the local and territorial level.
Olympian Denise Ramsden Visits Yellowknife Club.
Denise Ramsden, Canadian Olympic team member for cycling at the London 2012 games will be in Yellowknife November 1-4. Denise is a former resident of Yellowknife who now studies at University of British Columbia. She was born in Hay River, NT and spent her early years in Yellowknife. Denise was a member of the Yellowknife Speed Skating Club for several years and it was there that she had her start in speed skating. When she and her family moved to Ontario, Denise's speed skating career advanced to the provincial and national level before she branched off to successive sports such as triathlon and ultimately road cycling.
On Thursday, November 1, Denise will be on the ice at the Yellowknife Multiplex where she will skate with two groups of Yellowknife Speed Skating Club members. She will also attend several other community events. Welcome home Denise!
Gilday's Successful Season Continues.
At the second World Cup of the season, held in Montreal October 26-28, Michael Gilday continued to place well in his events. After successfully making his way through preliminaries and heats on Friday, Gilday advanced through the quarter and semi-finals to the A Final in the 1500 metre event on Saturday. In a field of seven top notch international skaters, he finished in 5th place. He was happy with this result given the strength and experience of his competitors. On Sunday, Gilday continued through the quarter and semi-final rounds of the 500m event winning his heats in both rounds to again advance to the A Final. He and fellow Team Canada members Guillaume Bastille and Liam Mcfarlane swept the podium spots with Gilday capturing the silver medal. Gilday and his team members continue their training until they depart for the 3rd and 4th World Cup competitions to be held in Nagoya, Japan (November 30-December 2, 2012) and Shanghai, China December 7-9, 2012).
Further information on the above competitions can be found at the following sites:
Gilday and Team Canada set world record in relay.
At the first world cup of the season, Canada's relay team clinched a spot in history by setting a new world record. The team, comprised of Michael Gilday (Yellowknife Speed Skating Club), Charles Hamelin, Olivier Jean and Francois Hamelin skated the men's 5000m relay event in a time of 6:30.958. The previous world record, set in Korea in 2011, was 6:35.884. The world cup is being held at the Calgary Olympic Oval October 19-21. Two other world records also fell in the first day of racing, both to Canadians. Valerie Maltais set a record in the 1500m event, and Vladimir Grigorev of Russia lowered the 500m record to a blistering 40.344.
Gilday and the other Canadians continue their competition tomorrow and Sunday, moving into the quarter, semis and finals in all distances. In the photo below, Tara Stockton from the Yellowknife Speed Skating Club, is pictured with the record setting men's relay team.
AWG 2016 (Greenland)
NWTASSA is very concerned with the decision of the Arctic Winter Games International Committee to cut six sports, including speed skating, from the games to be held in Greenland in 2016. NWTASSA recognizes that this will be a lost opportunity for many speed skaters who have set their sights on the AWG team that season, and may well affect overall club registration and participation numbers across our territory. We are hopeful that talks among governments of an alternate event may come to fruition. We will be working hard with all levels of government and sport organizations to this end. As well, all affected speed skating associations across the Arctic are working together to explore other possibilities of an international competition. In the meantime, our skaters and coaches are focused on their goals for this season and for AWG 2014 in Alaska.
NWT Speed Skaters Score Multiple PB's at Calgary's Oktoberfest
Over the past weekend, 6 NWT skaters attended the annual Oktoberfest competition at the Calgary Olympic Oval. All achieved personal best times. Read more:
NWTASSA Proud of 2 New Oval Skaters
Both Simon Austin and Hannah Clark of Yellowknife have achieved their qualifying times and have been accepted into the National Training Centre program at the Calgary Olympic Oval. For the full story, click on this link: NWTASSA Oval Skaters
Michael Gilday makes 2012-13 Fall World Cup Team
Following the first national team trials of the 2012-13 season in Calgary September 14-16, Speed Skating Canada has announced the men's and women's team for the four world cups. Michael Gilday of Yellowknife placed fourth overall at the trials and therefore gained a spot on the team to attend all four world cups this fall. The first world cup will be held in Calgary, Alberta October 19-21. Gilday is pleased to have made the world cup team once again, especially after suffering a broken shoulder in late January. More information and full results on the team trials can be found at: www.speedskating.ca/home
Michael Gilday's blog can be found at: www.mgilday.wordpress.com
Hay River Annual Fall Speed Skating Camp - October 13-14, 2012.
Please see the poster for this fun event. The camp will be led by David Gilday and local coaches from the Hay River Club. All are welcome to attend. Participants are encouraged to take this opportunity to try out speed skating.
NWT Speed Skating Takes Four Awards at Sport North Awards Banquet!
NWTASSA proudly announces four recipients of Sport North awards this year. The Sport North awards banquet was held on Saturday evening, May 26. 2012 at the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife. Greatly deserving award winners were:
- Madison Pilling (Fort Simpson) Youth Female Athlete of the Year
- Isaac Wideman (Yellowknife) Youth Male Athlete of the Year
- Valerie Gendron (Fort Simpson) Delma Kisoun Memorial Community Contributor
- Shane Clark (Yellowknife) Coach of the Year
Award Nominees included:
- Hannah Clark (Yellowknife) - Junior Female Athlete of the Year
- Simon Austin (Yellowknife) - Junior Male Athlete of the Year
- AWG Speed Skating Team - Team of the Year
For full bios on the winners please visit: http://www.sportnorth.com/Content/Home.asp
Videos of the awards are located here:
NWTASSA Summer Camp Information and Registration:
The annual NWTASSA Summer Speed Skating Camp will be held August 22-26, 2012 in Yellowknife. Please see information below for details on our camp and the registration form. Camp is open to any skater 9 years old and up as of September 30, 2012.
NWTASSA AGM - Thursday, May 17.
Where: Sport North Boardroom - 3rd Floor Cooper Building (4908 49 Street, Yellowknife) and by conference call (number on agenda).
Who: All clubs, members and interested public.
2015 Canada Winter Games - Prince George, BC
Coach and manager applications can be found under Competitions/CWG/2015. Please note application deadline is June 1, 2015.
2012 NWTASSA AGM is May 17, 2012.
Our 2012 AGM will be held on May 17, 2012 at 7:15PM at the Sport North Boardroom (3rd floor Cooper Building, 4908 49th Street, Yellowknife and by conference call. All members are welcome to attend.
Multiple Medals at Special Olympics Canada Winter Games!
Final 2 Competitions of the season this weekend:
Skaters departing in the next couple of days for the final 2 short track competitions of the season include:
Canadian Short Track Championships (Richmond, BC March 23-25):
Hannah Clark, Simon Austin, Coach David Gilday.
Canada West Short Track Championships (Winnipeg, MB March 24-25):
Inuvik: Darcie Setzer, Nina Verbonac, River Ross, Alex Robertson
Hay River: Kaed Blake
Fort Simpson: Madison Pilling, Kevin Anavilok-Roche
Yellowknife: James Thomas, Isaac Wideman, Cullen McLeod, Dominique Bennett.
Coach: Shane Clark; Chaperones: Sharon Irwin & Doug Robertson
Results: Will post link when available.
Sport North's Rising Star Program
Please see the application form below for information on Sport North's Rising Star program. This program is targeted toward athletes 14 years of age and under with high performance potential. The funds can be used to offset costs to attend training camps etc.
Fabulous AWG results from Whitehorse!
Congratulations to the skaters and coaches of our illustrious AWG team that has just returned from Whitehorse! You have all done a great job representing NWTASSA, your home club and your territory. I am particularly proud of the depth of this year's team represented by five of our six speed skating clubs.
Special recognition goes to those who won individual medals: Hannah, Madison, Simon, Cullen, Eric, Rachel, Lauren, Kirianne, Kristin, Isaac, James and Kaed. Gold medal sweeps by Simon and Isaac were awesome as were the AWG records broken by Hannah and Isaac!
Big congratulations to all skaters for their performance in the very exciting team relays. A gold medal sweep of this entire event is truly an accomplishment and speaks to the ultimate teamwork, communication and effort of each team and the coaches, both in the 'game plan' before the race and in the lap by lap focus and decisions throughout the race.
A huge congratulations must go to our excellent coaching team and mission staff who made sure that everyone was organized, well prepared and in top shape for every round of competition. Your extra hours and late nights are truly appreciated by team members, parents and NWTASSA.
And finally, a top medal haul of 37 ulus which represented just under one third won by the whole of Team NWT. This is a fantastic result and represents a very strong showing for the entire speed skating team.
For those skaters who are preparing for Canada West and Canadian Short Track Championships, we look forward to a continuation of your dedication to training and to your goals of personal excellence.
Great job one and all!
Full results can be viewed here: AWG 2012 Protocol
NWT Speed Skating Championships - February 18-19, 2012.
For all results, see Competitions/NWT Champs.
2012 AWG Speed Skating Team
A very exciting AWG Territorial Trials ended on Saturday, January 28. All skaters showed exceptional drive, sportsmanship and determination. The final team selection below will join coaches Sharon Irwin from Fort Smith and Shane Clark from Yellowknife.
|Junior Female||Junior Male||Juvenile Female||Juvenile Male|
|Hannah Clark Yk||Simon Austin Yk||Lauren Eggenberger Yk||Isaac Wideman Yk|
|Madison Pilling Fort Simpson||Dominique Bennett Yk||Rachel Latour Yk||James Thomas Yk|
|Tara Stockton Yk||Eric Chalker Yk||Kirianne Ashley Yk||Kaed Blake Hay River|
|Ali Fleming Yk||Cullen McLeod Yk||Kristin Chapman Yk||Kevin Anavilok Roche Fort Simpson|
|Alt: Monique Chapman Yk||Alt: Aurora Vassal Fort Smith||Alt: Jackson Christie Inuvik|
Full Results of AWG Territorial Trials:
Arctic Winter Games Territorial Trials start Friday, January 27, 2012.
The NWT's best speed skaters will be gathering this weekend at the Yellowknife Multiplex (Jeske Arena) for the final trials to decide who will represent Team NWT at the AWG in Whitehorse. Skaters from all six of NWTASSA's clubs will be competing in four age categories: Junior Female, Junior Male, Juvenile Female and Juvenile Male. The final team will consist of four skaters in each age category. The team will be headed by coaches Sharon Irwin of Fort Smith and Shane Clark of Yellowknife.
The speed skating competition gets underway on Friday evening.
Friday, January 27: Set-up starts at 5:30PM. Competition will end at 9:00PM
Saturday, January 28: Set-up starts at 9:00AM. Competition will end at 2:30PM
More information can be found under Competitions/AWG.
Gilday Chosen to skate individual distances at 2012 World Championships
Michael Gilday places 3rd at Canadian Open Short Track Championships
AWG Territorial Trials to be held in Yellowknife January 26-28, 2012.
Thirty four skaters and nine coaches and chaperones from 6 speed skating clubs across the NWT will make their way to the Arctic Winter Games Territorial Trials in late January. Competition will be held to determine the top four skaters in each of the following categories: Juvenile Male and Female; Junior Male and Female. The final team of 16 skaters will join AWG coaches Shane Clark (Yellowknife) and Sharon Irwin (Fort Smith) and the rest of Team NWT at the games in Whitehorse March 3-10, 2012.
For more information on the AWG Territorial Trials for speed skating, click Competitions and AWG above. Further information on the games can also be found at:
Second World Cup Medal of the Season for Gilday - December 5, 2012
Michael Gilday, member of the Yellowknife Speed Skating Club, stepped onto the world cup podium again this past weekend taking the bronze medal in the men's 1000 metre event in Nagoya, Japan. Teammate Charles Hamelin captured the gold followed by Kwak Yoon-Gy of Korea. Gilday was pleased with his result which marked his second world cup medal of the season and the seventh of this career. In the 1500 metre event he finished 2nd in the B Final for an eighth place overall in this distance.
The men's relay team had some misfortune in the semi-final round when Hamelin took a fall in the last half lap causing a penalty to the team and elimination from the final.
Gilday and the team travel next to Shanghai, China for the fourth stop on the world cup circuit. Racing continues December 9-11, 2012.
Full results can be viewed at: www.sportresult.com/federations/ISU/ShortTrack/
AWG Regional Trials in Yellowknife - Results:
Arctic Winter Games regional trials were completed for the Yellowknife Speed Skating Club on Sunday, November 13. The three divisions requiring a competition were very close and featured many great races. Congratulations to all skaters and their coaches on their efforts to train and prepare for this important competition. After all four distances were complete, the successful skaters who will move on to the AWG Territorial Trials in January are:
Junior Girls: Hannah Clark, Monique Chapman, Hannah Latour, Tara Stockton.
Junior Boys: Simon Austin, Dominique Bennett, Eric Chalker, Cullen McLeod.
Juvenile Girls: Kirianne Ashley, Kristin Chapman, Lauren Eggenberger and Rachel Latour.
Juvenile Boys: Daniel Enge, James Thomas, Isaac Wideman.
Full results can be viewed here:
World Cup Silver for Michael Gilday
First medal of the season for Gilday at Intact Insurance World Cup 2 in Saguenay, Quebec.
Big Successes and Personal Bests at 2011 Edmonton Fall Classic!
Read the news release here for an exciting recap of events at last week's Edmonton Fall Classic which was attended by 22 skaters from NWT.
Calgary Oktoberfest nets personal bests for Yellowknife Skaters!
2010-11Season End Results
Canada West Short Track Championships Results:
Please see Competitions page for final results of NWT Championships.