AASSA Award Nominations

Nomination forms are due in the AASSA office by Sunday, April 20, 2014. 

There are three awards that need nominations from our clubs;

Kevin Sirois Memorial Award
Bruce Jones Memorial Award
Mike Heitman Memorial Award

The other awards are results based and will be determined by the AASSA office.  Full details are in the document below. Awards will be given out during the AASSA AGM Awards Luncheon in Ponoka on Saturda
Nomination forms are due in the AASSA office by Sunday, April 20, 2014. There are three awards that need nominations from our clubs;

Kevin Sirois Memorial Award
Bruce Jones Memorial Award
Mike Heitman Memorial Award

The other awards are results based and will be determined by the AASSA office.  Full details are in the document below. Awards will be given out during the AASSA AGM Awards Luncheon in Ponoka on Saturday, May 3, 2014. 


The 2014 AASSA Annual General Meeting will be held in Ponoka the weekend of May 3-4.  The AGM package will be posted shortly.

2019 Canada Winter Games

March 13, 2014 – At recent meetings, the Canada Games Council`s (CGC) Board of Directors have approved the CGC 2019 Technical Review Committee’s report that the two communities bidding to host the 2019 Canada Winter Games advance to Phase II.

“The communities of Lethbridge and Red Deer have been informed of their scoring in the technical assessment phase of the 2019 Canada Winter Games Bid Process and have been invited to submit a Comprehensive Host Community Bid Proposal,” says Paul Flaherty, Chairman of the 2019 Bid Evaluation Committee.

After the Board approval, individual reports were provided to each community outlining their results to date. Through these results, the communities have now been formally invited to develop and submit a Comprehensive Host Community Bid Proposal representing Phase II of the Host Community Selection Process. The deadline for the proposal is now June 30, 2014.
After the June 30, 2014 deadline, the 2019 Bid Evaluation Committee will assess the Comprehensive Host Community Bid Proposals, conduct site visits for Phase II and then provide a final ranking and report to the CGC Board of Directors. The final recommendation from the Board of Directors will be delivered to the Province of Alberta and then announced publicly by the Council and the Province in September of 2014.
Having hosted the 1975 Canada Winter Games in Lethbridge and the 1995 Canada Winter Games in Grande Prairie, the 2019 Canada Winter Games will mark the third time the Games are hosted in the province of Alberta.

Inzell World Cup

March 8, 2014 –  Gilmore Junio of Calgary captured a silver medal in the men’s 500m Saturday at the ISU Essent World Cup in Inzell, Germany. Gilmore’s time of 35.02 seconds was eclipsed only by a 34.96 from Ronald Mulder of the Netherlands. It is the 23-year-old Junio’s second podium finish this season and third World Cup medal overall, all coming in the 500m. He won a race in Salt Lake City in November, 2013 and claimed a silver in Nagano, Japan in December, 2012.  Other Alberta results from Saturday: Jamie Gregg of Edmonton 16th in the 500m and 13th in the 1000m; Kaylin Irvine of Calgary 13th in women’s 500;  

2014 AASSA Single Distance Championships

 Full details for the 2014 AASSA Single Distance Championships can be found here; http://www.albertaspeedskating.ca/schedule.asp  The $75 registration fee will be waived for skaters who can provide volunteers for all three days of the competition.  Please call Wendy to sign up; 403-220-7911. 

Shop the Speed Skate Cellar for all your speed skating needs.  Proceeds of all sales support our skaters. 


Change to Sylvan Lake Marathon

Due to unsafe ice conditions the Sylvan Lake Marathon has been moved to Red Deer.  See below for more details;


Grand Opening of the Aquatera Speed Skating Oval

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January 19, 2014

The City of Grande Prairie and Peace Wapiti Speed Skating Club are excited to announce the grand opening of the Aquatera Outdoor Speed Skating Oval.

The new oval, adjacent to the Eastlink Centre, is now open for public use. 

Full story here.

Silver Skate Festival - February 14-23

January 16, 2014

Although the pond is closed, the City of Edmonton has created an 8000 sq ft. ice rink for your skating enjoyment in the South East Corner of Hawrelak Park and they are getting ready for the biggest winter celebration in Edmonton. The Victoria Oval on River Valley Road will be used as a satellite site.  Check out all the details; http://www.silverskatefestival.org/ 

Jeremy Wotherspon Donates Award Money

January 9, 2014

Calgary, AB  (January 9, 2014) – Calgary’s Olympic Oval is thrilled to announce the generous donation of $3,805

to the Olympic Oval Athlete Bursary Fund by four-time World Sprint Champion, 13-time World Cup Overall Champion, 67-time World Cup winner and Olympic Silver medalist Jeremy Wotherspoon.  With a highly decorated career spanning over 15 years, Wotherspoon also competed in the 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics.  He is widely recognized as one of the greatest speed skating sprinters of all time.

The Olympic Oval has a long standing tradition of awarding a Brothers of the Wind world record ring to any skater who breaks a world record on the Olympic Oval’s “Fastest Ice in the World™.” Wotherspoon holds the honor of breaking an astonishing twelve world records at the Oval; a feat that has not been accomplished by any other skater.  Five of Wotherspoon’s twelve world record rings have never been ordered.  Recently, the Olympic Oval approached Jeremy to begin the process, but he chose to donate the money allocated for his rings to the Olympic Oval Athlete Bursary Fund.

"The Olympic Oval has been a world leading facility as long as I've been a full time athlete.  I am extremely grateful for its existence, as this facility, the people and the programs that have found a home here are responsible for my success in many ways.  By giving something back to the Olympic Oval Athlete Bursary Fund, I hope young athletes who are here now can immerse themselves in sport the way I was able to when I was just starting out" said Wotherspoon during his cheque presentation on January 7th to Olympic Oval Associate Director of High Performance Sport, Marcel Lacroix.

The Olympic Oval Athlete Bursary Fund was designed to assist Oval Program athletes offset training costs associated with speed skating. Up to seven bursaries are awarded each year to athletes in the program.  

Gift Ideas for Skaters

December 2, 2013

The Speed Skate Cellar has great gift ideas for the skaters in your life!  Call 403-220-7911.

  • Skate pendant with chain (sterling silver) $45
  • Skater pendant with chain (sterling silver) $50
  • AASSA Buffs $30
  • AASSA Toques by Swift $30
  • Pennington Blackhawk Jig $240
  • Viking Sharpening Stone $50
  • Viking Burr Stone $8

For more ideas check out; http://atlanticlongtrack.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/gift-ideas/

Alberta Members Honored

October 21, 2013

In June 2013, Speed Skating Canada awarded the following to these Alberta speed skaters and supporters;

•  Female Coach of the Year: Shawna Pearman
• Officials of Excellence Award: Rod Fisher
• Jean R. Dupre Administrator of the Year Award: Alice Humeny
• Jeremy Wotherspoon Award (male long track skater of the year): Jamie Gregg
• Rising Star for Long Track: Kate Hanly
• Gagne Family Award: The Greggs: Kathy, Randy, Jamie, Jessica, Sarah and Ryan

AASSA acknowledges the contribution of all athletes, coaches, officials and other volunteers who make speed skating better for Albertans. You are a great source of inspiration for all of us – congratulations! 

Alberta Sport Plan

October 11, 2011 - Deadline has been extended to Midnight Monday, October 14th

The Alberta Government would like to know your priorities for amateur sport in the province! Your responses to the survey will contribute to the renewal of the Alberta Sport Plan which will provide direction for provincial government support to amateur sport for the next 10 years. http://albertasportplan.budgetsimulator.com/     

New Oval Ice Policy

September 13, 2013

A message from the Olympic Oval - The long track NTC ice time will now be open to any Canadian speed skaters who meet the “A Group” ice time standards. These standards can be found here http://schedules.oval.ucalgary.ca/PublicHPLT.aspx; only one time standard must be met. This new policy is subject to change at any time.


Speed Skating Canada 126th AGM

OTTAWA – Speed Skating Canada (SSC) held its 126th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Ottawa this past weekend uniting membership from across the country. The AGM included a combination of formal association business, elections, educational information and discussion sessions as well as the President’s Welcome and Recognition reception, which is Speed Skating Canada’s opportunity acknowledge and recognize the dedicated volunteers who contribute to making the sport of speed skating so successful.

Board members elected to the SSC Board of Directors include Tony Main, Treasurer (Vancouver); Jim Elliott, Director (Ottawa); David Gilday, Director (Yellowknife); Jean R. Dupré, Director (Montreal). They will join Marie-Claire Rouleau, President (Montreal); J.F. Monette, Athlete director (Montreal); Susan Auch, Director (Winnipeg); Jim Allison, Director (Abbotsford). SSC wishes to thank Michelle Casoni, who stepped down as Director, for her work.

SSC also elected members to the High Performance Long Track Committee, including Derek Auch (Calgary); Annie Perrault (Montreal).  Gaétan Boucher (Rosemère) was elected to the High Performance Short Track Committee to replace outgoing member Tom Overend.

Every year, at SSC's Annual General Meeting, awards are presented to deserving individuals in a number of categories, in recognition for their achievements during the season or lifetime involvement. The following Alberta members were honoured:

  • Kate Hanly (Calgary), Long Track Rising Star Award;
  • Jamie Gregg (Edmonton), Jeremy Wotherspoon Award - Male Long Track Skater of the Year;
  • Alice Humeny (Calgary), Jean R. Dupré Award - Administrator of the Year;
  • Rod Fisher (Calgary), Officials of Excellence Award;
  • Shawna Pearman (Red Deer), Coach of the Year – female;  
  • Gregg Family: Randy, Kathy, Jamie, Jessica, Sarah and Ryan (Edmonton); Gagne Family Award (Family that has made an outstanding contribution to the development of the sport of Speed Skating in Canada):  
  • Gabrielle Waddell (short track), Peter Williamson Memorial Trust Fund Bursaries

The 2014 SSC AGM has been scheduled for June 27-29th in Ottawa.

Wotherspoon in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Red Deer's Jeremy Wotherspoon, possibly the greatest long track speed skating sprinter in history, was honoured by the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame this past Friday, May 24, 2013 in Red Deer at the Sheraton Hotel. Wotherspoon was one of 11 individuals to be inducted into the Sport Hall of Fame this year.

Wotherspoon has had 67 career victories and 13 World Cup titles and is Canada’s most decorated male speed skater of all-time.  He also set or reset 10 world records, skated the four fastest laps in history (the fastest 24.32 seconds) and currently holds the 500-metre mark of 34.03 seconds, set November 8, 2007 in Salt Lake City.

The four-time Olympian won silver in the 500m in the 1998 Games. He also won four world sprint championships and was Canada’s speed skating male athlete of the year from 1998-2005 and in 2008. The award was changed to the Jeremy Wotherspoon Award. Jeremy was also inducted in the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. 

Congratulations Richard Starke!

Dr. Richard Starke, former coach with the Lloydminster Border Blades, has been named the new Minister of Tourism in Premier Redford’s cabinet;

World Cup Speed Skating Final

March 15, 2014 - Gilmore Junio took home a bronze in the 500m on the second day of the  Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating Final in Heerenveen, Holland. For details of the Essent ISU World Cup, including complete results see www.isu.org

Junior World Championships

Our own Jordan Henkleman and Head Coach, Arno Hoogveld with the rest of the Canadian Team at the 2014 Junior World Long Track Championships in Bjugn, Norwary.  Jordan of Calgary was 11th in the second 500m and finished 12th overall in the distance.  For complete results; http://bjugn2014.bosk.no  bjugn2014.bosk.no bjugn2014.bosk.no http://bjugn2014.bosk.no


March 7, 2014 - The 2014 Olympic Winter Games saw seven Alberta speed skaters represent Canada. Anastasia Bucsis, Brianne Tutt, Danielle Wotherspoon-Gregg, Kaylin Irvine, Jamie Gregg and Gilmore Junio skated long track in the Adler Arena in Sochi. Jessica Gregg was part of Canada's Short Track Team, which competed in the Bolshoy Ice Dome. These athletes, who came up through the Speed Skating Club system in Alberta, represented over 25% of Canada's speed skating team in Sochi. Blair Carbert, volunteer President of Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association, says: "Alberta Speed Skating celebrates the example set by these skaters in making the Olympic team and showing all Alberta what can be done when you train hard and compete in this sport we love."

Now, on the heels of the Olympic Winter Games, the next generation of Alberta speed skaters is getting ready to compete on the international stage.

Jordan Henkelman of Calgary will be part of the team representing Canada at the World Junior Long Track Championships in Bjugn, Norway on March 7-9, 2014. Jordan learned to speed skate with the Calgary Speed Skating Club and now trains in programs run by the Olympic Oval. Jordan has been competing at a high level in both short track and long track, coming close to making the World Junior Short Track Team this year placing 7th overall. Jordan attributes his success in part to doing both disciplines: "I definitely still see myself competing in both sports in years to come. I'm sure at some point I'll have to make a decision as to which one I can go furthest in, but for the time being training for both seems to be the way to go. Both sports help each other out and both have helped me get to where I am today." 

Alexander (Sasha) Fathoullin will be part of the team representing Canada at the World Junior Short Track Championships in Erzurum, Turkey on the same weekend, March 7-9. Sasha skated with Nunavat Speed Skating and Calgary Speed Skating. As a member of the Banff/Canmore Speed Skating Club, Sasha now trains in Montreal at the Maurice Richard Arena. This will be Sasha's second consecutive time representing Canada at the World Junior Short Track Championships. As the top qualifier at the Canadian Junior Trials this year he will have his sights set on contending at the World Championships.

These World Junior Championships, limited to athletes 18 and under on July 1, 2013, represent a real accomplishment for young athletes, on the verge of qualifying for national teams. Mike Marshall, AASSA's Technical Director and former National Long Track Coach for Speed Skating Canada, says: "Representing Canada at World Junior Championships can be a good indicator of future success in the sport. Of the seven Alberta speed skaters who represented Canada in Sochi, 4 previously represented Canada in previous World Junior Championships. We want developing speed skaters throughout Alberta to see that skating in a local club at the age of 10 or 12 can turn into skating on the international stage at 17 or 18 and beyond."

Alberta Speed Skating congratulates Jordan and Sasha and wishes them the best at these international competitions. We will be watching.

For more information, contact:

Blair Carbert
Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association
(403) 705-3304

Sochi News

Thank Gilmore and support this cause!


Speed Skating Canada News


International  Skating Union News


Gilmore for Flag Bearer


 Behind the Rings

A Gesture of Olympic Magnitude

February 11, 2014 

Sochi, Russia – In an act of selflessness and true Olympic spirit, Gilmore Junio of Calgary has elected to opt out from racing in the 1000m event tomorrow at the Adler Arena. Denny Morrison, who was the first alternate in the distance, will compete in his place.

"Denny and I are made of the same fabric - we both want to win and represent our country at a level that reflects that passion” said Junio, who finished third in the distance at the Canadian Olympic Team trials back in December. While the decision was a tough one to make, Junio felt that “how Denny is skating now, I believe it’s in the best interest of the team if he races. To represent Canada at the Olympics is a huge honour and privilege but I believe that as Canadians, we’re not just here to compete; we are here to win. Denny has proven to be a consistent medal threat in the distance”.

For team leader Sean Ireland, a former Olympian himself, this was “an incredibly special gesture from a team member”. The Canadian speed skating Olympic team selection process is such that each athlete earns their spot to compete in their respective distance. The decision to race rests upon each skater. Ireland added “Gil contacted me last night to inform me that he wanted to give up his spot to allow Denny to race”.

Morrison was on ice today, getting ready for his upcoming events. “Gil is a great teammate. He told me that he wanted me to race. This is an amazing gesture and I’m ready to make the most of this opportunity.” It is clear Gilmore Junio has already learned Olympic heroes are created off the ice as well as on it.

Junio, who is only 23 years old, will be one of the many Canadian speed skating fans cheering Denny, William Dutton, Muncef Ouardi and Vince De Haître tomorrow. 

Alberta Skaters Olympic Bound!

January 24, 2013

CALGARY– Speed Skating Canada announced the 17 long track speed skaters who are formally nominated onto the Canadian Olympic Speed Skating Team for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.  The Canadian Olympic Short Track Team (ten members) was named in August.  A total of seven Alberta skaters are Olympic bound;

Anastasia Bucsis Calgary, AB    Long Track Speed Skating
Kaylin Irvine Calgary, AB     Long Track Speed Skating
Brianne Tutt Airdrie, AB     Long Track Speed Skating
Danielle Wotherspoon-Gregg Red Deer, AB  Long Track Speed Skating
Jamie Gregg Edmonton, AB     Long Track Speed Skating
Gilmore Junio Calgary, AB     Long Track Speed Skating
Jessica Gregg Edmonton, AB   Short Track Speed Skating

According to the International Skating Union quota, the Canadian Team has achieved the following quota positions in each discipline: Women’s 500m (4); Men’s 500m (4); Women’s 1000m (4); Men’s 1000m (4); Women’s 1500m (4); Men’s 1500m (4); Women’s 3000m (2); Men’s 5000m (1); Women’s 5000m (1); and one entry in the Women’s and Men’s Team Pursuits.

AWG Test Event

January 20, 2014

The AWG Test event was a success! 


January 14, 2013 - update

Canmore’s weather forecast for Saturday is a daytime high of plus 9 degrees Celsius! To ensure best possible ice for our “test skate”, we are moving the start time up to 9:30 when the on ice temperature will be hovering around 0 degrees Celsius. We will have exclusive use of the pond from 9am until noon, at which time the public will be allowed on the pond.Sorry for the  inconvenience this has caused. We will continue to work through this current warm spell to maintain the integrity of the ice as much as Mother Nature will allow. Please check our web site Friday evening for an updated ice report before you pack your speed skate bags!   http://www.banffcanmorespeedskating.ca

January 11, 2014

As most of you know by now, due to the extensive flood damage suffered in June, the outdoor oval could not be built in time in Canmore for the 2014 Alberta Winter Games. As a result the speed skating competition was changed to short track. The races will be held outdoors, on Policeman’s Pond, located just a block north of Main Street in Canmore. This is the first time that an AWG short track speed skating event has ever been held outdoors, and it promises to be an exciting experience for our Alberta speed skaters! The pond is significantly larger than an international short track speed skating indoor ice surface, so the extra distance to the safety mats will provide added safety to our athletes.

The Banff/Canmore Speed Skating Club demonstrated our sport on this ice surface last winter during Canmore’s Annual Ice Festival on February 3rd. We were all surprised at how much fun it was to speed skate outdoors, and we were very pleased at how well the ice held up as we showcased continuous exhibition races for the spectators who were out watching us that day. Of course, It didn’t hurt that it was a beautiful sunny and warm (-1.0 degrees C.) afternoon in the Rockies! Please see the attached photo from that event, we really did have a lot of fun!

Our club is confident that this venue will be a successful part of the 2014 Alberta Winter Games, and that the short track speed skating races will be safe, exciting, and fun for our athletes, their parents, our officials, our volunteers, and the spectators who come to watch our fantastic sport!

So to that end, please join us at our  AWG “test” skate party Saturday, January 18 at 1:30 pm. We’re calling it a “test” skate because besides getting out there and having fun, we are also going to be replicating an hour of “mock” races to see how the ice responds, and to give our Zamboni staff and track stewards the opportunity to do a “dress rehearsal”.

The Town of Canmore owns and operates an outdoor Zamboni, and the staff has years of experience flooding this pond regularly all winter. The Town has been incredible in getting the site and the ice ready, and has provided us a dedicated team so that we will have the same people out on Jan. 18th as we will have all three days of the AWG races. (So please, when you see Lisa, David, Andrew, Derek and Mike out and about the ice, whether they’re driving the Zamboni, on the min-truck bringing in track water, or on their two way radios making it all happen behind the scenes, please give them a smile and a nod for they will have already put in many, many hours to get the ice in the very best shape possible!)

One last thing, remember the story about someone putting down a “lucky looney” at centre ice to bring good luck to our hockey teams at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics? As we were drilling in one of the track holes three days ago, Lisa was sure that she saw our little pond muskrat come right up to her underneath the ice to see what was going on.  Lisa’s pretty sure he gave her a wink and a nod, so we all took that as a very good sign that nature will indeed smile on us!

PS. If it ends up that the weather forecast doesn’t look promising for January 18th , we’ll post updates on our website;  http://www.banffcanmorespeedskating.ca/.


Larry Howe

President, Banff/Canmore Speed Skating Club  

Skate to Sochi

November 15, 2013

Are you ready to get your speed on? Can your club Skate to Sochi?  Join the journey and celebrate our Olympic athletes as they make their way to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. 

AASSA is Recruiting VP Marketing

September 13, 2013

Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association (AASSA) is recruiting a volunteer prepared to serve on its Executive as Vice President Marketing.

A Vice President Marketing will lead AASSA’s fundraising efforts by pursuing corporate and government sponsorships, donations and grants. These endeavours will play a key role in allowing AASSA to grow and deliver more and better programs for its skaters, through better training for coaches and officials, better competitions, and appropriate financial support directly to athletes, either as individuals or as groups, for training and competitions.

Successful fundraising is a long-term project, and the individual should foresee serving 2-3 years in that role, to take an active role in developing and leading, with AASSA staff and other volunteers, a sustainable fundraising plan by building relationships and cementing the organization’s reputation with sponsors and donors, and granting agencies. This individual will also serve as a resource to and, as necessary, a coordinator of Alberta clubs in their fundraising efforts. The Vice President Marketing also works with the Vice President Finance of AASSA on the Association’s Speed Skate Cellar business, making available skating equipment for sale to members and families.
As a full member of AASSA’s Executive, this volunteer will also join with other Executive members in the governance and oversight of the provincial organization.

Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Wendy Walker (Program Coordinator) at the AASSA office (aassa@ucalgary.ca) or Blair Carbert (President) at carbert@scwlawyers.com. Further information can also be obtained from AASSA’s 4-Year Plan and the specific Action Plans concerning marketing.

Alberta Speed Skating thanks Gayle Fathoullin of the Calgary Speed Skating Association, who served as VP Fundraising for about 18 months, until her recent withdrawal due to the demands of her family business. Gayle, you left big shoes and big ambitions for the next volunteer to fill. We know your passion for the sport and are confident that you will be there to help Alberta Speed Skating and its Clubs, as your time permits.

Intact Insurance Short Track Team Selections

August 6, 2013

Montreal – The selection process for members of the Canadian short track speed skating team who will participate in the Sochi Olympic Winter Games will start on Wednesday, August 7th at the Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal, and continue until Sunday, August 18th. At the end of these events, the cumulative results* will determine the athletes who will represent the Olympic team for this discipline. For the occasion, athletes will participate in three distance events.

For the competition schedule:

For the list of athletes participating in the events:

For the selection process steps:

Watch the webcast:

_content&view=article&id=1935 _content&view=article&id=1935* In this respect, note that various criteria are taken into consideration in this process. For this reason, we recommend to check with Speed Skating Canada before announcing the names of the athletes.

For more information:

Marie-Annick L'Allier (who will be on site for the duration of the competitions)
ma@malallier.com  | 514-983-8236
Twitter: @SSC_PVC (#SelectionsIntactAssurance)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SSC.PVC

Helmets Mandatory at Olympic Oval

Helmets Rule! Approved helmets are now mandatory during Public Skating sessions at the Olympic Oval. This policy is implemented as a proactive safety measure to help protect skaters and to ensure all users of the Olympic Oval enjoy their time skating. Skaters who do not have their own helmet can borrow one from the Olympic Oval Skate Shop at no charge on a first come first served basis. Protect your brain, skate smart! Helmets must meet safety standards of specific helmet style.