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2017-2018

Camps

Upcoming Training Camps  

The Canmore Summer Camp is happening again in 2018! -- Sunday July 8th to Friday July 13th

Click here for the July Summer Camp poster.

This camp, run by Alberta Speed Skating's Technical Director, Mike Marshall and other qualified coaches, is focused on aerobic development and technical dryland training for 2019 CWG eligible athletes. There are usually two streams of T2T and Junior skaters; all are welcome to join the great team training atmosphere. Previous camps have included a team and individual endurance competition using in-line skating, biking, hiking/running, aerobic games and team building events to determine the winners at the end of the week. On-site lodging and meals are provided (for limited numbers).

* Coaches are welcome and if you are interested in being a volunteer Camp Cook, you are also very welcome!! 

Click here to access the online Registration and payment page for the 2018 Canmore Summer Camp

Click here to download a printable version of the 2018 Canmore Summer Camp Registration form

Click below for Participant Forms:

AASSA 2018-2019 Minor Participant form

AASSA 2018-2019 Participant 18 years and older form

Alien Inline Waiver form

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The AGM Weekend Training Camp in Red Deer for Alberta Speed Skaters was a great success on May 26 and 27, 2018

This camp was held in conjunction with the Alberta Speed Skating AGM Weekend in Red Deer.

Details: This Camp targetted T2T and Junior athletes and the focus was on dryland technique using cables and imitations with speed and various aerobic training as well. Baseline testing (Leger aerobic test and a jump test) was also completed. If you would like more information about this camp, including hosting one like this, contact Mike Marshall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

2018 AASSA AGM

The 2018 Alberta Speed Skating (AASSA) AGM Weekend was held in Red Deer on May 26th and 27th, 2018. The weekend included:

  • Saturday workshops and lunch at the AGM venue (Hunting Hills High School, 150 Lockwood Avenue, Red Deer)
  • tours of the new Canada Winter Games venues (transportation provided)
  • an awards dinner (click here for the Awards page) on Saturday evening (at the Rusty Pelican on South Gaetz Avenue)
  • a training camp for T2T and Canada Winter Games-eligible (Junior) athletes (click here to be redirected to the AGM Camp information)
  • a President's Breakfast (7:30am to 9am on Sunday)
  • the formal AGM -- Business meeting and updates on Sunday morning, including:
    • a recap of 2017-2018
    • plans for 2018-2019
    • elections for vacant Board positions (including VP Skater Development, Secretary-Treasurer, VP Club & Membership Development, VP Marketing, Director-At-Large) click here for the Nomination Form

Click on the following Reports and Items for the AASSA AGM:

2017 AASSA AGM draft minutes 

AASSA Board of Directors' Reports (pdf)

Link to Alberta Club Reports

Revised Balance Sheet

Revised Profit and Loss

Revised Budget vs Actuals

Membership and Club Development Workshop Notes

 

Weekend Agenda:

Saturday, May 26th:

Location: Hunting Hills High School, 150 Lockwood Avenue

  • AGM Sessions - Learning Commons
  • 8:30: Informal meet and greet
  • 9 - 10:30: Informal Club Updates; and Best practices round-table discussions (Leads: Stephanie and Kristine) 
  • 10:30 - 10:45: Break (AASSA to provide)
  • 10:45 - 12:00: Financial update report (Leads: Nicole and Michelle)
  • 12:00 Lunch (AASSA to provide)
  • 1 - 3:00 Tours of the CWG venues (RDC and Great Chief Park) (Lead: Doug)
  • 3-3:15 Break (AASSA to provide)
  • 3:15 - 4:30
    • a) Officials Development Committee (guests welcome)
    • b) Skater Development Committee (guests welcome)

6:30 - 8pm AASSA Awards Dinner (please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have not already done so)

  • Rusty Pelican, 2079 - 50 Avenue (South Gaetz)

Sunday, May 27:

President’s Breakfast (Nicole, lead; AASSA to provide breakfast)
7:30 - 9am: Round Table and Open Forum format for Club Presidents or Designates

Formal AGM (business meeting and elections): 9:30am - 12pm:

  • Welcome
  • Recognition of Official Club Delegates; introduction of special guests
  • Review and adjustment of Agenda
  • Review of 2017 AASSA AGM minutes; edits; approval
  • Agenda Items:
    • Financials
    • AASSA Exec Reports and Summary of Club Reports
    • Including Alberta Provincial Team and AB High Performance
    • SSC Membership System - MAS
    • 2018-2019 Competitions Schedule
    • 2019 Canada Winter Games
    • Other business
      • SSC update
      • Oval update
      • Other updates
    • Elections of AASSA Executive
    • * Notice of AASSA Bank signatories
    • Notice - Aug. 19-20, 2018 Casino fundraiser in Calgary

Following the Formal AGM, there will be a brief AASSA 2018-2019 Executive Meeting

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AGM Weekend Accommodations:

  • Holiday Inn Express, 2803-50 Avenue (= Gaetz Avenue and Bower Mall), Red Deer; 403-343-2112; there is no block booking, but as of May 11th, still good availability
  • Main Hotel: Holiday Inn and Suites, Gasoline Alley, Red Deer; 33 Petrolia Drive; 403.348.8485 (as of May 11, 2018, the block booking is full)
  • Red Deer Lions Campground, 4723 Riverside Drive; https://www.reddeerlionscampground.com/ 

Click here to Register for the AGM Weekend

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

 

Alberta Speed Skating Awards

The list of 2017-2018 AASSA Athlete and Volunteer Awards Winners is below on this web page. Shown in the photo are the athlete award winners who were able to attend our May 26th banquet in Red Deer: Anneke, Hee Won, Anna, Kaleb, Brianne, Marika and Brendan.

Athlete awards May2018       

About the Awards:

Nominated Athlete Awards:

1) the Kevin Sirois Memorial Award (for Long Track Athletes) and

2) the Bruce Jones Memorial Award (for Short Track Athletes)

The Kevin Sirois and the Bruce Jones Memorial Awards will be presented to one long track-focussed and one short track-focussed skater who best exemplifies:

Scholastic Achievement
Athletic Achievement
Dedication
Perseverance
Positive Attitude
Enthusiasm
Sportsmanship
Positive Self-image
Positive Role Model

3) Mike Heitman Memorial Award

This award will be presented to an AASSA volunteer who has been outstanding in his or her contributions towards the sport of speed skating in the province of Alberta, and has demonstrated long term commitment in their current or past AASSA activities.

Result-Based Athlete Awards

The following awards are result-based and no nomination form is required. Award recipients will be determined based on the results as tabulated by the AASSA office using the AASSA/SSC National Rankings lists, ISU results and other relevant meet protocols.

Alberta Skater of the Year Award – Long Track (4 in total)
Male and Female Junior, Male and Female Senior

  • To be presented to Alberta’s most successful skaters, based on results during the past season.

Alberta Skater of the Year Award – Short Track (4 in total)
Male and Female Junior, Male and Female Senior

  • To be presented to Alberta’s most successful skaters, based on results during the past season.

Award Histories

Kevin Sirois Memorial Award (currently awarded to Alberta Long Track-focussed Athletes)

Kevin Sirois was on his way to becoming one of the few Canadians to compete in both winter (speed skating) and summer (cycling) Olympics in the same year. Kevin’s speed skating performance at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan found him placing 14th in the 10,000m and setting a Canadian record that would not be broken until 1982.

Upon returning to him home in Red Deer, Kevin started training for a spot on the Canadian Olympic cycling team for the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. However, on May 14, 1972, at the age of 23, Kevin was tragically killed in a cycling accident near Ponoka.

During his 17 years as a competitor, Kevin set over 20 Canadian speed skating records at both junior and senior levels, in races from 500 m to 5 miles. In 1971, Kevin competed in the Pan Am cycling competitions in Call, Columbia and toured Italy with the Canadian cycling team.

Kevin was the first recipient of the Canadian Amateur Speed Skating Association’s Skater of the Year Award in 1968, and was named Red Deer’s Athlete of the Year in both 1966 and 1971. Twenty-four days before his death, Kevin received the City of Edmonton Award for his outstanding contribution to both community and sport.

Kevin Sirois dedicated through training and professionalism has become a legacy for young Albertans. Following his death in 1972, two facilities were built in his name - The Kevin Sirois Fitness Testing and Training Centre in Red Deer and The Kevin Sirois Gymnasium at Red Deer College. The Annual Kevin Sirois Classic Provincial Cycling Race was first held in 1987 by the Alberta Cycling Association in Kevin’s honor.

On a final note, Kevin was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.

Bruce Jones Memorial Award (currently awarded to Alberta Short Track-focussed Athletes)

Bruce Jones was an accomplished skater and overall athlete and he was an excellent student when he passed away suddenly during a training ride. He left us too soon, and we honour his memory and his legacy of excellence through this award.

A promising talent in sprint, Bruce skated out of Edmonton and held a track record on the oval there (1000m). He studied law at the University of Alberta. On Sunday July 10th (the day of the Universiad cycling road race) Bruce went on a training ride with some of the Edmonton club skaters. The group showed up without Bruce who apparently had complained about a severe headache and had stopped at a farm for some water. His teammates retraced the route by car and found no signs of him. Later that day, Bruce's body was found on the side of the road. An autopsy later revealed that he had suffered a brain aneurism. Bruce skated with Willem Langenberg, Rob Grant and Arno Hoogveld amongst others, and is remembered with respect and fondness by all who knew him.

Bruce Douglas Andrew Jones, July 3rd, 1963 - July 10th, 1983

The memory of Bruce reminds us to live each day to the fullest, enjoying the moments and living with excellence - as Bruce did.

SSC Information for AB Clubs bidding for 2018-2019 SSC National Meets

Speed Skating Canada has published bid applications for the following events. Alberta Clubs interested in hosting one of these meets must complete the detailed application outlined in the following attachments, and submit them to AASSA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by April 18th. AASSA will evaluate club submissions and submit applications on behalf of AASSA to SSC.

Click on the following links for information about:

Canadian Open National Short Track Qualifier (Jr and Sr),  November 15-18, 2018

Canadian Junior Short Track Championships, December 14-16, 2018

Canadian Junior Long Track Championships / Canada Cup #3,  January 25-27, 2019

Canadian Age Class Long Track Championships (T2T), Feb. 9-10, 2019

2019 Canadian Junior Short Track Selections #2,  March 14-17, 2019

Canada West (T2T) Short Track Championships, March 23-24, 2019

All bids must be submitted by Alberta Clubs to AASSA (to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 in order for AASSA to evaluate the bids and provide nominations to SSC by their deadline, April 23rd and 24th. If you have any questions or would like assistance with a bid, contact AASSA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).