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2017-2018

Alberta Speed Skating Awards

Results-based awards for 2018-2019 will be announced soon. We are currently accepting nominations for the three AASSA nominations-based awards, one for volunteerism and two athlete-based overall achievement awards (one for short track and one for long track). The descriptions are below, along with some of our past winners' names.

Nominations for the Kevin Sirois, Bruce Jones and Mike Heitman Memorial Awards will be accepted until May 15, 2019. Please send your nominations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include your name and contact details; the nominated recipient's name and contact details and why you believe that individual(s) deserves the award.

This photo includes some of our 2017-2018 AASSA Award winners:  Anneke Pederson, Hee Won Son, Anna Bourgeois, Kaleb Muller, Brianne Tutt, Marika Nadal and Brendan Yamada.

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.

West Edmonton Mall Fun Meet, March 24, 2018

8587184055 0c342fbbed z8587556334 f569edab84 zThe Edmonton Speed Skating Association was proud to host skaters from across the province to their annual West Edmonton Mall meet on March 24, 2018. A short track meet 100m oval on an NHL-sized ice surface at West Edmonton Mall's Ice Palace. Skaters chose three distances to race during the event. Relays and other fun races were also in the program.

The most fun on ice you'll have all year!

WEM Results 2018

WEM Registration Form 2018

WEM summary sheet 2018

WEM meet marshalling 2018

 

2018 Arctic Winter Games (ArWG), March 18-24, 2018

The 2018 Arctic Winter Games were hosted in the South Slave area of the Canadian North West Territories, March 18-24, 2018. Short track speed skating was the Games speed skating event and was held at the Fort Smith Centennial Arena in the community of Fort Smith.

The Games theme was Find Your Power and the ArWG 2018 web site is: https://awg2018.org/

Eligible Alberta skaters come from the two most northern Speed Skating Clubs, Peace Wapiti (Grande Prairie) and Northern Lights (Peace River). Congratulations to Team members: Brielle Schoorlemmer, Teneea Schoorlemmer, Dori MacLennan, Hayley Ferguson, Bennett Winniky-Lewis, Ranslee MacLennan, Anthony Guenther and Deklan Hewlett.

Highlights of Team Alberta North’s achievements included personal bests by all the athletes and some stellar performances led by Alberta Provincial Team member, Teneea Schoorlemmer, who earned gold in all four individual distances as well as the Junior Female relay; Dori MacLennan had three podium finishes in bronze position (500, 777 and 1500) and a close fourth place in the 1000; Dori also helped win the Junior Female Relay Gold medal with teammate Hayley Ferguson; Teneea’s sister, Brielle, earned two bronze medals (400m and 1500m) and two fourth places finishes in the Juvenile Female category. The Junior Male team, Bennett Winniky-Lewis, Deklan Hewlett, Ranslee MacLennan and Anthony Guenther, earned a bronze medal in the relay. Teneea had the honour of carrying Alberta’s flag in the closing ceremony.

Click here for full Arctice Winter Games 2018 Results 

ArWG 2018 mascot Serena Ryder Be the Ones poster ArWG 2018

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The Arctic Winter Games Speed Skating Technical Package is available here:

https://awg2018.org/en/sports/speed-skating 

Canada West Short Track Championships (CanWest), Abbotsford, BC, March 17-18, 2018

Speed Skating Canada, the BC Speed Skating Association and the Mission Speed Skating Club hosted the Canada West Short Track Championships 2018 in Abbotsford, BC, March 17-18, 2018.

Congratulations Everyone!  Full results are on the Speed Skating Canada web site here: 

http://www.speedskating.ca/events/st-canada-west-short-track-championships-abbotsford-bc 

Alberta Skaters placing in the TOP 10 Overall at CanWest 2018:

T2T 11 Female: Alexandra Volstad (Calgary SSA; 2nd overall), Mikka Eaves (Lethbridge SSA; 5th), Lili Wilz (Banff/Canmore SSC ; 6th), Maya Lueders (Calgary Grizzlies; 7th), Darby Beeson (Calgary Grizzlies; 8th) and Heidi Moores (Calgary SSA; 9th).

T2T 12 Female: Annika Johnston (Calgary SSA; 1st overall), Erin Padbury (Edmonton SSA; 4th overall) and Jayva Andersen (Lloydminster Border Blades; 9th)

T2T 12 Male: Max Poulin (Calgary Grizzlies; 6th overall), Arman Virani (Calgary SSA; 7th), Ahmed Sbeiti (Calgary SSA; 8th)

T2T 13 Female: Cezara Bere (Edmonton SSA; 1st overall), Ivy Bao (Calgary SSA; 2nd), Preslee Muller (Lethbridge SSA; 4th), Sarah Feschuk (Calgary SSA; 5th) and Elliot Kellough (Calgary SSA; 7th)

T2T 13 Male: Yankun Zhao (Calgary Grizzlies; 6th overall), Finn Borstmayer (Banff/Canmore SSC; 7th), Levi Schoorlemmer (Peace Wapiti SSC, 9th)

T2T 14 Female: Jasmine Belisle (Lethbridge SSA; 8th overall)

T2T 14 Male: Max Krabben (Rocky Mountain House SSC, 3rd overall), Wesley O’Brien (Calgary Grizzlies; 4th), Seth Muller (Lethbridge SSA, 10th)

T2T 15 Male: David Seal (Edmonton SSA; 2nd overall), Joshua Kowal (Calgary Grizzlies; 6th), Logan Toblan (Calgary SSA, 7th), Jared Farquharson (Calgary Grizzlies; 9th)

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This meet is intended for T2T and Junior athletes who have not qualified for the National Junior Short Track competitions.

Alberta Speed Skating will submit entries for our Branch, once the qualified list is determined.

Skaters opting to go to CanWest need to PAY THE $90 FEE DIRECTLY TO THE HOST CLUB, THE MISSION RACERS SPEED SKATING CLUB:

Mission Racers Speed Skating Club 33105 Best Ave Mission BC V2V 2S9

Or Bring the $90 fee to registration in Mission

Click here for the revised Alberta Skater CanWest Final Ranking List, 7Mar2018

Click here for CanWest 2018 official meet details

The CanWest web site: http://www.canwestshorttrack.ca/

  •  Banquet details are also on this web site; register and pay for the banquet directly with the Mission Racers