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2019-2020

2020 AASSA Casino Fundraising Event Volunteers Needed!

AASSA Casino at Elbow River in Calgary on Wednesday October 7 & Thursday October 8, 2020. 

Casinos are the largest fundraiser for AASSA, contributing approximately $70,000 every two years or $2,000 for every shift.

We are looking at filling 36 positions plus alternates and would appreciate everyone’s help.

Our casino advisors will train volunteers in all positions, so no experience is necessary for any of the positions. 

Please sign up here VOLUNTEER SIGN UP by Friday September 25, 2020.  Also please complete the Casino Worker Application form (attached) if you sign up for one of the following positions: General Manager, Alternate General Manager, Banker, Count Room Supervisor or Banker.  Remember to sign the form and indicate whether you have even been charged or convicted of a criminal offense. Please return the completed form by Friday September 25 to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the Casino Chair, Josie Daub at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We apologize for the short notice but AASSA was only recently informed of its casino dates and given very little time to get organized.  Thank you for your understanding.

Further details will be provided to as we get closer to the date.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Casino Chair, Josie Daub at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SSC (ICERG) Training Session

SSC (Icereg) will be hosting additional training sessions for all SSC's clubs, and PSTO Clubs for the next 3 weeks at least. For now the main goal of these will be to give an overview of our technology to every Icereg administrators (we will try to be flexible and maybe focus on a specific topic if it requested).
These meetings will be open to every Icereg administrator (Clubs or PSO/NSO), here are the dates and time:

Membership and Fees - including IceReg updates

August 19, 2020 Update:

AASSA has set up the Branch (provincial) information on IceReg, SSC's new Interpodia membership management system. SSC, AASSA and Alberta Clubs will be using IceReg as official membership records in 2020-2021. Some clubs may choose to continue to use also other registration systems, but these clubs will need to input / upload all official club membership data to IceReg as this is the official record of membership to an accredited Club through affiliation with the Alberta Branch and SSC. IceReg has many value-added features that we will be exploring this season.

Clubs have been provided with the most recent IceReg (Interpodia) information for Alberta Clubs through email (August 17 IceReg Club Onboarding Guide). 

You may also click here to view the August 17, 2020 Alberta version of the IceReg Club Onboarding Guide.

We will update information as soon as possible. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as needed. Thank you!

 

SSC and AASSA 2020-2021 Membership Fees

SSC Categories

SSC Fee

AASSA Fee Descriptions: www.speedskating.ca/resources/Classes_members_skaters_supporters
Elite $63 $100 A skater who competes in International and/or Domestic sanctioned competitions i.e. SSC National Championships (Age Class, Junior, Senior), Canada Cups, North Americans, Canada Winter Games and Selection events in Canada.
Competitive $42 $70 A skater who competes in any other SSC or Branch sanctioned competition.
Participant $21 $70

A skater who is a member of a Canadian speed skating club who does not compete in a sanctioned event.

Note: Skaters in the Participant category who want to do a home-club sanctioned competition could be Participant + Special Event (two categories). If they do other sanctioned meets, they should be upgraded to Competitive or Elite, with applicable fees.

Coach $6.50 $15 A member of a Canadian speed skating club who contributes as a coach, who does not participate as a skating member.
Official  $6.50 $15  A member of a Canadian speed skating club who contributes as an official, who does not participate as a skating member.
Parent/Volunteer  $6.50 $15  A member of a Canadian speed skating club who contributes as a volunteer or parent, who does not participate as a skating member.
Introductory $6.50 $10 A skater who participates in a Learn to Skate or Student program from 16 -23 weeks conducted by clubs to provide the participant with an introduction to speed skating. Note: Introductory can include a home-club competition the first year; after that, the continuing skaters should be registered as participants or competitive.
Event $1 $2 A skater who participates in an individual sanctioned competition or special event.

 

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SSC and AASSA 2019-2020 Membership Fees for 2019-2020

The membership fees are listed below on this page. 

Additional fees include:

  • a $300 per season Alberta Club Affiliation fee paid to AASSA
  • a $1.04 per member manual payment transaction fee for MANUAL registration transactions in MAS
  • per transaction fees for ONLINE payments within MAS, including a $0.35 transaction fee, plus 3.95% of the registration fee. Full details of online service fees can be found on the SSC MAS page.

2019-2020 AASSA and SSC Category Descriptions and Fees

Note: The previous “Associate” category has been subdivided into three new categories (coach, official, parent/volunteer) as indicated below.

SSC Categories SSC Fee AASSA Fee Descriptions: www.speedskating.ca/resources/Classes_members_skaters_supporters
Elite $60 $100 A skater who competes in International and/or Domestic sanctioned competitions i.e. SSC National Championships (Age Class, Junior, Senior), Canada Cups, North Americans, Canada Winter Games and Selection events in Canada.
Competitive $40 $70 A skater who competes in any other SSC or Branch sanctioned competition.
Participant $20 $70

A skater who is a member of a Canadian speed skating club who does not compete in a sanctioned event.

Note: Skaters in the Participant category who want to do a home-club sanctioned competition could be Participant + Special Event (two categories). If they do other sanctioned meets, they should be upgraded to Competitive or Elite, with applicable fees.

Coach $6 $15 A member of a Canadian speed skating club who contributes as a coach, who does not participate as a skating member.
Official  $6 $15  A member of a Canadian speed skating club who contributes as an official, who does not participate as a skating member.
Parent/Volunteer  $6 $15  A member of a Canadian speed skating club who contributes as a volunteer or parent, who does not participate as a skating member.
Introductory $6 $10 A skater who participates in a Learn to Skate or Student program from 16 -23 weeks conducted by clubs to provide the participant with an introduction to speed skating. Note: Introductory can include a home-club competition the first year; after that, the continuing skaters should be registered as participants or competitive.
Event $0 $2 A skater who participates in an individual sanctioned competition or special event.

 

 

 

COVID-19 Return to Speed Skating Update, August 19, 2020

Update: August 19th

Speed Skating Canada is waiting for the International Skating Union's decisions about the 2020-2021 season before announcing SSC decisions regarding the national competition schedule and Canada's participation in or hosting of any potential international competitions. Alberta Speed Skating will be paying close attention to these decisions and responding accordingly. Further updates are expected on or around September 1st.

Click on the following text to access these documents:

SSC's tentative 2020-2021 Season Competition Schedule (national and international)

SSC's Competition Contingency Plan, 19 August 2020 

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The Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association updated the organization's response to the COVID-19 pandemic in July 2020 with a Return to Sport guideline.

Click here to access the full AASSA Return to Sport July 2020 document.

The July 2020 AASSA Return to Sport document includes:

5 Phases of the Return to Speed Skating plan:

  • General Activity Requirements (AHS)
  • General Requirements (Alberta Speed Skating)
  • Health and Safety Requirements
  • Club Office Guidance
  • Phase 1: Dryland Training (Individual)
  • Phase 2: Dryland Training (Group)
  • Phase 3: On-Ice Training (with restrictions)
  • Phase 4: Competitions (with restrictions)
  • Phase 5: To be determined (TBD) and Next Steps

The Return to Sport July 2020 document also includes several appendices:

  • Group Training Checklist
  • Alberta Health Daily Checklist
  • Club Declaration Form
  • COVID-19 Liaison
  • Contact Tracing Log

Please contact AASSA President Antonio Faiola via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about AASSA's Return to Sport document and overall approach to safely return to speed skating in Alberta.

 

 

Alberta Provincial Team

Click here to access the 2020-2021 Alberta Provincial Team list in PDF.

The 2019-2020 PT Criteria (v. 9) is still relevant for items such as residency requirements. We will add a full 2020-2021 PT manual to this site very soon.
Click here to access the 2019-2020 PT Criteria for 2020-2021 residency requirements. If you have any questions regarding criteria, please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2020-2021 Alberta Speed Skaters receiving National Own the Podium Funding
and /or on the National Senior/Elite, or LT NextGen and ST Development Teams (to be confirmed by SSC for 2020-2021):

Long Track: Ted-Jan Bloemen  Short Track: Keil Hillis
  Gilmore Junio    Matej Pederson 
  Kaylin Irvine     
  Connor Howe    
  Kaleb Muller     
  Brooklyn McDougall     
  Maddison Pearman     
  Frank Roth    

2020-2021 Alberta Provincial Team

With feedback from coaches, athletes and other stakeholders, the Skater Development Committee reviewed the Alberta Provincial Team criteria and have slightly adjusted this criteria and categories for the 2020-2021 season. New team categories include the following ranking levels: A (A1, A2, A3), B (B1, B2) and Development Teams in both Short Track (ST) and Long Track (LT).

Please click here to access a PDF version of the 2019-2020 Provincial Team List

A1 Level

Paul Coderre LT Hee Won Son ST (LT: A3)
Max Halyk LT Brendan Yamada ST
Neithan Thomas ST    

A2 Level

Mathias Bathe LT Annika Johnston ST
Cezara Bere ST Cody Miller LT
Victoria Goplen ST (LT:DEV) Yankun Zhao ST  (LT:B1)
Josh Hathaway LT    

A3 Level

Hayleigh Bell LT Zachary Lacroix LT
Anna Bourgeois LT Wesley O'Brien ST
Jack Deibert LT David Seal ST
Hobbes Holzer LT Isaac Sherwood ST

B1 Level

Abbey Young   Alexandra Volstad ST
Cassidy Peterson LT Kaeden Witkowski LT
Max Poulin      

B2 Level

Zuzana Nedeljakova LT Logan Toblan LT
Ahmed Sbeiti ST Lili Wilz ST

Development Team Level (Junior only)

Finn Borstmayer ST Cody James Miller ST
Jalen Doan ST Erin Padbury ST
Mikka Eaves ST Caitlin Pelkey LT
Jared Farquharson LT Ryan St. Rose ST
Elliot Kellough ST Sandeep Varnasooriya ST
Maya Lueders ST Arman Virani ST
Zoe Lueders LT    

Alberta Skater changes regarding Competetive Skating 2020-2021 (to be confirmed):

Benjamin Côté ST, retired
Caitlin Pelkey ST, retired; continuing on PT in LT
Keira Poelzer LT, retired
Sam Pollock LT, retired
Robert Winter LT, retired
Molly Young ST, LT, retired

 

 

Alberta Speed Skating Awards

It is time to celebrate! We will be announcing the winners of the three AASSA 2019-2020 nominations-based awards very soon, 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.

The Alberta athlete results-based awards for 2019-2020 have been calculated by the Alberta Speed Skating Skater Development Committee and will be announced by the Board soon too.

This photo below includes some of the members of our 2018-2019 Kevin Sirois and Bruce Jones Memorial Award-winning 2019 Canada Winter Games Long Track and Short Track Teams (Max Halyk, Kaleb Muller, Mathias Bathe, Paul Coderre, Joshua Hathaway, Cassidy Peterson and Anna Bourgeios)

some 2018 2019 award winners

Recent Award Winners

2018-2019 Season:

Mike Heitman Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteerism: Andrew Jenkins

Kevin Sirois Memorial Award (for LT Athletes):

Team Alberta Long Track at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, including Kaleb Muller, Joshua Hathaway, Paul Coderre, Max Halyk, Brooklyn McDougall, Cassidy Peterson, Anna Bourgeois and Kayla McNeely (pictured below, left)

Bruce Jones Memorial Award (for ST Athletes):

Team Alberta Short Track at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, including Brendan Yamada, Matej Pederson, Neithan Thomas, Mathias Bathe, Benjamin Cote, Caitlin Pelkey, Hee Won Son, Cezara Bere,Victoria Goplen (pictured below, right) and Molly Young.
 

2018-2019 Long Track Results-Based Awards:

Open Male: Ted-Jan Bloemen
Open Female: Brooklyn McDougall
Junior Male: Connor Howe
Junior Female: Zuzana Nedeljakova

2018-2019 Short Track Results Based Awards:

Open Male: Matej Pederson
Open Female: Hee Won Son
Junior Male: Brendan Yamada
Junior Female: Cezara Bere

Further Information and History 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:

Kayla McNeely co winner of the 2018 2019 Kevin Sirois Award                           Scholastic Achievement
Athletic Achievement
Dedication
Perseverance
Positive Attitude
Enthusiasm
Sportsmanship
Positive Self-image
Positive Role Model
                    Victoria Goplen w AASSA award 2018 2019cropped
         


Kevin Sirois Memorial Awards

2018-2019: Team Alberta Long Track at the 2019 Canada Winter Games 
2017-2018: Anna Bourgeois
2016-2017: Brooklyn McDougall
2015-2016: Connor Howe
2014-2015: Adeline Maunder

Bruce Jones Memorial Awards:

2018-2019: Team Alberta Short Track at the 2019 Canada Winter Games
2017-2018: Anneke Pederson
2016-2017: Keil Hillis
2015-2016: [not awarded]
2014-2015: Sam Pollock

Nominated Mike Heitman Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteerism

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.

2018-2019: Andrew Jenkins (shown right)


2017-2018: Michelle and Jules Chabot


2016-2017: Larry Howe


2015-2016: Shawna Pearman


2014-2015: Werner Meyer

Andrew Jenkins at Setters Place
   

Results-Based Athlete Awards

The following awards are results-based and no nomination form is required. Award recipients will be determined based on the results as tabulated by AASSA using national and international competition results and rankings (AASSA, SSC and ISU results and other relevant, official meet protocols).

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

To be presented to Alberta’s most successful long track athletes, based on results achieved during the past season.

2018-2019:
Male Open: Ted-Jan Bloemen
Female Open: Brooklyn McDougall
Male Junior: Connor Howe
Female Junior: Zuzana Nedeljakova

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

To be presented to Alberta’s most successful short track athletes, based on results achieved during the past season.

2018-2019:
Male Open: Matej Pederson
Female Open: Hee Won Son
Male Junior: Brendan Yamada
Female Junior: Cezara Bere

Note: The results-based athlete awards were categorized as "Junior" and "Senior" in the past. If a Junior athlete was awarded the Open (or Senior) results award, the next-ranked athlete in the category is/was awarded the Junior award.

Male Senior Long Track:
2017-2018: Ted-Jan Bloemen
2016-2017: Ted-Jan Bloemen
2015-2016: Ted-Jan Bloemen
2014-2015: Gilmore Junio

Female Senior Long Track:
2017-2018: Brianne Tutt
2016-2017: Kaylin Irvine
2015-2016: Kaylin Irvine
2014-2015: Jessica Gregg

Male Senior Short Track:
2017-2018: Keil Hillis
2016-2017: Keil Hillis
2015-2016: Sasha Fathoullin
2014-2015: Keil Hillis

Female Senior Short Track:
2017-2018: Marika Nadal
2016-2017: Marika Nadal
2015-2016: Marika Nadal
2014-2015: Marika Nadal

Male Junior Long Track:
2017-2018: Kaleb Muller
2016-2017: Connor Howe
2015-2016: Dylan White
2014-2015: Alex Ruel-Garvey

Female Junior Long Track:
2017-2018: Brooklyn McDougall
2016-2017: Brooklyn McDougall
2015-2016: Hee Won Son
2014-2015: Maddison Pearman

Male Junior Short Track:
2017-2018: Brendan Yamada
2016-2017: Brendan Yamada
2015-2016: Paul Coderre
2014-2015: Sasha Fathoullin

Female Junior Short Track:
2017-2018: Hee Won Son
2016-2017: Hee Won Son
2015-2016: Hee Won Son
2014-2015: Cassidy Peterson

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.

Mike Heitman Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteer Contributions to Speed Skating in Alberta

Mike Heitman was a talented competitive speed skater from Red Deer in the 1970s. He had a short skating career and life, but he left strong, positive impressions with those who knew him. As is typical in our sport, he and his family were dedicated volunteers and we are pleased to honour other volunteers in Mike's name.