The Alberta speed skating high performance long track program (HPP) is funded in part from the Alberta Sport Connection through its high performance coach Grant. While fulfilling the requirements of the Alberta Sport Connection’s HP Coach Grant, the program also aims to offer our Alberta skaters and option for high-performance long track that meets their individual needs.
The Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association’s vision is to give all Alberta speed skaters opportunity to reach their full potential. Our high-performance program helps each skater in the program reach their full potential by providing training tailored to meet their individual development needs, based on their developmental gaps or capacities for training, with careful attention paid to their training and skating background.
The long track focussed program runs two training groups out of the Olympic Oval, one on the "B" ice and one on the "A" ice. The program targets a range of skaters, from those looking to make the next step from what their club can provide in terms of training load or long track ice availability, to skaters looking at progressing to the National team level.
Alberta HPP Coaches for 2018-19 are:
Mike Marshall – AASSA Provincial Coach/Technical Director and former Canadian National Team/Olympic team Long Track Coach.
Mike Ireland – certified Competition Development level coach and former Canadian National Long Track Team member and World Sprint Champion; Mike has coaching experience at various levels including recent experience as a Team Canada Coach at the 2018 World Junior Long Track Championships.
HPP sessions are designed to maximize coaching time spent with each skater. Technical development is one of the key gaps that are addressed early so that skaters can maximize the investment that goes into their physiological development. Skaters will have access to sport science such as physiological testing, sport psychology and nutrition with funding provided for these areas by Alberta Sport Development Centre Calgary. Short track speed skating training will also be utilized as training when possible.
We strongly believe that the entry pathway into high performance speed skating should be highly accessible, giving as many of our aspiring Alberta speed skaters the opportunity to see what they can accomplish if given the support. We will work to fit the program to their needs, adapting to their school load or other sports for the younger skaters.
Alberta HPP fees for 2018-19 (payable to AASSA; fees include GST):
Full-time Program fees payments due: one-half by June 15, 2018; one-half by Sept. 1, 2018
Drop-In fees to be paid: at the beginning of each drop in period
Entry Level: $810
- Entry Level = Generally skaters still in high school, or coming from a club in the previous season, or not yet ready for a full-time stage 3-level training load.
Full Time HPP / Stage 3-4-level: $1850
Drop-In (any stage): $12/day; $60/week; $200/4 weeks
Ice access and weight room access fees are paid to the Olympic Oval: 2018-2019 Season Pass for Canadians - $2,717
- Please contact the Olympic Oval or see their website for updates on schedules, policies and access fees.
- Olympic Oval: 403-220-7954 http://schedules.oval.ucalgary.ca/PublicHPLT.aspx
Required Alberta HPP Forms:
Photo below features Alberta HPP Coach, Mike Ireland (upper left) with three 2017-2018 Alberta HPP athletes as part of Team Canada World Juniors - Brooklyn McDougall (2018 Canadian Champion; front, centre), Kaleb Muller (front, right) and Connor Howe (back, right).