Arctic Winter Games Trials – Registration Process

2020 Arctic Winter Games

All of the following information can be found at

Deadline for registration is DECEMBER 20th!

Please follow the links below to register:

Here are the 3 steps to complete registration.



Step 1: Click respective link below to complete registration online.





Step 2: Submit the consent forms to your regional coordinator!

After following the link, consent forms need to be printed, signed and sent to your regions coordiantor, see below;

North Slave:  Bill Othmer, 867-669-8336

Mackenzie: Val Gendron, 867-688-0496

South Slave: JJ Hirst, 867-688-0496

Beaufort Delta & Sahtu: Colin Pybus, 905-401-4675 & Stacey Christie, 867-678-0645


Step 3: Go to to pay for your registration – $150

Summer Camp BBQ & AGM!

Join us for a BBQ at the Yellowknife Ski Club on Saturday Aug 24th @6:00 pm

Burgers, hot dogs and beverages will be provided by the NWTASSA!

Please feel free to bring a side or dessert to share

NWTASSA AGM will be held during the BBQ from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Positions up for election are;

  • President (2 year term)
  • Secretary (2 year term)
  • Treasurer (1 year term)

If you have any questions please contact Andrew –

Register now for our 2019 Summer Camp!

Registration for NWT Speed Skating’s summer camp is open until July 31, 2019.

The camp runs from August 21st – 25th in Yellowknife, with experienced coaches providing young skaters with a mix of on-ice and dry-land training each day. Our coaches this year are Kaylin Irvine (2x olympian!) and Jacob Graham (current national team member!)

Group 1 skaters pay $65 total for the five days. Skaters in Group 1 are usually aged 12-17, have some competition experience, and are working towards being a competitive skater at southern events.

Group 2 skaters pay $50 total for the five days. Skaters in Group 2 are usually aged 9-13, have less or no competition experience, and are focusing on developing their skills.

Register now, click on the link below!

If you are unsure which of the two groups is the most appropriate for your child, check with their club coach for advice. If still unsure, contact NWT Speed Skating and we will make a recommendation on your behalf.

Please have your payment ready – in cash or as a cheque payable to NWTASSA – when you drop off your child on the opening day of the camp.

For any other questions about the camp, contact NWT Speed Skating and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

Registration closes on July 31th. No late registrations will be accepted and there are no refunds available for cancellations after this date.

NWT Championships 2019 Race Protocol

Congratulations to everyone from Hay River, Inuvik, Fort Simpson, and Yellowknife who participated in our 2019 NWT Championships this past weekend.

The race protocol, containing full results, can be downloaded here.

See you next year and good luck to our athletes heading to Junior 2 in Sherbrooke, QC and CanWest in Grande Prairie, AB!

NWTASSA Announces Team NT heading to CanWest

The NWT Amateur Speed Skating Association (NWTASSA) is proud to announce the Speed Skating Team NT representing the Northwest Territories at the 2019 Canada West Short Track Championships in Grande Prairie, AB.

Seigna Hult-Griffin – Inuvik
Kali Skauge – Yellowknife

Sage Acorn – Yellowknife
Luke Dizon – Yellowknife
Lachlan MacGillivray – Yellowknife
Kaleb Picek – Inuvik

COACH: Kerry Egan, Yellowknife
MANAGER: Jon-Paul Picek, Inuvik

ST CanWest, a T2T event, will be hosted by the Grande Prairie Peace Wapiti Speed Skating Club at the Coca-Cola Center in Grande Prairie, AB.

For more information on Speed Skating Team NT contact NWTASSA:
Melanie Thompson

2019 NWT Speed Skating Championships

The NWT Amateur Speed Skating Association invites you to attend the 2019 NWT Speed Skating Championships, March 9-10, 2019 in Yellowknife, NT. 


Download the Championships Information Package and Waiver (waiver is included in the online registration)

About the Meet: 

  • Ability format. Skaters will be ranked based on seed times, and groups will be selected based on these seed time rankings. This is a modified ability meet, meaning that skaters will race against boys and girls with similar seed times to their own. 
  • Relays will be skated if there is time at the end of the competition. Relay team selection will be discussed at the Coaches Meeting.
  • Skaters aged 5 and under (on or before June 30, 2018) are in the Rocket category and skate only at lunch on March 9. Skaters aged 6 and up race all day. 
  • All skaters must wear the required gear or they will not be permitted to race
    • Rockets: ASTM F 1849 certified helmets or CSA-approved helmets (those used for hockey, snowboard/ski and skateboarding only), cut-resistant gloves or mitts, and knee pads. 
    • All other skaters must wear the following protective equipment: ASTM F 1849 certified helmets 2or CSA-approved helemts, safety glasses with strap, bib-style neck guard, cut-resistant gloves or mitts, knee pads, and shin pads. 
    • Skaters T2T and older must wear a cut-resistant undersuit or cut-resistant skin suit. 

Online Registration (includes waiver):
Fees: All divisions $45/skater; Rockets are FREE! 1

  1. Clubs outside of Yellowknife 
    • Make cheques payable to NWT Amateur Speed Skating Association (NWTASSA)
    • One cheque per club 
  2. Yellowknife Club 
    • Payment may be made by cash, cheque (payable to the Yellowknife Speed Skating Club) or EMT (send to Please be sure to use the password “yellowknife” and indicated which skater your transfer is for.)

Entry Format and Deadline:

  • Coach or Club representative: Please complete one summary sheet per club including seed times for all skaters
  • Email summary sheets to NWTASSA Sport Director, at by midnight Monday, Febraury 25, 2019
  • Any changes or potential scratches should be sent as soon as possible. 

Late entries are not guaranteed participation. If participation is possible, the registration fee will be double. 

We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 NWT Speed Skating Championships. 

For more information contact NWTASSA Sport Director:
Melanie Thompson / Sport Director / 867-446-0000

Funding/Scholarships Available for Speed Skaters

Speed Skating Canada is raising awareness about three external funding opportunities for athletes and alumni of our sport. Read on to find out if you are eligible for funding.

Beatrice Noble Memorial Speed Skating Scholarship

Three $1,000 USD scholarships (to cover expenses associated with participation in the sport) awarded to speed skaters aged 18 and under in the US and Canada who are living with a chronic medical condition. Last year, two of the three recipients were Canadian athletes!

Deadline to apply: March 1, 2019

For more information:

OLY Canada Legacy Grant Program

A pilot program created by the Canadian Olympic Committee that will award five $5,000 grants to retired Olympians leading a not-for-profit project in their community (examples include sport camps and clinics, mentoring, school visits, podcasts, etc.).

Deadline to apply: February 22, 2019

For more information:

Lyle Makosky Values and Ethics in Sport Fund

A sport studies scholarship (two $2,000 grants) intended to stimulate thoughtful examination of values-based and ethical sport. Eligible recipients include high-performance athletes enrolled at a Canadian university who are interested in completing a project or study in sport values and ethics.

Deadline to apply: April 30, 2019

For more information:

NWTASSA Announces Team NT

The NWT Amateur Speed Skating Association (NWTASSA) is proud to announce the Speed Skating Team NT representing the Northwest Territories at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, AB.

Wren Acorn – Yellowknife
Daphne Cloutier – Yellowknife

Lance Dizon – Yellowknife
Stryden Hult-Griffin – Inuvik
Dalton McLeod – Inuvik
Braeden Picek – Inuvik
Sylvain Rourke – Yellowknife

The Team just finished up their Winter camp on Sunday January 6 in Yellowknife. They will be traveling to the Western Elite Competition (WEC) #3 in Calgary, January 17-20 for the Team’s final tune up before Red Deer.

Short Track Speed Skating is in week one of the Games. It will be hosted at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at the 2019 Canada Winter Games. For more information on the full Team NT attending the Games, contact Sport North.

For more information on Speed Skating Team NT contact NWTASSA:
Melanie Thompson

NWTASSA 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

On behalf of the NWT Amateur Speed Skating Association Board Members, it is with great pleasure that we announce our 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. This plan will provide a guiding direction over the next four years.

The plan is intended to grow the Association and deliver a more transparent and accessible Association to Clubs, Athletes, Coaches, Parents and Volunteers. The plan sets forth strategies on how we will reach our goals set for our Association.

Please review the plan and provide us with any feedback or questions you may have. Click here to review the Strategic Plan at a Glance.

To view the full Strategic Plan, visit

For more information contact:

Melanie Thompson
NWTASSA Sport Director

Big THANKS to Kathy Mahler

This past week the YK Speed Skating Club had a farewell dinner for Kathy Mahler. Kathy has been a Speed Skating volunteer for 25+ years in Yellowknife.
Her and her family’s commitment to Speed Skating is next level – all avid volunteers of the sport. Kathy volunteers regularly as a timer and place judge at meets, her kids three kids participated in Speed Skating with all of them attending the Canada Winter Games, Kirsten Mahler is NWTASSA’s Secretary, Rebecca is coaching with the YK Club and the Club has a memorial award in Ralph Mahler’s name.
A family deserving of so many thanks to the contribution you have made to the sport of Speed Skating! THANK YOU!
A thank you to those long time Speed Skate families and volunteers featured in the photo:
Pam Dunbar and David Gilday
Robin and Colleen Greig
Kathy and Mike Vaydik
Barry and Louise Henkel
Linda and Eric Bussey
Didier Bourgeois
Janice Laycock

YK Speed Skating Club says farewell to long-time volunteer Kathy Mahler