Skaters at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games

Photos from the 2018 Arctic Winter Games

Team NT returns from the 2018 Arctic Winter Games with a haul of 20 ulus in short track speed skating, including four titles. Congratulations to our coaching staff and all our athletes!

Braeden Picek, from the Inuvik club, won the 1000m and 1500m junior male gold ulus. Dalton McLeod, also from Inuvik, won the junior male 777m contest, and the junior male relay team also took gold.

Luke Dizon, Daphne Cloutier, Dalton McLeod, and Grace Clark all won individual silver ulus, while there were second-place finishes for the junior female and juvenile male relay teams.

Bronze ulus went to Kaleb Picek, Braeden Picek, Dalton McLeod, Seigna Hult-Griffin, Luke Dizon, and Daphne Cloutier, alongside the juvenile female relay team.

NWT Speed Skating thanks all athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers for their part in an enjoyable, friendly, and memorable week of racing. Thank you to the community of Fort Smith for your wonderful work as hosts – we are excited to bring more speed skating to the South Slave in the near future.

To see photos from the Games, head to our Facebook page. Enjoy!

Team NT speed skaters

Team NT’s skaters win six ulus on day one of AWG 2018

Inuvik club skaters Braeden Picek and Dalton McLeod celebrated a one-two finish as the NWT put six ulus on the board in the team’s first finals at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games in Fort Smith.

Picek beat McLeod to gold in the junior male 1,000m final, while Grace Clark and Daphne Cloutier collected silver and bronze for the territory in the women’s equivalent.

Seigna Hult-Griffin and Luke Dizon were both bronze medallists in the juvenile 1,000m races.

You can read more from Cabin Radio, including video interviews, here.

NWT Speed Skating thanks all the officials, volunteers, coaches, athletes and spectators who are making our home Arctic Winter Games such a great spectacle so far! We appreciate the thousands of hours of preparation and dedication that have gone into the hosting of this event.

Looking forward to more great racing on Tuesday and throughout the week.

NWT Championships 2018 race protocol

Congratulations to everyone from Inuvik, Fort Simpson, and Yellowknife who participated in our 2018 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 Arctic Winter Games!

CanWest 2018: Call for Coaches

NWT Speed Skating invites applications for two coaching positions at the 2018 Canada West Championships in Abbotsford, BC.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the NWT’s leading young speed skaters at a key development event in the annual calendar, taking place on March 17-18, 2018.

Please download the NWT Speed Skating Selection Policy and this Speed Skating Canada Competitions Bulletin before applying.

Coaches must:

• be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, or eligible for and able to demonstrate active pursuit of Canadian citizenship;
• have been continuously resident in the Northwest Territories for at least six months prior to the start of the event for which they are selected; or
• if attending school or otherwise temporarily resident outside the NWT, be able to demonstrate to NWTASSA’s satisfaction that the territory remains their home residence;
• be members in good standing with NWTASSA;
• agree to be bound by the NWTASSA Code of Conduct and any other applicable (e.g. Speed Skating Canada) code of conduct;
• once selected, hold regular training sessions and maintain communication with athletes representing the Northwest Territories.

Importantly, coaches must hold at least Introduction to Competition NCCP certification to be eligible for consideration.

Applications will be considered by NWTASSA according to the following criteria:

• Speed skating qualifications achieved to date;
• Experience as a coach, manager and/or athlete;
• Active involvement with speed skating in the NWT;
• Fulfilment of all eligibility criteria in this policy and Speed Skating Canada’s Competitions Bulletin.

To apply:

Coaches must use this form to apply online, or may print the form and submit a paper version to NWT Speed Skating, Box 2664, Yellowknife, X1A 2P9.

Successful applicants must be available to coach at CanWest in Abbotsford, BC, on March 17-18, 2018, as well as a training day on March 16 at the same venue and adjacent travel days.

Applications must be received by 10pm mountain time on Wednesday, January 10, 2017.

 

Wren Acorn at 2017 NWT Speed Skating Summer Camp

Wren Acorn takes part in Canadian Junior Championships

NWT Speed Skating’s Wren Acorn finished 22nd overall, in a field of 32, on her debut at Canadian Junior Championship level.

Wren is in the first of five years of eligibility for Canadian Juniors, in which the country’s top skaters aged 14 to 18 race for places in the Canadian team for the World Junior Championships. She was the best-performing of four 14-year-olds taking part.

“I’m overjoyed with how it went, honestly,” said. “It was a really, really good competition.

“All it was supposed to be was a learning experience, and I think that’s exactly what it was. Some good accomplishments and good things in every race.”

Wren finished 18th in a 32-strong field in the 1,000m distance, 25th over 1,500m, and 22nd in the 500m sprints. “She worked her race plans to perfection,” said NWT Speed Skating coach Shane Clark.

“It was great to be able to go to this one and not have it be a tremendous deal for now,” added Wren, “when there’s not a lot of pressure. It was exciting watching older skaters.

“That’s who I want to be in a couple of years – I want to be among the top people going to Worlds.”

NWT Speed Skating appoints coaches for 2018 Arctic Winter Games

NWT Speed Skating is proud to announce Shane Clark and Jeanne Yurris as the territory’s coaching staff for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games on home ice in Fort Smith, NT.

Shane has coached the NWT’s short track speed skaters at the Arctic Winter Games since 2008, and brings more than two decades’ experience as a coach for both the Yellowknife club and at territorial level. He is also the NWT’s lead coach for the 2019 Canada Winter Games program.

Jeanne, a two-time Arctic Winter Games speed skater for the NWT, will make her competitive coaching debut. Jeanne is an assistant coach with the Special Olympics speed skating program, served as mission staff for Team NWT at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, and represented the NWT as an athlete at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax.

NWT Speed Skating thanks all those who applied for their time and efforts. Further coaching positions will be assigned in the coming weeks as we prepare for an exciting start to 2018, featuring not only the Arctic Winter Games – to which speed skating returns as a sport after missing out in 2016 – but also the Canada West Championships.

How to register for 2018 Arctic Winter Games Territorial Trials

DEADLINE FOR ARCTIC WINTER GAMES TERRITORIAL TRIALS REGISTRATION: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15!

Categories:

Junior Male and Junior Female: Born between July 1, 1998 and June 30, 2003
Juvenile Male and Juvenile Female: Born between July 1, 2003 and June 30, 2006

To register you must:

1. Visit Sport North’s website and complete the registration form

2. Pay the $100 registration fee to Sport North

3. Sign and return a waiver to Sport North

All three steps must be completed before midnight at the end of Friday, December 15. Chaperones intending to travel to Territorial Trials must also register. NWTASSA is in the process of selecting its AWG coaches, and NWTASSA will manage registration and payment for coaches.

If you have any queries about registration, payment or waivers, contact Sport North’s head office or your Sport North regional coordinator:

Mackenzie & South Slave Region
Val Gendron
867.695.3310 or 867.688.0496
pillingmrtv@gmail.com

Jeff O’Keefe
877.685.6633
jeff.nwt@gmail.com

Yellowknife Region
Bill Othmer
867.669.8336
bothmer@sportnorth.com

Beaufort Delta & Sahtu Region
Colin Pybus
905.401.4675
colinpybus@gmail.com

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Before registering, please read NWTASSA’s athlete selection policy for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games and Sport North’s Handbook for the Arctic Winter Games and associated Territorial Trials.

Reminder: Territorial Trials take place in Yellowknife from January 18-20, 2018. Travel is arranged by Sport North; local accommodation can be arranged by the Yellowknife club and NWTASSA on request once registration is complete.

Arctic Winter Games 2018: Call for Coaches

NWT Speed Skating invites applications for two coaching positions with Team NWT at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.

This is an exciting opportunity to join Team NWT at a home Arctic Winter Games in Fort Smith! NWT speed skaters are often associated with success at the Arctic Winter Games but, more than anything, this event is about providing a focused, fun and memorable multi-sport games experience to our young athletes – and our coaches, too.

Please download the NWT Speed Skating Selection Policy and 2018 Arctic Winter Games Technical Package before applying.

Coaches must:

• be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, or eligible for and able to demonstrate active pursuit of Canadian citizenship;
• have been continuously resident in the Northwest Territories for at least six months prior to the start of the event for which they are selected; or
• if attending school or otherwise temporarily resident outside the NWT, be able to demonstrate to NWTASSA’s satisfaction that the territory remains their home residence;
• be members in good standing with NWTASSA;
• agree to be bound by the NWTASSA Code of Conduct and any other applicable (e.g. Team NWT) code of conduct;
• once selected, hold regular training sessions and maintain communication with athletes representing the Northwest Territories.

Applications will be considered by NWTASSA according to the following criteria:

• Speed skating qualifications achieved to date;
• Experience as a coach, manager and/or athlete;
• Active involvement with speed skating in the NWT;
• Fulfilment of all eligibility criteria in this policy and the 2018 AWG Technical Package.

To apply:

Coaches must use this form to apply online, or may print the form and submit a paper version to NWT Speed Skating, Box 2664, Yellowknife, X1A 2P9.

Successful applicants are expected to be available to coach at both the Arctic Winter Games (Fort Smith, March 18-24, 2018, excluding travel days) and Territorial Trials (Yellowknife, January 18-20, 2018, excluding travel days).

Applications must be received by 10pm mountain time on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

Michael Gilday enters NWT Sport Hall of Fame

Sochi Olympian Michael Gilday has become the first speed skater inducted into the Northwest Territories Sport Hall of Fame.

The 30-year-old won two world titles as part of Canada’s relay team and competed at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Russia before retiring later that year.

At a ceremony on Saturday he became the fourth Olympian to enter the NWT’s Hall of Fame, following biathlete Robin Clegg and cross-country ski sisters Sharon Firth and Shirley Firth-Larsson.

“It’s an honour and it’s unexpected,” said Gilday. “There’s an endless list of people I want to thank, especially the sport community in the Territories and the community around Yellowknife Speed Skating Club.

“I have had the pleasure of skating with so many amazing people who have challenged me, and who are lifetime friends.”

Gilday took up short track speed skating in Yellowknife before training for the majority of his career at the Olympic Oval in Calgary.

He missed out on selection for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games by mere hundredths of a second, but returned four years later to successfully earn a place on Canada’s team for the 2014 Games.

In the interim, Gilday won relay world titles at the Sheffield World Championships of 2011 and again two years later in Debrecen, Hungary.

Among other career highlights are 15 gold ulus at the Arctic Winter Games and the setting of two world records, one of which still stands: the record set by Canada’s men’s relay team at the Olympic Oval in October 2012.

Having retired from the sport, Michael Gilday will still play a central role in Canadians’ enjoyment of short track speed skating at the forthcoming Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games, in February 2018, as a CBC Sports analyst.

Hannah Clark and Wren Acorn

Two Yellowknife skaters reach their first National Championships

NWT Speed Skating congratulates Yellowknife duo Wren Acorn and Hannah Clark on qualifying for their first National Championship appearances.

The two skaters took part in last weekend’s National Qualifier at Calgary’s Olympic Oval – a four-day event in which skaters from across the country compete for positions at national junior and senior events.

Twenty-three-year-old Clark, who trains at the University of Calgary, finished ninth overall in a field of 60 participants.

Acorn, 14 years old and making her debut at this level, finished 30th in the same field of 60.

Those results see both skaters advance to their respective national junior and senior events. Acorn will race in her first Canadian Junior Championships in Saguenay, QC, next month, in her first year of eligibility. She joins Clark and Jill Gilday among NWT skaters to have recently reached the Junior Championships, though doing so at her first attempt as a 14-year-old is exceptional.

“Wren joins a line of successful NWT performance skaters,” said coach Shane Clark. “That’s an amazing accomplishment, doing it in her first year of eligibility.”

Clark moves on to January’s Canadian Senior Selections, in Sherbrooke, QC, having capped her weekend with an appearance in the National Qualifier’s 1,000m A Final – where she placed fifth.

“Hannah had a great weekend,” said Shane Clark, her father. “She had a really good Thursday and even though she probably didn’t get to where she wanted on Friday and Saturday, she still had amazing results for ninth overall.

“That qualifies her for the Canadian Senior Championships and it’s the first time Hannah has qualified for those.”

Clark will be facing Canada’s top two-dozen skaters, outside the five named to the Canadian Olympic team, at that event.