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.

NWT Speed Skating introduces new Code of Conduct

NWT Speed Skating has introduced a revamped code of conduct, harassment policy and disciplinary code.

Athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and staff are now able to access a guide to expectations regarding the conduct and behaviour of all NWT Speed Skating members.

NWT Speed Skating is committed to providing a sport environment characterized by excellence, fairness, integrity, open communication, and mutual respect. We also acknowledge our core responsibility to keep our members safe and provide a means for them to report concerns.

For more information on NWT Speed Skating’s code of conduct and other policies, click here.

NWT speed skaters at the 2015 Canada Winter Games

NWT Speed Skating appoints 2019 Canada Winter Games coaching staff

Shane Clark and Kerry Egan have been selected to lead NWT Speed Skating’s preparations for the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Clark returns as coach having overseen the territory’s impressive run at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, in which the NWT’s female 3,000m relay team reached their final and finished fourth. Egan will act as the team manager.

In the weeks to come, athletes interested in selection for the 2019 Canada Winter Games – to be held in Red Deer, Alberta – will be asked to sign initial letters of commitment and begin working to a dedicated training program. Information regarding this opportunity will be distributed through club coaches.

Register now for our summer camp!

Registration for NWT Speed Skating’s summer camp is open until June 30, 2017.

The camp runs from August 23-27 in Yellowknife, with experienced coaches providing young skaters with a mix of on-ice and dry-land training each day.

This year, NWT Speed Skating is heavily subsidizing the cost – so summer camp is cheaper than ever!

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 here!

 

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 June 30. No late registrations will be accepted and there are no refunds available for cancellations after this date.