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): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd7Qsc4EAOJn6rUE4OIYW3IHLqpjbmiO8CPoJivQXSLT3vBQ/viewform
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 ykspeedskating.reg@gmail.com. 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 nwtspeedskating@gmail.com 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
nwtspeedskating@gmail.com / 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: http://www.buffalospeedskating.org/speedskating-scholarship.html

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: https://sport.olympic.ca/oly/oly-canada-legacy-grant/

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: https://truesportpur.ca/lyle-makosky-values-and-ethics-sport-fund

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 nwtspeedskating.ca/policies/

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

NWTASSA 2018 Annual General Meeting

The NWT Amateur Speed Skating Association will holding their 2018 Annual General Meeting and Summer Camp BBQ on 25 August, 2018 at the YK Ski Club. The BBQ will start the evening off at 6:00 PM. The AGM will then follow and begin promptly at 7:00 PM.

Download the AGM Package

For more information contact

Melanie Thompson
Sport Director

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.