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.