First Mini-Meet:

First mini-meet for all youth groups will be on Thursday December 1st from 6-8 PM at the Seton YMCA. All skaters from Seton YMCA and Youth Groups C, D, E & F are invited to the mini-meet. We will have a few fun races, some prizes and snacks. It should be a great time! Registration is required by Nov. 27 on IceReg. Maximum number of registrants is 50 skaters. This is a free event:

https://icereg.ca/#!/events/parking-passes-skate-rental-other-2022-23

Alberta Long Track (ABLT) Jan 7-8 at the Olympic Oval:  

Registration is live on IceReg:

https://icereg.ca/#!/events/alberta-long-track-ablt-january-7-8-2023  

This is great opportunity for skaters to participate in their first long-track meet. All practices will be cancelled that weekend and skaters are encouraged to sign-up for the race. 

Racing/Competition volunteer link: volunteersignup.org/DHAHR  

Hospitality (food) volunteer link: volunteersignup.org/4YBQJ

VC Officials: 

Congratulations to Marc McGee who has accepted the position of VC Officials. He is the father of a young skater in Group C. He will be a great addition to the Board, having been a national level in-line and speed skater in his heyday, as well as having officiated at many, many Oval competitions over the last 20+ years.

UR Store – CSSA Gear now available:

Looking for jackets, hoodies, T-shirts, headwear, etc.?  The new CSSA branded items are now available for purchase here:

https://urstore.ca/calgary-speed-skating-association_527601   

Order and pay by credit card and your items will be delivered directly to your home. Makes great Christmas gifts for your skaters! Be sure to order quickly to ensure delivery before the holidays.

AGM Reminder on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:30 PM in Room 54 (next to Oval skate shop): 

We will be presenting and approving the financial statements for June 30, 2022. In addition, the Board will be available to answer any questions about CSSA. It’s a great opportunity to meet some of the other parents too. A zoom link will be available for those who cannot join in person. Please email president@calgaryspeedskating.ca and we will send you the link 1-2 days prior to the meeting. 

Technical T-shirts to be distributed in January:

Based on the T-shirt size you provided at registration, technical T-shirts will be distributed to all skaters registered in CSSA programs (Youth, Adult, Seton).

Speed Skating World Cups Dec. 9-11 and Dec. 16-18: 

Come and cheer our Canadian athletes, you may even see a CSSA coach competing! Tickets are available online at:

https://speedskating.ca/international-event/calgary2022/

A discount code (CLUBCALGARYSSA) is valid for $5 off any general admission tickets to the event ($10/day instead of $15). The codes DO NOT apply to the 4 day all access pass options, just the SINGLE day tickets. Friday admission for both weekends is free, so there are no tickets for sale on those days.

Speed Skating Alberta (SSA) Performance Badges: 

SSA Performance Badges will be distributed in the next week or so. Please see link for an explanation of the program as well as the short-track and long track time standards: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TBm-MDpl-X1oSuync_IQ3HuZVIBgDB35/view

Oval Schedule Online:

Just a reminder that the Oval schedules are available online, should you ever want to confirm a CSSA practice. Short-track schedules are identified by Group (A, B, C, D, E & F) while long-track schedules are simply identified as “C” ice times (Club ice times):  

https://oval.ucalgary.ca/bookings/bookings

Skinsuits have arrived: 

Please contact Madeline at vc.communications@calgaryspeedskating.ca to make arrangements for pick-up. If you have not yet paid, please e-transfer the amount to info@calgaryspeedskating.ca. Madeline will confirm the amount to be paid depending on the type of skinsuit (Kevlar is $420). If you did not order a skinsuit, some extras have been ordered and are available for sale.

14-15 yrs and 16-18 yrs Short Track Junior Canadian Open on Nov. 12-13 at Oval

Congratulations to the skaters who qualified to represent Alberta at those Championships: Zimu Wang, Julianne Lazzari, Lucy Anderson, Maggie Breedlove, Sophia Cross, Sophia Major, Lewis Spence, Marek Chomin, Erik Angelozzi and now with the Oval program: Prabhnoor Grewal, Elise Prpich and coach Mikka Eaves.

There was some great racing and personal bests. Quebec had an exceptionally strong team and certainly dominated, but everyone learned a ton.

Competition Results: 

Congratulations to our CSSA medal winners!!

Lethbridge October 29-30, 2022

Juniors 1: Marek Chomin, 1st

Juniors 2: Maggie Breedlove, 3rd

Youth Female 1: Maxine Volstad, 1st

Youth Female 2: Cara Byrne, 1st; Kate Folmer, 2nd

Youth Male 1: Jiaqi (Rikki) Lin, 2nd

Youth Male 2: Ian Im, 2nd; Matthew Wilson, 3rd

Ability 1: Nicholas Wang, 2nd

Red Deer, November 5, 2022

Division 2: Jiaqi (Rikki) Lin, 1st; Connor Craig, 3rd

Division 3: Nicholas Wang, 1st

Division 4: Lucas Brown, 3rd

Competition Schedule

Dec. 3: Lloydminster Competition – Lime Series #3

Dec. 3: Canmore Competition 

Dec. 17: Edmonton Outdoor Long Track Competition

Jan. 7-8: Competition CSSA ABLT – Oval (CYLT back-up Qualifier)

Jan. 14-15: Red Deer Outdoor Long Track – Canadian Youth Long Track (CYLT) Qualifier

Jan. 28: Rocky Mountain House Competition – Lime Series #4

Feb. 4-5: Canadian Youth Long Track Championships (CYLT) – Fort St-John, BC

Feb. 25-26: CSSA Competition RU Fast – Olympic Oval, Calgary

March 4-5: Edmonton Competition – Lime Series #5 & CYST Qualifier/Season Finale

March 25-26: Canadian Youth Short Track Championships (CYST) – Saskatoon, SK