CSSA finalist for Speed Skating Canada Intact Insurance Club Excellence Award: The winning club this year was Iqaluit who used the $10,000 to purchase mats. CSSA was one of five finalists for the development of the Seton skating location and was awarded $2,500. 

Program Update:  For the month of October, we will be skating at WinSport (Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays) and will continue with some dryland and in-line skating sessions.  We will continue with our outdoor locations as long as possible but will need to move indoors after the time change.  A detailed schedule will be sent shortly.  There are currently no updates from the Olympic Oval.  Next skate times:

Saturday September 26 at Seton YMCA:

Youth 1 (incl. Intro & Learn to skate): 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Youth 2 & 3: 12:15 – 1:15 PM

Teen1 & 2: 1:30  – 2:30 PM

Teen 3: 2:45 – 4:00 PM

Sunday September 27 at Seton YMCA:

Teen 1 & 2: 9:15  – 10:15 AM

Teen 3: 10:30 – 11:45 AM

Award winners from 2019-2020 Season:

L2SS: 

> Best Skater: Zoe Woo

> Most Improved: August Tobman

> Best Sportsmanship: Saoirse McAdam

I2SS: 

> Best Skater: Liana Such

> Most Improved: Joshua Yung

> Best Sportsmanship: Neve Adams

Youth 1:

> Best Skater: Cara Byrne

> Most Improved: Sabbah Sinan Kassam

> Best Sportsmanship: Amaranth Wang

Youth 2: 

> Best Skater: Olivier Louis-Seize

> Most Improved: Jacob Stephanson

> Best Sportsmanship: Lauren Hofer

Youth 3:

> Best Skater: Jasmine Lazzari

> Most Improved: Lucy Anderson

> Best Sportsmanship: Daniel David Gallo Hernandez


Teen 1:

> Best Skater: Nash Loster

> Most Improved: Addison Bowie

> Best Sportsmanship: Elise Prpich

Teen 2:

> Best Skater: Amelia Schepp

> Most Improved: Owen Palmer

> Best Sportsmanship: Jillian Somers

Teen 3 [SHORT TRACK]

> Best Skater: Sandeep Varnasooriya

> Most Improved: Cecile Ferraro

> Best Sportsmanship: Elliot Kellough

Teen 3 [LONG TRACK]

> Best Skater: Andre Erasmus

> Most Improved: Tatiana De Vlieg

> Best Sportsmanship: Kendra Hawkins

Introducing 2020-2021 CSSA Coaching Staff

(Note: Not all coaches will be present at all practices, some are alternates)

Adult ST: Guy Bushell, Scott Vanderlinden

Adult LT: Guy Bushell, Nicole Gendron (Slusar), Anna Bourgeois

Teen 3/Jr ST: Ryan Hickman, Aaron Cooney, Marika Nadal, Nicolas Laborde (alt.)

Teen 3/Jr LT: Ally Bates, Kevin Yaholnitsky, Danielle Wallish, Zachary Lacroix 

Teen 2: Sam Pollock, Kiersten Hagen, David Seal

Teen 1: Tim Kury, Christian Liebzeit, Nicolas Laborde, Anna Bourgeois, Scott Vanderlinden (alt.)

Youth 3: Anders Johnson, Greg Kendrick, Janie Green, Rayna Ezzi

Youth 2: Caitlin Pelkey, Jack Deibert, Molly Johnson, Wesley O’Brien (alt.)

Youth 1/Intro/Learn to Speed Skate: Molly Young, Annika Johnson, Alexa Annecca, Celina Chabot, Laura Hall (alt.), Alexander Marcus (alt.)

Seton: Crispin Parkinson

Last chance to order clothing & skinsuits: An order for tracksuits, sweatshirts, slides and skinsuits will be done early this week, please contact Madeline (vc.communications@calgaryspeedskating.ca) by Tuesday September 22 if you have not placed your order yet.  This will be the only order we do this season.

Speed skating items to buy or sell?: With the current Covid situation, we encourage members to put up their speed skating items for sale on Kijiji or ask other parents at outdoor practices.

Upcoming competitions (very tentative):

October 17, 2020: Rocky Mountain House

November 13 – 15, 2020: Edmonton Fall Classic

December 5, 2020: Canmore CIRC

December 12, 2020: Edmonton Winter Classic (Outdoor long-track)

January 16-17, 2021: Jeremy Wotherspoon Invitational, Red Deer, (Outdoor long-track)

January 30-31, 2021: Alberta long-track at Oval

February 6-7, 2021: Canadian Youth Long-Track Championships (TBD)

March 6-7, 2021: RU Fast at Oval

March 27-28, 2021: Canadian Youth Short-Track Championships – West, Selkirk, MB

Masters International Short-Track (MIST) Games – postponed to 2022

Upcoming Important Dates:

Week of September 21, 2020: Coaches will meet with parents on program overview

By October 1st, 2020: Coaches will have discussed and set goals with Teen athletes