Try Speed Skating

Speed skating is an amazing sport. Find out why it might be the sport for you!

How About Speed Skating?

Have you ever wondered why you should consider speed skating for your family? Here are some great reasons why.


Reasons Why Speed Skating is an Awesome Sport

Exercise 

Speed skating is a sport where you can travel up to 50km/hr. It elevates the heart rate, develops muscle and balance, and builds self-confidence.

Strong Friendships

Speed skating promotes team camaraderie and excellence among individual members, and skaters build friendships with other clubs on the competition circuit. There is a culture of collaboration and respect among skaters.

Coaching for Life

Speed skating coaches foster an environment for personal bests while giving you an edge over the competition. Coaches teach leadership skills for life.

Family Friendly

All ages and genders typically compete at the same meets, which means families don’t have to travel in different directions with their kids. Many speed skating families say that their family weekends together at competitions are their favourite aspects.

What’s more – in Speed Skating, nobody gets left on the bench!

Benefits of Speed Skating

 

  1. Builds confidence: When playing a sport, children have the opportunity to show their skills, gain greater self-awareness, and enjoy an activity they love.
     
  2. Provides regular exercise: Most kids have too much screen time and not enough hands-on activity. Sport commits your child to regular exercise, which contributes to overall physical health.
     
  3. Develops relationships: Children build friendships with other children and their coaches, which is an excellent way for your child to expand their social skills and understand expectations.
     
  4. Contributes to more robust academics: Children who play sports are more apt to more substantial academic achievement. Through sports, kids learn the importance of time management and discipline.
     
  5. Helps put winning into perspective: This can be a real sore subject for some kids. Participating in sports allows kids to gain an understanding of both winning and losing, as well as recognizing the value of a personal best.
     
  6. Teaches respect: In sports, children learn to respect other authoritative figures, including; coaches, referees, and parents, as well as their peers.
     
  7. Encourages family involvement: Your child is not the only one who will benefit from participation in sports. Moms, dads, and siblings can attend competitions and cheer each other on - providing a bonding opportunity for the whole family.

 

How Do I Get Into Speed Skating?

Getting into speed skating is very easy. Follow these easy steps to get your child or family member onto the ice.

Find a Club

The first step is to find a club in your area. Calgary has two clubs, but there are 12 excellent speed skating clubs throughout Alberta if you don't live in Calgary. Click on the link below to see which clubs are closest to you.

Find a Club

Contact Your Club and Register

The next step is straightforward. Once you have chosen a club - contact the club and set up registration. You will need to become affiliated with Speed Skating Canada.

Registration

Calgary Speed Skating Association

The Calgary Speed Skating Association trains at the Olympic Oval. They are frequent collaborators and a fantastic group of people. If you live in Calgary - please consider CSSA!

CSSA

Calgary Grizzlies

The Calgary Grizzlies are another Calgary-based speed skating organization training at the Rocky Ridge YMCA and the Olympic Oval. They are frequent collaborators and also a fantastic group of people. If you live in Calgary - please consider the Calgary Grizzlies.

Calgary Grizzlies

Coaching Speed Skating

Coaching the 40 kids in our "Learn-to-Speed-Skate" program is fantastic. The kids have so much fun, its energetic and they really learn a lot about this amazing sport.

Lorelei St. Rose

Calgary Grizzlies Coach and Olympic Oval Competitions Coordinator