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January 10, 2014
Ontario Speed Skating Association

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Coaches Association of Ontario

2014 My Coach Video Contest

Win up to $800 and an all-access pass for your coach to attend the Ontario Coaches Conference. 
How to Enter: Simply upload your video to YouTube and complete the online registration form 
Start Date: December 12th, 2013 Submission Deadline: February 7th, 2014 Guidelines: Videos can be no longer than 4 minutes in length, and must be 100% original.

The Oval: A Halifax Story

Halifax Oval Video

#Ovalstory, see how the building of the Canada Winter Games LT speed skating oval has impacted the City of Halifax and it's community. 

Congratulations to former OSSA skater Richard Shoebridge on his nomination to the Great Britain Olympic ST team. Richard will be skating the 1000m in Sochi. 

Barrie SSC

The Barrie club is hosting a Level 2 Officials Clinic for Judges and Timers on February 1st. To register please contact Mike Allen at
The cost is $10 and registrations must be submitted prior to January 24th. 

CBC's Andi Petrillo's tries short track speed skating

With the 2014 Olympic Winter Games less than 1 month away, CBC's Andi Petrillo attempts to try each Olympic Winter sport in advance of the Games. Click here to watch her short track speed skate in Kitchener with Olympian Amanda Overland. 
Call for Technical Committee Applications

As the new Vice President Technical Programs Administration, I am in the process of selecting members for the Technical Committee. All ordinary members of the association are invited to apply. if you are interested in being a part of this committee, please email, expressing your interest along with the following information: 

Name, Club, Your involvement with speed skating. 

Deadline for applications is January 15, 2014. 

SKATER REPS - there are two spots reserved on the Technical Committee for skater representatives. There is one spot reserved for a long track skater, and one spot for a short track skater. The skater reps must be 16 years old and active skaters. If you are a skater who is interested in being a part of the Technical Committee, please also apply with the above information, to the same address as above. 
If you are interested in applying but are not sure of what the Technical Committee does, please refer to the OSSA Information Manual, which is available in the “Administration” section of the OSSA website. This document contains a description of the Committee. 

Yours very truly, 
Emma O’Donnell
VP Technical Programs Administration.

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We are getting excited! 

Less than 90 days till the opening ceremonies for the 2014 Ontario Winter Games where Muskoka will get ready to welcome Ontario and the best athletes in the province to compete in 27 different sport disciplines throughout our region. Registration has now begun and our volunteer drive is also open. Please visit us at to register and get more information about the Games. 

We are also social! Please visit our Facebook page at Muskoka 2014 Ontario Winter Games and please like us and keep up to date with all the information we have there. We are also on Twitter @2014OWG. Please follow us here as well for many great updates about the Games and we look forward to you sharing your thoughts about the upcoming Games and photos of you training and competing at the Games.


15 year-old Junior B men are eligible to skate at either the Canada East or the Canadian Short Track Championships. SSC requires that skaters must have 100m times to skate at Canada East. Thus to meet this requirement all 15 year-old Junior B men will skate in the ability groupings (on 100m track with corresponding distances) at Provincial Series #3 (page 11 of Technical Bulletin). If you have a scheduling conflict with long track racing and cannot attend Provincial Series #3, be sure to submit a Bye application to the Technical Committee.


Attention Coaches!

Coaching Association of Ontario has announced that Professional Development Credits have come into effect as of January 1st. Consult your locker for more information. 

Professional Development

skate the lake

January 25-26, 2014
Big Rideau Lake
Access via Hanna Park - on the water
Portland, ON

Pre-register before January 23rd and save!

Visit to register and to receive more event details.

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