What is the Markham Speed Skating Club?

The Markham Speed Skating Club welcomes people of all ages, skills and skating objectives.

Skating membership numbers about 80 and is roughly divided into two-thirds children (5 years to 18) and one-third adults. We also have regular visitors from other nearby clubs. Many members race at provincial competitions while others enjoy the challenge of Club activities. We provide coaching for beginners to racers, whether children, youth, or adults. You can progress at your own rate to suit your interests as they evolve. Most members have had previous hockey or figure skating experience when they join, but it is not necessary. Regardless of your experience, you will find it takes time to adapt to speed skates, to cope with high speeds, and to learn racing strategies.

Girls and boys of different ages train together and often race together to ensure equal opportunity. Improvements in personal best times in races are as important as winning or finishing position. This is consistent with the Long Term Athlete Development Model created by Sport Canada and adopted and adapted by Speed Skating Canada for use by clubs across the country. Our coaches are qualified and experienced. Ron Blackwell (2nd. from left in the group photo to the right) is the Head Coach. Ginette Lamoureux (left of the two single head photos) is our High Performance coach. She is a former member of the Ontario short track team. They are assisted by Gary Witney (a former provincial record holder) (far right), Peter Treacy (second from right), Ron Wolfe, Jocelyn BĂ©rard. On occasion, Valerie Ing (right of the two single head photos) coaches. She is a former member of the Canadian Women's Short Track Speed Skating team and a member of the 1998 Canadian Olympic Team in Nagano, Japan. Likewise, Sanda Ianculescu coaches occasionally: she was formerly on the Romanian national team.

When do we practice?

Our weekly practices are held at Mount Joy Community Centre (see Map).

Tuesdays from 7pm-10pm

Fridays from 6:40pm-9:30pm

All sessions are approximately 50 minutes in length. New skaters begin at 7pm and 6:40pm respectivly. Guest skaters need to contact the club at info@makhamspeedskating.org to confirm availability and for times of their group.

Skaters are split into three groups based on ability. Beginners skate during the first hour, intermediate skaters during the second hour, and advanced skaters during the last hour. Groups are made and can be changed at any time at the discretion of the coaches.