Thank you to the Canadian Red Cross Society, together with the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, who supported Ontario Speed Skating as a non-profit that provides direct services to those who are vulnerable to the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19. With this generous funding, Ontario Speed Skating was able to offer weekly Virtual Dryland sessions and 3-layer cloth masks to all skating and coaching members of the Association. Weekly Virtual Dryland was offered throughout the summer of 2020 to keep our members active and engaged throughout the lockdown, and OSSA-branded masks were delivered to each club by early 2021 to support return to sport activity.

Thank you to the Canadian Red Cross for funding our initiatives to return to safe and meaningful participation in speed skating during COVID-19.

In order to offer development opportunities throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic for Long Track skaters who are bound for Canadian Youth Long Track Championships and Canada Cups, Ontario Speed Skating, in partnership with Speed Skating Canada and RBC Training Ground, is hosting a Long Track Technical Development opportunity. This program will consist of a video submission and a virtual follow up session with an Ontario Long Track coach.

This program runs from February 26 - March 26, 2021.

Details and the registration link can be found on the OSSA website HERE.

Ontario Speed Skating had 3 skaters representing Speed Skating Canada at the 2021 World Cups and World Championships in the Heerenveen bubble. After facing training setbacks due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the closure of the Calgary Olympic Oval due to mechanical failure, we couldn't be more proud of these skaters and their outstanding results in this unprecedented season!

Their World Championships results include:

Silver - Ladies' Team Pursuit - Isabelle Weidemann, Ivanie Blondin and Valerie Maltais Silver - Men's team Pursuit - Jordan Belchos, Ted-Jan Bloemen, Connor Howe

Ivanie Blondin: Silver in Ladies' Mass Start

Isabelle Weidemann: 5th in the 3000m, 4th in the 5000m.

Jordan Belchos: 4th in Men's Mass Start, 10th in the 5000m, 8th in the 10,000m.

Ivanie, Isabelle and Jordan, we admire your perseverance this season and congratulate you on a fantastic World Cup Season and World Championships in the Heerenveen bubble!

For full 2021 World Championships results, visit the ISU Website.

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Mary Frances Carter, Executive Director

Julie Byers, Sport Manager 

Elizabeth Migneron High Performance Director

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Maryhill, ON N0B 2B0

Thank you to the Government of Ontario for their support!

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