ONTARIO DEVELOPMENT HUBS PROGRAM
Guided by the Ontario Speed Skating 2021-2028 High Performance Plan, and with the support of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries’ Quest for Gold Program, Ontario Speed Skating is initiating the 2022-2023 Ontario Development Hubs Program (ODHP) for the top Long Track (LT) and Short Track (ST) speed skaters in Ontario. This program builds on the High Performance Programs that OSSA has offered in recent years, including the SETH program and OSSA NextGEN program.
The goal of this renewed program is to lead the development of Train to Train and Learn to Compete athletes and Coaches in Ontario, and to develop a strong network of Clubs delivering high quality sport programs. We aim to develop speed skaters who are prepared for entry into regional and national training centres and prepared to yield performance results and/or increase medal potential for Ontario at both national LT and ST competitions. This year, we also have a strong focus on athlete and Coach preparation for the 2023 Canada Winter Games.
Through the ODHP, OSSA will continue to supplement existing club programming with elevated training opportunities for identified skaters. We aim to make the implementation of a quality Yearly Training Plan (YTP) a reality for OSSA’s top skaters and their Coaches.
As a part of the ODHP, OSSA is offering weekly on-ice training to Ontario's top skaters across the province, starting in May and running through August.
In order to benchmark our top ODHP skaters, OSSA is also hosting a Dryland Testing camp on the weekend of May 14-15, 2022 at the Pan Am Centre in Toronto for identified athletes. This camp will be hosted in collaboration with the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario and is guided by the Directors and Exercise Physiologists at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary. The camp will offer speed skating specific testing protocols to benchmark our athletes for future programming.
Full program details can be found here: Ontario Development Hubs Program.
The List of Invited Skaters can be found here: Ontario Development Hubs Program - Invited Skaters.
The Hubs Calendars are below. If you would like to add your Hubs calendar to your Google Calendar, click the "+GoogleCalendar" button in the bottom right corner!