2016-2017 Speed Skating Season

Cambridge clubs introductory lessons give kids a chance to try speed skatingPosted: 201700808
On The Ice In the Height Of Summer - Children ages 6 - 12

Cambridge club's introductory lessons give kids a chance to try speed skating

Even in the height of summer, when most of us are thinking about beaches and cool drinks, nine-year-old Cooper Williams would rather be in an arena, zipping along on his skates.
That's how he and his entire family found themselves in a chilly arena on Saturday, trying out speed skating for the first time.
Cooper, an avid hockey player, was intrigued by the long blades and power of speed skating, and asked his parents to give it a try. With three athletic kids who like to skate, his parents decided to sign up all three siblings for summer lessons. His sister Sara, 11, said it took some getting used to the long, flat speed skating blades, but as the lesson went on, "I kept doing the drills over and over again, and it seemed faster every time. That was fun."

The weather was a bit cool this weekend for August, but it was much chillier inside Hespeler Memorial Arena, as coach Blake Morrison taught a half-dozen kids the rudiments of speed skating. The Saturday hour-long lesson was the first of four introductory lessons that the Cambridge Speed Skating Club is offering this August (VIEW FLYER).

The club usually offers introductory lessons in the fall, but the extra session in the summer was made possible by a grant from RBC's Learn to Play program, which aims to get kids more physically active.

Read the entire article by Catherine Thompson Waterloo Region Record!

Posted: 20170611
Learn to Speed Skate - Children ages 6 - 12
Learn to Speed Skate

Learn the basics of speed skating in a fun environment.

Must be able to skate forward, 1 lap of arena and stop.

FOUR Saturdays in August at Hespeler Memorial Arena!

  • August 5th: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
  • August 12th, 19th and 26th: 10:30am - 11:30am

4 classes for $40.

Posted: 20170515
Introduction to Speed Skating Program

On Friday, May 12th, Cambridge Speed Skating Club hosted an Introduction to Speed Skating program with a local elementary school.

Coach Blake Morrison states, "The program went very well!! Everyone had a great time and were very excited to have tried something new."

A big shout out to Blake and the volunteers who made this possible: Brie, Bradley, Karyn, Daniel, Vytas, Scott, Josh and Sylvie.

Posted: 20170412
Summer Ice Program
Summer Ice Program Registration Form

Cambridge's summer ice program offers development and advanced level skaters:

  • Twelve, 1.5 hrs of on-ice training followed by 1.5 hrs of off-ice training
  • Saturdays from May 20th to August 12th

Summer Ice registrants are also invited to (at no additional cost): Dry Land Program Registration Form

  • Sixteen, dryland sessions at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School (newer padded track with groomed infield)
  • Thursdays from May 18th to August 24th


  • Girls 12 yrs+, boys 13 yrs+ with a final selection by the coaches bases on times, ability and fit with the program.

This is a great program that promotes the advancement of speed skating techniques combined with core strength and stamina training.

Register at soon as space is limited. Drop-in fees are available for non members. Inquire at .

Aaralyn McGill and Coach Ernie OverlandPosted: 20170328
March 25-26, 2017 - Ottawa, ON

Congratulations Aaralyn!

Aaralyn won:

  • Gold in the 200m
  • Gold in the 400m
  • Silver in the 1500m
  • Silver in 2000m points race
  • Gold for 11yr old girls overall champion

...while competing with Team Ontario at the Canada East Championships!

Way to go Aaralyn!

Aaralyn McGill - As Published Online

Provincial B ChampionshipsPosted: 20170322

Provincial B Championships
March 18-19: London, ON

Good results this weekend!

A number of families stayed over the at Four Points on Saturday night and enjoyed a well attended team dinner at Earl's followed by a evening of fun and swimming back at the hotel pool.

Provincial B ChampionshipsEnough energy was left in the tank on Sunday to pull the following top finishes:

  • Nick (Gold)
  • Scott (Bronze)
  • Roslyn (Gold)
  • Georgia (Bronze)
  • Ariah (Gold)
  • Rachel (Bronze)
....With coaches Ernie and Marg

Hespeler Reunion 2016 committeePosted: 20170316


This week the Cambridge Speed Skating Club received a generous donation from the Hespeler Reunion 2016 Committee. The donation is in recognition for the demonstration held by the club at the Reunion's opening night. This donation will be put to good use in helping the club provide it's program to our youth skaters.

CSSC gives a warm THANKS to the Hespeler Reunion committee!

Provincial Championships in ClaringtonPosted: 20170305
March 4-5, 2017 - Clarington, ON

A Bitter Sweet Moment

Three skaters who will be leaving the club at the end of this season; Max Brant who will be going to the Oval Program, Hannah MacDougall and Kate Miyasaki who will be heading off to university. In the picture the three are heading off to the change room for the last time, leaving coach Ernie Overland short three senior skaters!

Congratulations to Kate Miyasaki who won Gold in the Junior A division of the Provincial A Championships. This was Kates's last race of her skating "career."

Posted: 20170227

Cambridge Speed Skating Club at Galt Skating RacesCambridge Speed Skating Club at Galt Skating Races

Cambridge Speed Skating Club members:

  • Kate
  • Westley
  • Kassidy
  • Nick
  • Coach Ernie Overland
...put on a demonstration at the 87th Cambridge (Galt) Skating Races held on Friday, February 24th.

Young skaters representing 10 schools gave it their best at this historic event held at the also historic Galt Arena Gardens.

Cambridge Speed Skating Club at Galt Skating Races

Road to the Olympic GamesPosted: 20170224

Road to the Olympic Games: Speed Skating is as Canadian as You Can Get

The sport we sometimes take for granted has produced so many champions. Hosted by veteran broadcasters Scott Russell and Andi Petrillo, Road to the Olympic Games chronicles athletes' journeys on and off the field of play.

"Most young Canadians are born with skates on their feet," former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson once famously declared, ".rather than with silver spoons in their mouths." Continued...

Posted: 20170220

CSSC Members at Burlington Meet on Family Day

CSSC Members at Burlington Meet

Richard Shoebridge Announces RetirementPosted: 20170124
World Record Breaker Richard Shoebridge Retires

Richard is a past member of CSSC and is our latest Olympian. His Olympic banner can be seen where we practice at Hespeler Arena.

Richard gave thanks to those who have helped him throughout his career, he said:
"I will forever love this sport, it's been such an important part of my life. I have to thank my family who have supported me throughout my life and career.

I've had some great coaches, and those from my early years shaped me and installed really important values. I'm still friends with Ernie, my first club coach.

Read the full article.

Colin Ferguson and Aaralyn McGillPosted: 20170110
The Provincial Long Track Championships

...took place in Ottawa on Jan 14-15th.

Pictured is Colin Ferguson who brought home a silver medal in "Boys 9-11" and Aaralyn McGill who brought home a gold medal in "Girls 9-11".

Also competing were Hannah MacDougall, Kassidy Greulich and Matthew Buchanan-MacDougall.

Congratulations to all on your
respective finishes!!

Posted: 20170110
Congratulations on Cam Mason and Max Brant on their performances at the Canada Cup #2 long track meet in Calgary.

Cam Mason and Max Brant  - Canada Cup #2 long track meet in Calgary

Posted: 20160820
Welcome to the 2016/2017 skating season!

This September we will again offer a trial program. Registration and skate fitting for the TryB4UJoin program is on September 13th and 15th with lessons the following two weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
See the link for more information on this program.

Regular season registration and skate fitting starts on September 6th and 8th.
See the link for the forms that you will need to bring along with your registration payment and fundraising cheques.

Guest skating starts on Monday and Tuesday, September 12th and 13th.
See the link for the form that you will need to bring along with your registration payment.

Posted: 20160806

Please Note:
There is NO SUMMER ICE on Saturday, August 13th.

We hope that you enjoyed your summer training. See you in September!

Ernie Overland inducted into Speed Skating Canada's Hall of FamePosted: 20160622
Congratulations to Ernie Overland who has been inducted into Speed Skating Canada's Hall of Fame as a Builder.

Ernie Overland, father of Olympic medalists Kevin (Crockett) and Amanda as well as Olympian Cindy, has been actively coaching in Ontario since 1982. He also contributed to Derrick Campbell, gold medalist in the men's relay at the 1998 Olympic Games, Mike Ireland and Richard Shoebridge's Olympic Dream. While being a mentor across the country, he also developed and delivered speed skating specific programs for coaches at the Special Olympic World Games. Ernie Overland is the first inductee into Speed Skating Canada's Hall of Fame since 2006.

Check out his acceptance speech!

Congrats Ernie on your induction into SSC's Hall of Fame! We're so proud of you!!!

Canada East 2016 Banquet HighlightsPosted: 20160404
Canada East 2016 Banquet Highlights

Canada East was a memorable experience for both Daria and myself. I thought that I would share a link to the banquet highlights, the athletes had a great time! A lot of food, but sadly no seafood in the buffet :( Still a great time, a lot of stories to tell all of you when we meet next. This is the link to the banquet highlights showing the parade of athletes, the banquet hall and a few familiar faces!

Cheryl and Daria

Posted: 20151013
Helmet Fitting Clinic
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

· 1st Hour skaters 5:50 - 6:00PM
· 2nd Hour skaters 6:30-7:00PM

Watch the linked video for information on proper helmet fitting.

Are you aware that CSSC lists new and used equipment for sale?
Please see our New & Used Equipment for Sale for more information.

Posted: 20150921
CONGRATULATIONS TO ERNIE OVERLAND for winning the Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement Award!

This honour is awarded by the Coaches Association of Ontario to one recipient on Ontario across all sports disciplines.

The awarded coach must embody the spirit of sport as seen by past Olympic Decathlon coach, Andy Higgins.

These coaches have significant experience and a proven track record of 20 plus years.

Way to go, Ernie. We're very proud of you!

For more on Ernie's award, see http://ontariospeedskating.ca

400m GTO Oval on YouTubePosted: 20150201
Cambridge Speed Skaters enjoying some training on the 400m GTO oval.

A BIG thanks to Hannah and her family for providing the opportunity to create the only 400m oval in Southern Ontario.

400m GTO Oval - Night View
Watch the video on YouTube

Cambridge Multi-Sport OvalPosted: 20141020 - THE TIME HAS COME

Cambridge Multi-Sport Oval

Presently the people of Cambridge are frustrated with the lack, size and age of the facilities available for sport and leisure within the City.

Organizations are forced to travel to communities outside of Cambridge to participate in the activities they enjoy.

Decades of fiscal restraint coupled with continuous growth has Cambridge in a prime position financially to offer the expansion of its facilities to include this Multi-Sport Oval facility.

Please visit: www.cambridgeoval.ca for more information on this exciting opportunity that could lead Cambridge and the Region of Waterloo to the centre stage of athletics in Southern Ontario!

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