Celebrate National Coaches Week by Saying #ThanksCoach from September 18-26

Speed skating coaches invited to take advantage of free professional development eLearning modules

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – National Coaches Week is a time to celebrate the positive impact coaches have on athletes and their communities across Canada. The annual campaign organized by the Coaching Association of Canada is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by taking the time to say #ThanksCoach.  

Taking place from September 18-26, this week is a time to recognize and acknowledge the valuable contributions that coaches make to the quality of life in communities across Canada. Each year, thousands of people across Canada take part in National Coaches Week to say #ThanksCoach for their time, effort and generosity.  

Here are a few ways that members of the speed skating community can get involved. 

Explore the Participation Guide 

The National Coaches Week Participation Guide contains everything you need to make National Coaches Week a success for your coach, team, and organization. You can also access National Coaches Week resources by visiting www.coach.ca/NationalCoachesWeek.   


Enjoy Free eLearning Opportunities 

Take advantage of these FREE coaching modules from Speed Skating Canada. Register now to start your certification process or get points for maintenance of certification. You can also log into The Locker to access additional eLearning modules. 

  • Introduction to Competition: Equipment (Register Now) 
    • Tuesday, September 21 at 8:00PM ET 
    • Presented by Patti Walsh, Learning Facilitator (Ontario) 
  • Making Ethical Decisions (Register Now) 
    • Wednesday, September 22 at 7:00PM ET 
    • Presented by Todd Landon, Learning Facilitator (Nova Scotia) 


Say #ThanksCoach on Social Media 

Take part in the National Coaches Week conversation using #CoachesWeek and #ThanksCoach. You can also use the National Coaches Week Facebook profile frame throughout the week to show your support. And be sure to follow Speed Skating Canada on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for your chance to win some great swag for you and your coach!


In addition to using the #ThanksCoach hashtag online during National Coaches Week, we encourage all athletes, participants, parents and friends to say 'Thanks, Coach!’ in real life too – all year round! 

If you have any questions about National Coaches Week or the eLearning modules offered by Speed Skating Canada, reach out to Jessica Price.