Five speed skating clubs selected to deliver Skate Like a Girl pilot program

Clubs in Edmonton, Quebec City, Regina, Port Coquitlam and Mirabel/Saint-Jérôme to offer six-week program that teaches girls aged 12 to 16 how to speed skate

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Speed Skating Canada is proud to announce the five speed skating clubs that were selected to deliver the organization’s Skate Like a Girl pilot program, a tailored 6-week training program for female athletes aged 12-16 years old who are new to the sport.

Funded through Sport Canada’s Innovation Initiative grant, Skate Like a Girl is an exciting gender equity initiative aimed to help increase female participation in athlete, coach, and leadership roles within the sport of speed skating.

Following a national application process, these five speed skating clubs were selected to deliver the program in their respective communities.

  • Edmonton Speed Skating Association
  • Regina Speed Skating Club
  • Port Coquitlam Lightning Speed Skating Club
  • Club de patinage de vitesse Mirabel et Saint-Jérôme
  • Club de patinage de vitesse de la Ville de Québec

The Skate Like a Girl program teaches girls aged 12 to 16 how to speed skate through a six-week on-ice program tailored to female athletes. Participants connect with other girls in their community and are provided mentorship from National Team athletes and a female coach. The program offers workshops to help participants build confidence, leadership skills and healthy habits.

On-Ice Programming

Athletes will learn valuable on-ice technical skills through a tailored program framework developed by Speed Skating Canada and project lead Cindy Klassen. They will be taught these important skating skills from qualified local coaches.

  • Edge Control
  • Gliding
  • Agility
  • Crossovers
  • Corner Lean
  • Balance
  • Passing
  • Slalom

Off-Ice Programming

Athletes will have the opportunity to attend six different off-ice workshops organized by Speed Skating Canada. They will attend sessions virtually with other Skate Like a Girl skaters from across Canada, where they will learn about a variety of key topics.

  • Leadership Skills
  • Healthy Habits
  • Team Building

If you are interested in learning more about the Skate Like a Girl program and where it is being delivered, please click on the club named above to visit their respective website, where program dates and registration information is available.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Price (jprice@speedskating.ca).