Short track times now being accepted for virtual Canadian Youth Challenge

Virtual short track challenge runs until March 28; open to skaters from ages 10 to 15 and features a variety of individual and team races

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – With warming temperatures, the long track season will soon come to an end in many part of the country. But that doesn't mean the end of competitive opportunities! Speed Skating Canada is proud to launch the short track events for the 2021 Canadian Youth Challenge, presented by Intact Insurance, a set of national events for skaters to complete locally with the active support of club coaches and teammates.  

Generously sponsored by Speed Skating Canada’s longstanding partner, Intact Insurance, the 2021 Canadian Youth Challenge is open to skaters of all abilities from ages 10 to 15 and features a variety of individual and team challenges.

  • Short Track Youth Challenge (February 22 - March 28) 
    • ST Individual Events: 1 lap flyer, 2 lap pursuit, 400m, 500m 
    • ST Team Events: 2-person relay (10'), Team Sprint (4 laps)

Skaters from across Canada can once again compete against one another, this time for prizes and bragging rights! The more a skater participates, the better their chances are of winning a prize. There are also some impressive prizes for club participation, so encourage all of your skaters to send in their times. 

  • Individual Prizing: Random prize draws for participation (1 entry per skater) and for each individual age/gender category. An additional entry is earned with each individual or team event completed.
  • Club Prizing: Prizes for clubs with highest percentage of entries based on their current membership numbers.

Over 300 individual entries and 20 team entries were submitted for the long track challenge events, which ran from January 18 to February 28. 

Since 2010, Intact Insurance has contributed a total of $380,000 to support grassroots speed skating initiatives across Canada through the former Podium Tracker program and current Club Excellence Award, which provides funding to clubs undertaking projects that help grow the sport in their communities.

You’ll find additional information on the 2021 Canadian Youth Challenge, including detailed rules for each of the disciplines and a promotional poster, on our website.

We recognize that the implementation of the 2021 Canadian Youth Challenge may look different in communities across the country due to local and provincial restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage our athletes and clubs to participate as much as possible while remaining safe and respecting the guidance of health authorities. 

If you have any questions regarding the Youth Challenge, please reach out to Jessica Price