Speed Skating Canada's 2020-2021 Annual Report

The 2020-2021 season presented a unique set of challenges and opportunities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many normal speed skating activities stood at a standstill. The great majority of competitions – at the local, national and international level – were cancelled. Arenas in many areas of the country temporarily closed their doors. Gathering restrictions prevented training groups from uniting in person. The word ‘safety’ gained an extra level of meaning.

Through it all, our speed skating community came together and demonstrated a formidable strength of spirit. Athletes and coaches leaned into their creativity and found new, remote ways of building skills at home. Our National Program athletes trained in new environments – including Fort St. John, Red Deer, Halifax and on Canada’s beautiful lakes – and we seized the connectedness offered by technology to link them with clubs, schools and skaters across Canada. New programs and tools were launched to engage our community, including virtual challenges, online coach and officials education, and Return to Sport Town Halls.

Our response to COVID-19 did not detract from other critical initiatives within our 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. Over the pages of our 2020-2021 SSC Annual Report, you will find highlights of our accomplishments in the areas of Sport Excellence and Organizational Excellence. We continue to drive toward these goals, seeking input, collaboration and inspiration from our members and participants.

Sport will be a powerful vehicle for uniting and re-energizing Canadians as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. To all who are working alongside us to inspire and challenge Canada to thrive – our PTSOs, clubs, coaches, officials, volunteers, partners and athletes – we owe so much. Thank you for your tireless efforts to rise above the challenges of this past year. As one speed skating community, we will continue to push faster forward and achieve excellence on and off the ice. 

 

Download: 2020-2021 SSC Annual Report