SSC’s Intact Insurance Day on Skates moves on to Edmonton

SSC’s Intact Insurance Day on Skates moves on to Edmonton

- After a successful launch to the second season in Montreal on Feb. 2 and 3, Speed Skating Canada’s (SSC) Intact Insurance Day on Skates moves to Edmonton this weekend, Feb. 16 and 17, at Hawrelak Park during the Silver Skate Festival. Located right in the heart of the festival, guests will have an opportunity to skate with some of the best short and long track speed skaters in the world training from the national team training centre at Calgary’s Olympic Oval.

The Intact Insurance Day on Skates is an opportunity for Canadians to get involved, experience and learn more about Canada’s oldest nationally organized sport – speed skating.

Short track speed skaters Jessica Gregg and Gabrielle Waddell will be on hand. In four World Cups this season, Gregg earned a gold and silver in the 500 metres and silver in the relay. At the recent World Cup in Sochi, Russia, Waddell won her first career medal, bronze in the 500 metres, and then took a silver in the relay.

From the long track program, Olympic gold medallist and world champion Denny Morrison will be present, as will Tyler Derraugh. In five World Cups this season, Derraugh had four top-10 finishes in the 1,000 metres.

“An event like the Intact Insurance Day on Skates is a great opportunity to have Edmontonians and visitors see what our sport is all about at a local level,” said Blair Carbert, president of the Alberta Speed Skating Association (ASSA). “At Alberta speed skating, we look forward to seeing the Edmonton Speed Skating Club grow in numbers of skaters and volunteers, and continue to deliver great training for skaters.”

SSC’s Intact Insurance Day on Skates offers two days of free events from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for families and children. Activities will include speed skating clinics and open skating, with rental skates provided free of charge, demonstrations by local club athletes and opportunities to meet national team athletes and Olympians.

There will be World Cup Podium Tracker presentation on Saturday. Intact Insurance representative Luisa Currie along with Richard Starke, Alberta Minister for tourism and sport, and Ian Moss, Speed Skating Canada’s chief executive officer, will present the $1,000 check to Stephanie Dodyk, president of the Lloydminster Speed Skating Club.

The schedule for Saturday and Sunday of events is as follows:
11 a.m.: Launch of Intact Day on Skates 2013 and athlete autograph signing
11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Speed skating team demonstration
11:30 a.m. - noon: Speed skating clinic #1
12:15 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.: Speed skating team demonstration
12:20 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.: Speed skating clinic #2
12:30 p.m.: World Cup Podium Tracker check presentation (Saturday)
12:50 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.: Free skating
1:45 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Speed skating team demonstration
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Speed skating clinic #3
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.: Speed skating clinic #4
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Speed skating clinic #5
4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Free skating and athlete autograph signing