The Hamilton Speed Skating Club is a non-profit, volunteer run organization that is open to athletes 17 years of age or younger and are residents of Hamilton. Our purpose is to provide Hamilton’s youth the opportunity to participate in speed skating under the auspices of the Ontario Speed Skating Association, both for recreation and to compete in race meets around the province.
For times and locations, please refer to the home page on the side bar.
If you are older than 17, or not a resident of Hamilton you can still attend our skating sessions, as a member of our affiliated speed skating club The Golden Horseshoe Speed Skating Club. Please contact us for details. Contact information is on the home page.
Speed skating offers a wonderful mix of camaraderie, competition, recreation and personal satisfaction. Most of the training is co-operative, the boys and girls of different ages and abilities train and compete together. The skaters develop at their own ability, their own pace and can find their own niche in the sport. Speed skating provides a real alternative to the traditional winter sports in the Greater Hamilton area. The Hamilton Speed Skating Club offers an attractive choice for many families in the Hamilton area as it provides opportunities for all family members who can participate together as a family.
Our purpose is to provide the opportunity for people of all ages and ability to participate in speed skating under the auspices of the Ontario Speed Skating Association, both for recreation and to compete in race meets around the province.
Canada’s speed skaters having been consistently successful over the past decade demonstrates the remarkable potential of speed skating. We want to help raise the profile and accessibility of the sport in Hamilton, so that many more children and families can participate in fulfilling their dreams while they learn the virtues of discipline, tenacity, cooperation, sportsmanship and physical fitness. Speed skating had a high profile in Canada in 2010 because of the Olympics in Vancouver, B.C.
Speed skating is truly an amateur sport. It relies on membership dues and donations at the local club level to provide the funds to pay for ice time, and parents’ or members’ own money for personal equipment and travel expenses to attend race meets as well as on the voluntary contribution of time for coaching (and the acquisition of associated qualifications), organization, and race meeting officiating.
Speed skating is a sport which provides ample opportunities for youth to compete from local to Olympic levels, and at older ages in Masters categories. There are regular competitions throughout the province with differing levels of abilities.