Speed Skating Canada

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Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada logo.png
Sport Speed skating
Jurisdiction Canada
Abbreviation SSC
Founded 1887[1][2][3]
Affiliation International Skating Union
Affiliation date 1894
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario[4]
President Marie-Claire Rouleau[5]
Other key staff Nicole Slot, Athlete Director
Official website

Speed Skating Canada (commonly abbreviated to SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. It was founded in 1887,[1][2] five years before the International Skating Union[6] of which SSC later became a member in 1894.[1][2]


In 1854, three British army officers raced on the St. Lawrence River, going from Montreal to Quebec City, which marked Canada's first recorded ice skating race. It is believed that from then on, ice skating races became a part of Canadian culture.[1][2][3]

In 1887, the Amateur Skating Association of Canada was formed. That year, the first official speed skating championships took place. At that time, figure skating and speed skating shared an organization, however the needs of the speed skaters were predominant. In 1894, the Amateur Skating Association of Canada became the first non-European organization to be a member of the International Skating Union.[1][2][3]

In 1905, short track speed skating was created and gaining popularity in Canada and the United States.[2]

In 1939, the figure skaters formed their own organization and thus the Amateur Skating Association of Canada was made up of speed skaters only. Now that it was a speed skating only organization, the name was changed to the Canadian Amateur Speed Skating Association (or CASSA) in 1960.[2]

It was not until 2000 that CASSA changed their name, yet again, to Speed Skating Canada.[1][2]


The organization is governed by the Board of Directors which is elected by the members. It is composed of the President, the Athletes Director, the Treasurer, and five Directors at Large.[7]


Speed Skating Canada is split up into thirteen branches, each representing a Canadian province or territory, as follows:


  1. ^ a b c d e f "About Speed Skating". Speed Skating Canada. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h J. Thomas West. "Speed Skating - Origins". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  3. ^ a b c "Lace Up: Canada's Passion for Skating - History of Speed Skating in Canada". Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation. 2007-01-19. Archived from the original on 2008-01-28. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  4. ^ "Structure". Speed Skating Canada. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  5. ^ "Directory - Board of Directors". Speed Skating Canada. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  6. ^ "ISU: Member Federations". International Skating Union. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  7. ^ "Management". Speed Skating Canada. Retrieved 2008-01-26.