Speed Skating Canada
|Affiliation||International Skating Union|
|Other key staff||Nicole Slot, Athlete Director
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, five years before the International Skating Union of which SSC later became a member in 1894.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Speed Skating Canada is split up into thirteen branches, each representing a Canadian province or territory, as follows:
- Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association
- British Columbia Speed Skating Association
- Manitoba Speed Skating Association
- Newfoundland & Labrador Speed Skating Association
- Nunavut Speed Skating Association
- NWT Amateur Speed Skating Association
- Ontario Speed Skating Association
- Quebec Speed Skating Federation
- Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association
- Speed Skate New-Brunswick
- Speed Skate Nova Scotia
- Speed Skate PEI
- Yukon Amateur Speed Skating Association
- "About Speed Skating". Speed Skating Canada. Retrieved 2008-01-14.
- J. Thomas West. "Speed Skating - Origins". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-01-14.
- "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.
- "Structure". Speed Skating Canada. Retrieved 2008-01-14.
- "Directory - Board of Directors". Speed Skating Canada. Retrieved 2008-01-14.
- "ISU: Member Federations". International Skating Union. Retrieved 2008-01-14.
- "Management". Speed Skating Canada. Retrieved 2008-01-26.