The Moose Jaw Speed Skating Club was established in 1968.
The club has a history of producing top athletes in our province, many of whom have moved on to compete on the national and international stages.
Our club offers programs at both the recreational and competitive levels. We cover all age ranges and provide training in a fun and safe environment.
Come see us at our home location - the Kinsmen Arena in Moose Jaw.
2019-20 MJSSC Board Members:
President – John Cline
Treasurer – John Morris
Secretary – Lisa Benson
Registration Coordinator – Ed Seman
Facilities & Equipment Coordinator - Vacant
Competitions Coordinator – Ben Capili
Marketing & Promotions Coordinator – Samantha Allen
Coach & Athlete Development Coordinator – Verna Kergan
Fundraising Coordinator – Trish Seman
SASSA Rep – Jana Beesley-Capili
A Bit of History...
The roots of ice skating date back over 1,000 years to the frozen canals and waterways of Scandinavia and the Netherlands when men laced animal bones to their footwear and glided across frozen lakes and rivers. By the 1600’s, traveling on blades between villages had become a useful and enjoyable means of transportation for the Dutch. Surprisingly, credit for the first pair of all-iron skates goes to a Scotsman who invented them in 1592. The iron blade accelerated the spread of speed skating and in 1642 the Skating Club of Edinburgh warmed. In 1763 the world's first organized speed skating race, which covered a distance of slightly more than 24 kilometres, was held on the Fens in England.Eventually, the fledgling sport found its way to North America, where a lighter, sharper and longer all-steel blade was first produced in 1850.
Canada's first recorded ice skating race took place on the St. Lawrence River in 1854 when three British army officers raced from Montréal to Québec City. Speed skating races became a regular feature of winter life; and by 1887 the Amateur Skating Association of Canada, the young country's first sport association, was formed.
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