Welcome to the KW Sertoma Speed Skating Club!

The K-W Sertoma Speed Skating Club was formed in 1963 by a group of interested families with a love for the sport. It remains a strong sports organization in Waterloo Region, balancing being a family-oriented club with training skaters of all ages, including Special Olympic Athletes.

Our team of dedicated volunteer coaches develop a program tailored to groups of different ages and abilities. Our NCCP coaches receive ongoing training from the Ontario Speed Skating Association (OSSA), as well as other training programs.

Our competitive skaters, the KW Cobras, participate in many short track speed skating meets run by clubs in the province of Ontario. Some competitive skaters qualify to go to Provincial A and National Championships, as well as the Ontario and Canada Winter Games.

So whether you are interested in our competitive stream, or you simply want the fitness and social aspects of the sport, we have a program for you! Young children, youth and adults of all ages are welcome.

Come out and see what our club is all about. Remember to skate hard and go left!


Our Learn to Speed Skate registrants will be busy speed skating on RBC Sports Day November 21st. What will you be doing to celebrate the power of sport? ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

Interested in speed skating? There's still 2 days left to register for our first Learn to Speed Skate session this Thursday. Give us a try for RBC Sports Day! Visit www.kwspeedskating.com for details on how how register. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

First Regional meet of the season starts today at RIM Park in Waterloo! Good luck to all skaters and see you on the ice! GO COBRAS! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago  ·  

Last call for registration at the first meet of the season. Regional series skaters join us at RIM Park on October 17th and Provincial A skaters on October 18th. Forms due to the club tomorrow, October 7th. Details at www.kwspeedskating.com. Get those forms in! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago  ·  

Last call for sign up on the Level 1 Officials Clinic. See our website for details. www.kwspeedskating.com ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago  ·  

Great week of skating so far KW Cobras! Looking good out on the ice! Parents please attend one of our information sessions on September 21st or 24th. More information to come. Skaters make sure you register for our first meets of the season Oct 17-18th at RIM Park. Visit www.kwspeedskating.com for all the details and links to registration forms. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago  ·  

Two days to the start of a new season KW Cobras!! Looking forward to another great season on the ice! Visit www.kwspeedskating.com for links to registration forms for upcoming meets on October 17th and 18th at RIM Park. Go Cobras!!! ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago  ·  

FUNdamental campers! Only 2 days left until our camp kickoff at RIM Park on Friday! Be there at 4pm sharp for a weekend of fun and skating. Can't wait to get back on the ice, see you at RIM! ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago  ·  

Skaters ages 5-12 - TWO DAYS LEFT to sign up for our FUNdamentals speed skating camp August 21-23rd at RIM Park. Beginners and novices welcome! Visit www.kwspeedskating.com for details and registration forms. Registrations due by midnight August 14th. New skaters ages 5-12 can use the camp in lieu of our learn to speed skate program this fall if interested in full season membership. Email info@kwspeedskating.com for more information. ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago  ·  

That's a wrap for the 2014/2015 speed skating season in KW! Thanks to all the coaches, skaters, parents and volunteers for another great season on the ice. Watch our page for updates on our August summer camp, and registration information for the fall. See you on the ice in September! ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago  ·  

Congratulations to our KW Cobras competing over the few weeks across the country in New Brunswick and Ontario! Great job, your KW Speed Skating family is so proud of you. Check out the great shot of Team Ontario in New Brunswick! For more information visit www.kwspeedskating.com and check out our News page! ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago  ·  

Best of luck to all of our KW Cobras participating in the Ontario Provincial A Short Track Speed Skating Championships this weekend in Kingston, Ontario. Great job preparing this year, we are proud of all of you! Go Cobras! ... See MoreSee Less

9 months ago  ·  

Congratulations to KW Cobra Christopher Langridge and all Team Ontario members at last weekend's Canadian Long Track Championships in Saskatoon. Great results Team Ontario! Check out our website for the article and pictures www.kwspeedskating.com. ... See MoreSee Less

10 months ago  ·  

Happy New Years skaters! Regular practices resume this Saturday. Get ready for a fun filled, competitive 2015! Go Cobras!! ... See MoreSee Less

11 months ago  ·  

Happy Holidays to all of us from the KW Sertoma Speed Skating Club. May you have time to spend enjoying the company of family and friends, and may health and happiness be yours into the new year. See you on the ice in 2015! ... See MoreSee Less

11 months ago  ·  

Keep checking our website www.kwspeedskating.com for news and information on the KW Sertoma Speed Skating Club and our KW Cobras. Follow us on Twitter - @kwspeedskates. ... See MoreSee Less

12 months ago  ·  

Best of luck to all the KW Cobras headed out to the Clarington Speed Skating Club this weekend for Canada Winter Games trials and Provincial Meet #2. Stay safe on the roads and see you on the ice! ... See MoreSee Less

1 year ago  ·  

KW Cobras have a great start to the season with meets in KW, Cambridge and Brampton. Next up, Provincial A Series Cobras are in Clarington. Go KW Cobras!! ... See MoreSee Less

1 year ago  ·  

A quick note about Facebook and Twitter

  • Any information conveyed through these social media sites (pages, comments, tweets, etc.) do not necessarily reflect the position or opinion of the KW Sertoma Speed Skating Club or its board members.
  • All official KW Sertoma Speed Skating Club information is communicated and managed on this website.


Board of Directors and Consititution

The Club is governed by a Board of Directors. KWSSSC Board of Directors respect and follow the Club Constitution.


2015-2016 Board Members:

  • Angela Schrum – President
  • BJ Leidl – Vice President
  • Doug Flynn – Past President
  • David Wong – Treasurer
  • Deb Langridge – Secretary
  • Rosie Chong – Registrar and Membership
  • Don Clarke – Equipment
  • Doug Gibbons – Coaching
  • Kelly Schmidtke – Communications and E-Media
  • Mark Blasman – Director at Large
  • Deb Baxter-Heeney – Director at Large
  • Ann Flanagan – Director at Large
  • Tom Erdman – Director at Large
  • Tom Read – Director at Large
  • Chris Pursel – Director at Large


Club Code of Conduct All KWSSSC members must agree to the Club Code of Conduct and sign off their agreement to adhere to this policy as part of their membership registration annually.



1920s – Local speed skaters in KW, small number with interest in the sport

1963 – Notice placed in the KW Record by the KW Sertoma Service Club. The Sertoma Club wished to sponsor a worthwhile sports project. Ontario Amateur Speed Skating Association president Joe Huibers of St. Catharines, Ontario, with John Jurdis and Dennis Laverty, executive members of the Association, took the notice and persuaded the Sertoma Club to host the 1963 Canadian Outdoor Championships in the KW area. Lacking a competitive club, the group still held a very successful 1963 Outdoor event, and through appeals to local youth, they entered eight skaters in this meet. The meet was held on a six lap track put on Victoria Lake in downtown Kitchener.


Martin Deutschlander, a local skater, entered as a Junior, borrowing a pair of racing skates four days before the competitions. Martin won a third place medal in one final and placed fourth in another. An amazing accomplishment for someone who had never seen a racing skate a week earlier.


Ebele Hanje, another KW area skater, entered the Senior Men’s class using a pair of Dutch wooden strap-on skates.

1964 – Following the championships, Joe Huibers influenced the Sertoma Club to form a speed skating club locally. The K-W Sertoma Speed Skating Club was formed. Seven skaters turned out to the original club meeting. Two Sertomans, Bill Plauntz and Jack Battler, took over positions as coach and treasurer of the club.

The original seven skaters were Bob Bryant, Marty Deutschlander, Ron Billings, Ebele Hanje, Hank Klayer, Greg Peterson and Gregg Planert.


The first female club competitors joined the club this year – Connie DeGroot, Rosemary Wiese, Kathy Hoch and Karen McLaughlin. Karen and her younger sister, Mary Ann, both won Canadian Championships as well as competing in provincial and U.S. competitions.

1967 – DeGroot, Wiese, Bryant and Klayer were on the Ontario Team at the original Winter Games in Quebec with Planert as chief timer of the event.

1968 – Greg Peterson won the Canadian Outdoor Championship Junior title in Saskatchewan. Bill Plauntz and Jack Battler retired and Bob Planert took over as coach, with Gerry Haack as secretary-treasurer. Planert had been an associate member of the skating club from the start, acting as an official and helping with transportation to various meets.


1969 – This season saw the arrival of additional coaches Jeff Crebolder and Tony Byyank, as well as the very welcome addition of Marcia Parson, former Olympic Team member from Alberta. Marcia, a school teacher, skated for the club and encouraged several of her students to join.

1970s – Planert, along with Joe Hanje (Ebele’s brother) and Patti Hoch, skated in Europe as Canadian Association team members in the early 1970’s. Joe and Patti became members of the Club. Planert later turned to coaching – two years in China and later with skaters in Calgary, Alberta.

1971 to 1978 – the following members won or tied Canadian Short Track or Long Track titles: Marcia Backner Parson, Gerald Dickey, Patti Hoch and Ann McLaughlin. Patti Hock, Liz Ellenton, Darrell Haack and Ian Hennigar were on the Ontario Team at the 1975 Canada Games. Hoch, Terry Rektor, Bob Crebolder and Gerry Haack were local club members on the 1971 Ontario Canada Games team.


1980 – The club moved to the Conestoga College rink

2001 – Waterloo’s RIM Park complex was built and consideration was given to the club, as described in the City of Waterloo archives. The club has called RIM Park’s Lion’s Arena rink home since the facility opened. The complex provides our club with permanent and convenient ice-side storage for the large mats that are necessary for skater safety at practices and meets.

2014 – The KW Sertoma Speed Skating Club celebrates its 50th anniversary!


Where are they now??

Ian Hennigar later became Executive Director for the Ontario Speed Skating Association, exiting in 2004.

Bob Crebolder was a head coach for the Saskatchewan Speed Skating Association.

Ebele Hanje passed away in 2014, but his children and grandchildren continue to skate with our club.

Thank you to our sponsors! We couldn’t do it without your financial and community support.

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