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!


NEW! July 22, 2016 – Forms are up for 2016/2017 full season registration. Visit our registration page and click on the ‘Full Season’ tab.

NEW! July 22, 2016 – Forms are up for 2016/2017 Learn to Speed Skate. Visit our registration page and click on the ‘Learn to Speed Skate’ tab.


Another successful FUNdamentals camp - thanks to all coaches, volunteers and skaters for a great weekend! ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago  ·  

Here we go! Forms are up for the 2016/2017 speed skating season. Visit kwspeedskating.com for registration forms and details.

Parents - make sure you attend one of the parent meetings on Thursday July 28th or August 17th at 7pm. It is VERY important that you make time to attend one of these meetings to be informed on the upcoming season.
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1 month ago  ·  

Just a few days left to sign up your new skaters for our FUNdamental camp August 19th-21st at RIM Park in Waterloo. Make sure you submit your registration form before midnight July 18th so you don't miss out on this popular camp! Details and registration forms on kwspeedskating.com or email register@kwspeedskating.com. See you on the ice! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago  ·  

Don't forget to sign up your speed skating future stars for our FUNdamentals camp August 19-21st at RIM Park in Waterloo. Visit kwspeedskating.com or email register@kwspeedskating.com for details and registration forms. Hurry to reserve your spot - the deadline for signup is midnight July 18th! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago  ·  

Sign up for our FUNdamentals Speed Skating Camp August 19-21st at RIM Park in Waterloo. This camp is for beginners and novices ages 5-12. Deadline for signup is midnight July 18th. Visit www.kwspeedskating.com on the Registration page for FUNdamentals Camp for the registration form and flyer. See you in August! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago  ·  

2 KW Cobras are hitting the National stage this week in Fredericton, New Brunswick for the Canadian Short Track Junior Open Selection #2. Congratulations to our Cobras for such an amazing achievement. Follow us on Twitter @kwspeedskates for results and updates throughout the week. GO COBRAS!! ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago  ·  

KW Cobras are not done yet! Looking forward to a great weekend of racing with the Milton Speed Skating Club for the Provincial B/C/Masters Championships. Skaters watch the members site for details on warm up and start times for your group. ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago  ·  

Cobras keeping the hardware coming! Two medals for our Masters in Lake Placid last weekend in the 10K Age Group race caps off a fantastically successful weekend for all of our Cobras. Keep watching kwspeedskates.com for updates as our Cobras hit the national stage this month! ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago  ·  

Fantastic day skaters with loads of great racing, PBs and fun! Time adjustment tomorrow - racing begins at 8:50am skaters. See you on the ice! ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago  ·  

It's almost here! Come out to RIM Park March 5th and 6th to see the fastest youth speed skaters in Ontario! OSSA's Provincial A Short Track Speed Skating Championships are the place to be that weekend. More info to come! ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago  ·  

Great job by our KW Cobras in Barrie this past weekend. Gearing up now for our Provincial Championships March 5-6th at RIM Park in Waterloo. Come and watch Ontario's fastest speed skaters in action! ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago  ·  

Visit our friend Lucy on her page and see all the sports she tries, including short track speed skating! Thanks Lucy for showing everyone how much fun sports can be :) ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago  ·  

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and yes he's sooo nice! TYYYY Gilmore!

7 months ago  ·  

Come to RIM Park March 5-6th to see the best youth short track speed skaters in the province! The KW Sertoma Speed Skating Club is hosting the 2015-2016 Provincial A Short Track Speed Skating meet at RIM Park. There are lots of great reasons to come out and support Ontario's up and coming athletes. Stay tuned for more information... ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago  ·  

Congratulations to all of our Innsbruck skaters returning from Austria last week. They made us so proud and have memories to last a lifetime. Stay tuned on our website for pictures from their amazing trip. Way to go Cobras! ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago  ·  

Happy New Year Cobras! What a way to start it off with 8 of our skaters gearing up for a fun and exciting week in Innsbruk Austria for the International Children's Games! Watch the ICG Facebook page for updates on the event and follow each other for personal pictures. Our website (www.kwspeedskating.com) and Twitter account (@kwspeedskates) will cover the action too - stay engaged and cheer each other on! ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago  ·  

All club members and their families are reminded of our annual Christmas Family Skate this Saturday. Be sure to bring snacks and your skates for a lot of festive fun on the ice and off. And look for the guy in the red suit and the shiny blades... ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago  ·  

Congratulations to the KW Sertoma Speed Skating Club on receiving an Intact Insurance Podium Tracker Award! We are honoured and proud to promote speed skating in our community and in Ontario. For details on this program visit sirc.ca/news/intact-insurance-awards-11000-11-speed-skating-clubs-part-podium-tracker-program ... See MoreSee Less

9 months ago  ·  

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

9 months 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

9 months 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

10 months 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

11 months ago  ·  

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  • 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 Bylaws.


2016-2017 Board Members:

  • Angela Schrum – President
  • BJ Leidl – Vice President
  • David Wong – Treasurer
  • Deb Langridge – Secretary
  • Rosie Chong – Registrar and Membership
  • Don Clarke – Equipment
  • Julie Walsh – Coaching Liason
  • Kelly Schmidtke – Marketing and Communications
  • Doug Gibbons – Coaching/Bingo Representative
  • Tom Read – Director at Large/KW Sertoma Representative
  • Deb Baxter-Heeney – Director at Large
  • Ann Flanagan – 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.

Click on a link below to read KW Sertoma Speed Skating Club Policies.

coming soon



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. He passed away in 2016 after a long and successful career in youth sports and speed skating, being the first ever winner in 2015 of Speed Skate Canada’s President’s Commendation Award for outstanding contribution to the sport of speed skating for over 40 years.

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.

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