WELCOME TO THE KW SERTOMA SPEED SKATING CLUB!

Join us today!

About Us

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!

Coaching Team

Patti Walsh

Patti Walsh

Head Coach: FUNdamentals, Learn 2 Train, Active 4 Life, Learn to Speed Skate
Coach: Train 2 Train/Learn 2 Compete

Patti has been speed skating for over 30 years. She started with her family, but as a lifelong learner and educator, it was natural that she found her way into the coaching world of speed skating. She is also an NCCP Coach Developer/Facilitator/Evaluator. Her coaching philosophy in all sports has always been: “Did you try your best? Did you learn something new? Did you have fun? Then we are all winners!”

“Skating is the most wonderful feeling in the world. The feel of the ice and the power of the glide is amazing. Sharing that feeling and the comraderies of the speed skating family across all of Canada and beyond is something that brings me great joy.”

 

Julie Byers

Julie Byers

Head Coach: Train 2 Train/Learn 2 Compete

Bio coming soon

Sydney Cook

Sydney Cook

Head Coach: Active 4 Life
Coach: FUNdamentals/Learn 2 Train, Train 2 Train/Learn 2 Compete

Sydney joined KWSSSC with her mom as a young teenager looking for a sport that spoke to her. Now, many years later, she tries her best to pass on her enthusiasm for the sport in her coaching. She loves how speed skating brings people together, and offers opportunity for sport and community to all ages, interests and abilities.

“When I coach I want to be as inclusive as possible, so that hopefully everyone can find the sense of belonging in the skating community that I did.”

 

Doug Gibbons

Doug Gibbons

Coach: Train 2 Train/Learn 2 Compete

Bio coming soon

Teresa Ruetz

Teresa Ruetz

Coach: FUNdamentals

Teresa has always known speed skating to be a great family sport, given the over 30 year involvement of her sister’s (Coach Patti!) family. She had loved being on the ice as a figure skater, and so in 1995 found the great opportunity to continue with skating as well as spend time with her nieces and nephews, including a young Coach Julie! She enjoys watching kids learn skills and improve over the weeks and months, and likes to do what she can to help the club reach more young skaters. As we like to say, practice makes performance!

“I love being on ice, the speed of it, the sport’s gracefulness. I like trying to improve and remember all the lessons I’ve had.”

 

Jerry Slusarek

Jerry Slusarek

Coach: FUNdamentals

Bio coming soon

Aaron Clarke

Aaron Clarke

Coach: Train 2 Train/Learn 2 Compete

Bio coming soon

 

Thank you to the Sertoma Club, the City of Kitchener and the City of Waterloo! We could not do it without your financial and community support!