Short Track “Meets”
The Ontario Speed Skating Association (OSSA) holds a number of short track speed skating competitions, also known as ‘meets’, throughout the season. Skaters begin in the Regional racing series before being invited to join the “Elite Circuit”, based on race times from regional meets.
Participation in meets is entirely optional. Our club consists of both recreational and competitive skaters. Parents can have discussions with both their skater and the coaches to see whether or not this is something they may want to consider.
The yearly meet calendar can always be found on OSSA’s website
Download our guide for what to expect at a meet
Club skin suits must be worn for meets and can be rented from the club for each competition. Our equipment manager will be happy to help you. Read our tip sheet on how to take care of your club skin suit before renting!
Other required equipment: helmet, goggles with strap, neck guard with chest protection, cut proof gloves, knee pads, shin guards, Kevlar ankle protectors. Some levels of competition require a cut-proof Dinema under-suit.
Check with your coach beforehand to make sure all of your equipment meets OSSA safety standards for competition!
Check the OSSA website under Competitions tab for competition schedules, bulletins and registration forms. To register for a meet, the registration form and payment must be submitted to your coach by the posted deadline.
Long Track Competition
Some of our elite skaters travel out of province to compete on the 400m “long track” oval! We have long track “clap” skates available for rent if this interests you – talk to your coach!
Some skaters participate in long track marathon skating, at distances of 21km, 25km, 42km and 50km, depending on the event. Often all in one weekend! These events are available for anybody to register, and are particularly popular with our Active for Life skaters.
Check out Skate the Lake Portland, Ontario for a chance to skate their 1km natural ice oval! This weekend is family friendly and offers a variety of distances, starting at 5km, and even a relay event.
Lake Placid, NY also hosts marathon skating on their outdoor Olympic oval. See if you can spot any KW Cobras in their website slideshow!
Stay tuned for more marathon opportunities.