Provincial A Short Track Championships

This post is to provide clarification about the awarding of medals and ribbons at the Provincial A Short Track Championships in Newmarket (February 17-18, 2018). 

Medals will be awarded following racing on Sunday. Provincial medals will be awarded to the top 3 overall finishers in each age group (groups listed in the Provincial A Short Track bulletin).

Newmarket medals will be awarded to the first-place winning relay teams. 

Ribbons will be awarded to the top 5 finishers in each distance, and to the second and third place relay teams.  


Reminder - Quest For Gold deadline approaching

The Quest For Gold - Ontario Athlete Assistance Program deadline is this Monday. All required information must be submitted no later than Monday, February 5, 2018 to the OSSA Executive Director.

Information has been posted on the Quest For Gold page (Selection Criteria). 

It is the sole responsibility of the athlete to provide a full and complete application that meets all stated requirements. 


Junior #2 Selections - Short Track

Skaters applying for entry to the Canadian Junior #2 Selections should contact the OSSA office ( no later than Monday, February 5th at noon (12:00pm) and provide their season’s best 500m and 1500m, when and where skated.

Information about Junior #2 will be posted on Speed Skating Canada’s website as it becomes available.

Coaches Jesse Pauley (Ottawa) and Julie Byers (Kitchener-Waterloo) are scheduled to attend as OSSA coaches.


Remembering John Somerville

John Somerville, a devoted founder and developer of the St. Lawrence Rapids Speed Skating Club, has passed. He was very active in the club and his son Brodie was a competitive speed skater with the club.  He worked tirelessly but enthusiastically to grow the club from nothing, securing ice time, fundraising for skates and mats, and increasing the club membership.  He was passionate about the youth skaters and sponsored many local youth through his Jay’s Kids fund and Making Play Possible.  For certain, without John’s vision and dedication, the St. Lawrence Speed Skating Club would not have come into existence.  Many in the speed skating community will remember John and Brodie.  


2018 OWG Athlete List

The list of skaters who have qualified for the 2018 Ontario Winter Games (short track) has been posted at 

The Top 16 athletes in each Group are required to confirm their intent to participate in writing to OSSA (email by 5:00pm January 25, 2018.

NOTE: Entries NOT confirmed by this time will be allocated to the next ranked eligible skater. Alternates will be notified by January 26th.

Upon confirming intent to participate, skaters will be provided with information about registration and accommodations.

The 2018 Ontario Winter Games (short track events) are in Huntsville, Ontario. 


  • Thursday, March 1: Check-in and Opening Ceremonies
  • Friday, March 2: Day 1 Racing
  • Saturday, March 3: Day 2 racing