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About Speed Skating

Speed Skating has two disciplines: Short Track Speed Skating and Long Track Speed Skating. With the Red Deer Lions Speed Skating Club, skaters will learn both disciplines. Speed Skating is governed by provincial, national, and international bodies. Read on for more info about our Sport! 

Speed Skating Organizations

There are three bodies that govern speed skating - provincially, nationally, and internationally. 

Speed Skating Alberta

Speed Skating Alberta, SSA, (formerly the Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association, AASSA), is the provincial sport organization (PTSO) responsible for the amateur sport of speed skating in the Province of Alberta. Our Association administers both long and short track. A total of 1400 skaters, volunteers, coaches, officials, and administrators from community clubs across Alberta make up the membership of SSA. SSA is one of the provincial/territorial sport organizations that makes up Speed Skating Canada (SSC), our national sport organization. SSC is governed by the International Skating Union (ISU). Speed Skating Alberta is located at the Calgary Olympic Oval and online:

Speed Skating Canada

SSC is our sport’s national governing body and was founded in Montreal in 1887. SSC supports athletes, develops officials, and leads the sport of Speed Skting - Canada's most successful Olympic sport. Speed Skating Canada proudly represents over 12,000 athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers from coast to coast. Find out more:

International Skating Union

The ISU is the international sport governing body for short and long track speed skating, as well as for figure skating. The ISU is responsible for organizing the World Cups and World Championships of short and long track speed skating, not to mention the Olympic competitions. Website:

The Long & the Short of Speed Skating!

Long Track and Short Track Speed Skating are complementary disciplines. Skaters in Red Deer will train in both disciplines!

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