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Skater Development: Speed Skating Canada

The Red Deer Lions Speed Skating Club follows the Speed Skating Canada Long Term Participant and Athlete Development Model.

We are committed to the holistic development of skaters and to helping each individual participant achieve his or her own level of excellence. Science, research and decades of experience all tell us that kids and adults will get active, stay active, and even reach the greatest heights of their sport if they are exposed to the right thing, in the right way, at the right time in their development. (

Skater Age Classes

All ages are calculated based on a skater's age as of June 30th prior to the Meet. As Speed Skating seasons normally run from September to April, this means that a skater's age is calculated based on the past June (e.g. Speed Skating Season is September 2022-April 2023, Skater's Age is calculated based on June 30, 2022. A Skater born June 29th who is 15, will skate as a 15-year-old. A Skater born July 3rd who is also 15, will actually skate as a 14-year-old. 

Skating Programs

In our Club, we organize skaters into Groups based on age and ability. Please register based on whether you wish to skate 1 Night/Week or 2 Nights/Week and Coaches will place skaters based on their ability last year. New Skaters will start with Group 1 and will be evaluated and placed by the Coaches. Group 3 (3 Nights/Week) will be created as needed. 

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