INTACT INSURANCE CLUB EXCELLENCE AWARD
The Intact Insurance Club Excellence Award distributes $20,000 in grants each season to local speed skating clubs undertaking grassroots development initiatives that help the sport grow and thrive within their community.
Generously sponsored by Speed Skating Canada’s longstanding partner, the Intact Insurance Club Excellence Award recognizes the contributions of local clubs to sport and community development and the importance of grassroots programs to high-performance success. It replaces the former Intact Insurance Podium Tracker program, which was active from 2010 to 2018.
Nominees for the Intact Insurance Club Excellence Award must demonstrate concrete plans to undertake a grassroots development initiative that aligns with Speed Skating Canada’s strategic objectives of Sport Excellence and Organizational Excellence.
- Sport Excellence: safety enhancements, coach development initiatives, purchase of new equipment, athlete training camps, inclusion efforts, etc.
- Organizational Excellence: revenue generation projects, recruitment activities, advertising or promotion strategies, etc.
Nominations will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- There is an identified need in the local community that this initiative will address (including, for the 2021-22 program, challenges and setbacks faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic)
- The project will generate a positive impact on speed skating (safety, sport development, participation, awareness, etc.)
- There is a realistic plan to put the initiative in place (budget, people, resources, etc.)
- The project’s success can be measured and/or quantified
To be considered for the Intact Insurance Club Excellence Award, a club must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be in good standing and not have any outstanding payments due to Speed Skating Canada or its respective PTSO
A club may only win the Intact Insurance Club Excellence Award a maximum of once every five years but may be considered a finalist for the award in any given year.
Five finalist clubs will be identified each year from the group of nominees. Of those finalists, one winning club will be selected.
- The winning club will receive a $10,000 grand prize and a visit from two National Team athletes during the following season.
- The remaining four finalists will each receive a $2,500 prize.
|2022||Kamloops Long Blades Association (BC)||Peninsula Speed Skating Club (BC), Milton Speed Skating Club (ON), Richmond Rockets Speed Skating Club (BC), Club de patinage de vitesse Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (QC)|
|2021||Dartmouth Crossing Speed Skating Club (NS)||Speedy Kids Oval Program (NS), Club de patinage de vitesse Les Loupiots (QC), Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club (SK), Vancouver Velocity Speed Skating Club (BC)|
|2020||Iqaluit Speed Skating Club (NU)||Calgary Speed Skating Association (AB), CPV West Island Cyclones (QC), Peninsula Speed Skating Club (BC), Yellowknife Speed Skating Club (NT)|
|2019||Calgary Grizzlies Speed Skating Club (AB)||Annapolis Valley Speed Skating Club (NS), Club de patinage de vitesse Centre-Sud (QC), Kingston Striders Speed Skating Club (ON), Club de patinage de vitesse Sherbrooke (QC)|