Launch of virtual Canadian Youth Challenge presented by Intact Insurance

Virtual long track challenge runs until February 21; open to skaters from ages 10 to 15 and features a variety of individual and team races

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Due to the cancellation of this season’s domestic competitions, Speed Skating Canada’s sport development and events teams have been hard at work developing virtual opportunities to engage our community this winter. Today, we are proud to launch the long track events for the 2021 Canadian Youth Challenge, presented by Intact Insurance, a set of national events for skaters to complete locally with the active support of club coaches and teammates.  

Generously sponsored by Speed Skating Canada’s longstanding partner, Intact Insurance, the 2021 Canadian Youth Challenge is open to skaters of all abilities from ages 10 to 15 and features a variety of individual and team challenges in both long track and short track.  

  • Long Track Youth Challenge (January 18 - February 21) 
    • LT Individual Events: 100m, 300m, 500m 
    • LT Team Events: Team Sprint (3 laps), Team Pursuit (3 laps and 5 laps) 
  • Short Track Youth Challenge (February 22 - March 28) 
    • ST Individual Events: 1 lap flyer, 2 lap pursuit, 400m, 500m 
    • ST Team Events: 2-person relay (10'), Team Sprint (4 laps)

Skaters from across Canada can once again compete against one another, this time for prizes and bragging rights! The more a skater participates, the better their chances are of winning a prize. There are also some impressive prizes for club participation, so encourage all of your skaters to send in their times.

  • Individual Prizing: Random prize draws for participation (1 entry per skater) and for each individual age/gender category. An additional entry is earned with each individual or team event completed.
  • Club Prizing: Prizes for clubs with highest percentage of entries based on their current membership numbers.

Since 2010, Intact Insurance has contributed a total of $380,000 to support grassroots speed skating initiatives across Canada through the former Podium Tracker program and current Club Excellence Award, which provides funding to clubs undertaking projects that help grow the sport in their communities.

You’ll find additional information on the 2021 Canadian Youth Challenge, including detailed rules for each of the disciplines and a promotional poster, on our website.

We recognize that the implementation of the 2021 Canadian Youth Challenge may look different in communities across the country due to local and provincial restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage our athletes and clubs to participate as much as possible while remaining safe and respecting the guidance of health authorities. 

If you have any questions regarding the Youth Challenge, please reach out to Jessica Price