SSC is pleased to recognize the Government of New Brunswick’s support LTPAD implementation

OTTAWA – Speed Skate New Brunswick (SSNB) received this month support for its long-term participation athlete development (LTPAD) initiatives from the Government of New Brunswick in the form of $10,500 in funding.

Through the provincial government’s Wellness, Culture and Sport ministry, grants are available to provincial sports organizations assisting in the implementation of long-term athlete development (LTAD).

On behalf of its clubs and membership, SSNB went through the 2011-12 guidelines and applications process and received the following funding:
- $5,000 to support development and communications of an LTAD alignment plan.
- $2,500 to support SSNB’s LTAD alignment initiatives related to officials development, the long track program and participation at the Canada East Championships.
- $1,000 to the Fredericton Amateur Speed Skating Club Inc. (FASSCI) for their fundamentals meet and the implementation of the ‘cutting edge’ program.
- $1,000 to the Hampton Speed Skating Club (HSSC) for the introduction of an off-ice agility, balance, coordination and speed program for their ‘learn to train’ and ‘train to train’ skaters.
- $1,000 to the Saint John Amateur Speed Skating Club (SJASSC) for the hosting of a fundamentals competition.

“SSNB appreciates the Government of New Brunswick’s support to help align itself with Speed Skate Canada’s LTPAD model,” said Ray Harris, SSNB chair. “The funding will help us build on the changes already made in terms of our re-shaping of the competition format, skater development programs and revised SSNB skater development management plans.

“The funding received will first and foremost allow our members and key committees to provide input to the alignment plan, and building on our successes to date,” added Harris. “It will also support the communication of the plan to parents and volunteers at the club level, where the majority of the development process takes place.”

“The ongoing LTPAD alignment is taking place even as we continue to develop our plans, and some of the support in this area will help us to re-train officials, support an increased development of the long track program and increase exposure to the ‘train to train’ Canada-East competition,” notes Peter Steele, SSNB technical director and provincial coach. “In the short term, we hope to improve the quality of our programs, and in the medium term we hope this will lead to increased participation and improved on-ice performances.”

“Our club, of 200 skaters and more than 30 officials, is grateful for the work SSC has done on LTPAD and is very thankful for the government’s support of our sport” said Trevor Corey, chair of the FASSCI. “We will use the funding to hold a FUNdamentals meet for early skaters and to help fully roll-out the ‘cutting edge program’. The program allows developing skaters to track progress against specific skills, while the meets provide beginners with opportunities to learn what it is like to compete in a fun energetic way.”

Nicola Scott, HSSC president, also acknowledged the importance of the government’s contributions towards implementing LTPAD initiatives. “Ours is a relatively small club of approximately 50 skaters ranging from learn-to-skate to competitive speed skaters,” said Scott. “For a small club, the $1,000 funding is valuable. We will be able to implement an off-ice training program that will complement our on-ice training program.”

Similar to the FASSC, the funding will be used by SJASSC to promote the LTPAD through a FUNdamentals meet. “The funding allows us to host a meet for 78 skaters from our club and around the province,” said association president Shawna White. “The focus of the meet is definitely on fun, with coaches and volunteers on ice encouraging and helping the skaters. Everyone is a winner, with ribbons for every placement, and a ribbon board for a keepsake.”

Speed Skating Canada’s Long Term Participant and Athlete Development (LTPAD) model is a framework for training, competition and recovery for participants in all stages of development. More information on SSC’s LTPAD model and review of its competitive structure, Racing on Skates, visit LTPAD.