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With growing global concerns around COVID-19 (“coronavirus”), the health and safety of our club members is of the utmost importance to us. Our members, coaches, parents, and staff are family and everyone’s safety are our top priority. With regard to the current pandemic, we are closely following the direction of the City of Ottawa Public Health, provincial health officials and the Public Health Agency of Canada, as well as the guidance of Ontario Speed Skating Association and Speed Skating Canada, and will continue to follow their expert advice in order to provide a safe speed skating environment.

At this time, speed skating practices for the next two weeks will go ahead, and if the situation changes, they will be communicated to our members. If you feel you have any symptoms, please refrain from attending practice and let our club know.  If you decide not to attend practice to reduce your risk, we understand that personal decision.

The recent arrival of the virus in Canada, Speed Skating Canada has cancelled the last 5 domestic events in Canada, including Canada East Championships and Canada Cup 4. OSSA has also made the decision to cancel the Provincial Championships in Sudbury. Your race entry fees will be returned or refunded.

Currently, we encourage everyone to go about their business, embrace basic habits that prevent the transmission of germs – wash those hands, don’t share food or drink! - and stay home if you are feeling ill.

We will continue to monitor the situation and seek advice and recommendations in the coming days and weeks to ensure we are providing the safest environment possible. If recommendations change, we will respond quickly and communicate via our website, social media and email.

If you plan on travelling during March Break, please be certain to take any and all precautions advised while you’re away and upon your return home.

For more information about the corona virus and what you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit the webpage from Public Health of Canada.

Rowan’s Law came into effect Monday, July 1st, 2019. This is what it means for the Ontario Speed Skating clubs and members:

 Any new participant under the age of 26 who registers with a speed skating club after July 1st 2019 needs to do the following two things:

1. Confirm they have read a Ministry Approved Concussion Awareness Resource and

2. Confirm they have reviewed, and committed to, the Ontario Speed Skating Concussion Code of Conduct

Participants who have registered prior to July 1st can continue to participate in activities.

However all participants will need to confirm they have read a Ministry Approved Concussion Awareness Resource and confirm they have reviewed and committed to the Ontario Speed Skating Concussion Code of Conduct the next time they register to be a member of a speed skating club and the Ontario Speed Skating Association. Both of these requirements will need to be confirmed on a yearly basis. 

 Coaches/Instructors need to:

1. Confirm they have read a Ministry Approved Concussion Awareness Resource and

2. Confirm they have reviewed, and committed to, the Ontario Speed Skating Coach Concussion Code of Conduct.

Coaches have until August 30th to complete these confirmations. Both of these requirements will need to be confirmed on a yearly basis.

Below are the Ministry Approved Concussion Resources that must be reviewed:

Concussion Awareness Resources Ages 10 and under

Concussion Awareness Resources Ages 11 to 14  

Concussion Awareness Resources Ages 15 and up

Below are the Ontario Speed Skating Association Concussion Codes of Conduct. They are based on the templates provided by the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport to meet the requirements of the legislation. 

All clubs and members are to review and abide by these Codes of Conduct:

Ontario Speed Skating Concussion Code of Conduct – Athletes

Ontario Speed Skating Concussion Code of Conduct – Coaches