Markham Speed Skating Club provides experienced coaching for beginners to racers, whether children, youth, or adults. You can progress at your own rate to suit your interests as they evolve. Most members have had previous hockey or figure skating experience when they join, but it is not necessary. Regardless of your experience, you will find it takes time to adapt to speed skates, to cope with high speeds, and to learn racing strategies. Girls and boys of different ages train together and often race together to ensure equal opportunity. Improvements in personal best times in races are as important as winning or finishing position. Our coaches are qualified and experienced. Ron Blackwell is the Head Coach. On occasion, Valerie Ing coaches. She is a former member of the Canadian Women's Short Track Speed Skating team and a member of the 1998 Canadian Olympic Team in Nagano, Japan. The Club operates from mid-September to late March each year, coinciding with the competitive racing season. We train on Tuesday and Friday evenings at the Mount Joy Community Centre Arena in Markham on 16th. Ave. (north of Hiway 7; south of Major Mackenzie: east of Highway 48).