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January 20th, 2012
Ontario Speed Skating Association
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Canada Cup #3
As mentioned last week, registration for this event is branch only and due at OSSA  by JANUARY 25th. Entries received after this date will be subject to a late entry charge.

Ontario Coaches Conference Contest
Its easy, all you have to do is mention the 2012 Ontario Coaches Conference, on twitter, facebook, put it in your newsletter or link it to your email signature or homepage. Every mention gets you an additional ballot. Prizes include free conference registration, free accommodations and Tim Horton's Gift Cards.

Photo Call!
If you have taken photos from any speed skating event, we want to see them. Send them to us at

Accepting nominations

We are now accepting applications for Board and Committee positions.  Please visit our 2012 AGM page for links to nomination forms.

OWG Coaches and Managers Wanted!

Anyone wishing to be a coach or manager at the Ontario Winter Games this year is being asked to send us an email to indicate your interest and whether or not you would like to be mentored by a more experienced coach or if you would like to mentor other coaches.

The games are coming up fast and we need to finalize our team quickly. If you are interested please send us a note by Wednesday the 15th.

Sarah Leslie hired as Manager, Sport Programs!

We had many excellent candidates for our most recent posting for the Manager, Sport Programs position.  It was difficult to choose between the wealth of experience and knowledge, but Sarah's combination of coaching and administrative involvement made her the top choice.  We'll be welcoming Sarah to our office on February 13th.

Request for Nominations Committee

At the 2012 Annual General Meeting, the positions of Vice President Administration and Finance, Vice President Coaches and Officials, and Vice President Development are all to be elected.

We need to select a nominations committee of three individuals who expect to attend the AGM.  If you are interested in being a part of this committee, which will dissolve following the AGM please fill out a volunteer form by Friday January 27th.

More information about the committee is available on the form.

Portland Outdoors - Skate the Lake
Once again, Portland is holding the annual Skate the Lake event held on the ice of Big Rideau Lake on January 28th, 2012. A 1 km speed skating oval is being constructed as usual for this sporting event. There is currently over 10 inches of blue ice and it continues to build. Please visit to find out about the races, registration  and to follow us as preparations proceed for the big day. Register soon for the 25 km, 50 km, and various other races on the 1 km out door oval rink at Portland.

Information Manual and By-Law announcement

If anyone wishes to see a change in the Ontario Speed Skating Association Information Manual or the By-Laws, please print off the following form and submit it to the OSSA offices.
Tel: (705) 652-9490
         Fax: (705) 625-1227

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