Speed Skating is back at Protec Ponds! Clinics will be instructed by Garden State Speedskating’s Head Coach Tianyu Fu and assisted by a US Speedskating Level 1 Coach. Tianyu is a two-time Olympian and World Champion who competed with the Chinese National Team from 1999 to 2009, winning over 40 gold medals in world competitions, including five gold medals in World Championships. In the 2002/2003 season, she achieved a women’s #1 overall world ranking. Assisting Coach Tianyu will be USS Level 1 and a highly skilled GSS coaching staff.
The six technical clinics are focused on short track speedskating skills and designed for skaters of all levels who want to pursue speedskating. This sport is dubbed “NASCAR on ice” for its sheer power and excitement, and has garnered more Olympic medals for Team USA than any other winter sport!
GSS currently boasts the national age class championship title in Junior E (9-10 years-old); a junior world & junior Olympics qualification contender; and multiple nationally top 12 ranked junior skaters in various categories between 9 and 14 years of age. In the 2015/2016 season, GSS won the Middle Atlantic team high performance trophy and ranked 5th nationally in the annual Age Class National Short Track Championships. Starting the 2016/2017 opening season race at Buffalo in October ’16, team GSS came in second amongst 23 participating clubs from USA and Canada.
Each clinic includes 30 minutes of off-ice training and 1 hour of on-ice training. All areas of skating from skills to stamina will be in focus, further developing each skater’s ability for speedskating. The minimum requirement is for the participants to be at a Basic 3 skating level, and be able to skate a full lap unassisted. Speed skating training is by the team (often mixed levels) with emphasis for individual and different groups. Coaches will divide skaters into different groups based on their age and ability when conducting the training. The ultimate measure for speed skater is their speed/time.
New Dates and Times coming soon!
Attendees should bring the following:
A. WATER BOTTLE
B. REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
– Helmet (hockey or bike)
– Gloves (warm gloves or hockey if you prefer)
– Knee pads (volleyball type)
– Be sure to wear long sleeves and loose-fitting pants (no jeans)
Additionally, if you want:
– Shin guards (soccer type is fine)
– Elbow guards (like the ones used for in-line skating)
– Neck guard (hockey type is fine)
Dryland/ Off-ice training:
Sneakers and loose fitting pants/shorts.
C. Send FOOT MEASUREMENT in “mm” to GSSC prior to the clinic
D. Bring own skates (just in case due to limited speedskates available)
For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.