On March 13th, 1988 Northern California Speedskating Association (NCSA), formerly known as Golden Gate Speed Skaters was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, they skate at the Oakland Ice Center and in San Jose, CA at Sharks Ice. The NCSA is predominantly a social club with parents and kids working together, making it a great place for families to be active together.
Since the club was founded prior to the days of email, social media and the internet was popularized, the NCSA printed a poster to help advertise their first session on a dot matrix graphics printer and asked all of the rink managers to post it in their box offices! In addition, newsletters were mailed to all of their members to keep them informed on upcoming competitions, events and to send out results from their recent races. The club's early 1990’s skating sessions were located inside a shopping mall called Fashion Island in Foster City, where they always drew crowds of shoppers to watch them skate. To add to the excitement, the rink was next to a food court and after practice the team would go get donuts after their Sunday morning training sessions; what a sweet reward!
To catch up on present times, last year Mary Wong (the NCSA head coach) was training for a half marathon near Zion National Park, where she ended up placing 3rd in her age category! While she was out training, skaters Robert Yang (16) and Edward Kim (18) volunteered their time to plan the sessions and keep the club going!
Unfortunately the club hasn't been able to skate since the rinks were shut down in March, but they’re looking forward to doing what they do enjoy; encouraging skaters of all ages to try speed skating and to enjoy the family atmosphere where parents can be on ice with their kids. Because of COVID-19, there are strict restrictions in place for the Oakland Ice Center but they hope to resume ice training before the end of the year!
Keep up the great work, North Cal!
To learn more about the Northern California Speedskating Association, click here.