East Penn Speedskating Club was founded in the fall of 1997 by Hence Bollinger, a local businesswoman, cyclist and speedskating enthusiast. While reading a local newspaper, Hence discovered a local woman by the name of Leslie Corbett Bader. Leslie was a member of the 1988 Olympic Team in long track speedskating. Bollinger used her business sense to acquire ice time, safety mats and club skates. Combined with the coaching and competition experience of Corbett, a club was born.
East Penn has grown from its primarily recreational roots to a diverse program ranging from learn to skate to national level competitors. We have had a broad spectrum of individuals and families join the club. Most of our skaters come from the speedskating, cycling and in-line communities. However, many people had no prior experience in speedskating or related sports, but are now part of our speedskating family.