Academy LT registration is now LIVE! This year’s Academy LT will feature two 3-day camps, both held at BC’s only indoor long track facility in Fort St. John. The camp will feature guest coaches from the Calgary Olympic Oval Program, as well as SSC National Team Coaches! Academy is targeted to Stage 1 (T2T) skaters.
The Athlete Development Committee is pleased to release Bulletin #3.0, which explains how skaters qualify to the 2019-2020 Provincial Performance Program (PPP). Skaters must meet requirements throughout the 2018-2019 season to be named to the PPP at the beginning of the subsequent season. Any questions should be directed to the ADC (email@example.com).
Richard Krieck has joined BC Speed Skating as our Sport Administrator. Richard developed his passion for sport and speed skating with the Mission Racers Speed Skating Club. The pursuit of high performance speed skating took him to the Calgary Olympic Oval, where he represented BC amongst the frigid long track ovals of Canada. During his eight years of training he also completed his studies at the University of Calgary.
Among his many travels, his time volunteering in Uganda, specifically through an opportunity with Right to Play, further ignited his passion of sport, recreation and community relations. His business experience in creating a t-shirt company, and additionally through the industrial world of sales and operations, furthered his business knowledge and interest for marketing. The calls of the West Coast brought he and his wife back to Vancouver, where he continues to foster sport development and community engagement within Community Sport at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
Congratulations to the skaters who have qualified to the Provincial Performance Program (PPP) for the 2018-2019 season! See the attached memo for details. Skaters must complete the online Athlete Agreement Form (link in memo) by June 30th to accept their position in the program.
The Board of the British Columbia Speed Skating Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Misty Thomas to the position of Executive Director effective June 1st, 2018.
Misty is an Olympian, a Paralympian, a past coach in the national team program and has been inducted into several Halls of Fame in the sport of basketball.Â As an administrator, Misty has held several roles in Â high performance and community sport working directly with performance athletes, coaches as well as local, provincial and national sport associations across a wide range of sports.
She has shown the energy and passion that Â we believe is vital to the sustainability and growth of our organization as we move forward into our next quadrennial and beyond.Â Her experience as an athlete, coach and sport executive provide Misty with the technical knowledge of the national and provincial sport delivery system that is necessary for this position.Â In this time of change we believe that Misty has the ability to think outside the box and provides a new and fresh look from outside our sport that should serve us well.
The BCSSA is proud to now have Misty on our team.Â Please join me in welcoming Olympian Misty Thomas to the BCSSA. Misty is available via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Canada Winter Games ST Coaches have released the R2RD May 2018 Newsletter. This edition covers important information about preparing for the TEAM BC ST Selection Trials, on November 3-4 in Kamloops.
BC Speed Skating is pleased to launch Academy Year 4 with the Academy Summer Series! While the Academy remains targeted to Stage 1 skaters (competitive T2T-aged skaters), the delivery format will be significantly different this season, with four Academy Series being offered:
- Academy Summer
- Academy ST
- Academy LT
- Academy Coach.
Please see the Academy webpage for more information. Academy Summer will feature 8 “virtual” dryland training session, led by Olympian Eric Bedard, and 2 supplemental webinars. Skaters can participate in the training sessions at home, live or recorded (if unable to attend a live session). Skaters will be provided with a dryland training program to complete between live sessions. Registration and more information is available on the Academy webpage.
All AGM Banquet Tickets must be ordered by the end of the day on Sunday May 27th. Final numbers must be submitted to the caterer on Monday. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to socialize and celebrate with delegates from around the province!
Registration and Banquet Ticket purchase is available here:Â https://www.bcspeedskating.ca/AGM/. Please note that you must register even if you have been advised that your ticket is complementary.
The Kelowna Speed Skating Club is hosting a FUNdamentals Coach Course this summer! The course will be delivered as follows:
- Modules 1 and 2: via webinar on August 8th
- Modules 3-8: in-person course on August 18-19th (in Kelowna).
Participants are encouraged to register for both sessions; however, the sessions can be taken separately. All eight modules must be completed to obtain “Trained” status.
Registration and details are available on the BCSSA Events & Results calendar.
BC Speed Skating is proud to announce that we have received confirmation of our status as a Core Sport in the 2020 BC Winter Games! The 2020 Games will be held in Fort St. John, BC. The Games will feature U14 (12- and 13-year old skaters) from across the province, and will include both short track and long track events. All skaters will participate in both disciplines, with planned practice times and practice races for those who do not have previous long track experience.
For the first time in BC Games history, speed skating will be bringing a contingent of 10 youth (ages 14-16) who will act as mentors to the younger skaters. These youth will also take part in the Level 1 Officials clinic and will fulfill the role of track steward during the Games.
More information on competition format, qualification process and the youth mentor program will be available over the coming months. The Technical Package for the Games will be released in the fall of 2018.