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We are disappointed to announce that the 2020 BC Short Track Championships scheduled for March 14-15, 2020, have been cancelled.  Today’s updates from the Provincial Government leaves us believing that this is the best decision we could make for the athletes and for all of us who support them.

We wanted to get this information out immediately but there will be more information coming with regards to entry fee refunds.
All remaining Speed Skating Canada events, including Canadian Youth Short Track – West Championships, have now also been cancelled.
Hello,
We have received some inquiries about the possibility of the upcoming BC Short Track Speed Skating Championships (BCST) being cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus.  Chris Acton has been staying on top of the most current information being provided by the Sport Medicine Advisory Committee.  They have been providing updates every few days and their latest update came in earlier today.  Below is a link to that advisory:
Please note that the Committee continues to monitor the situation but at this time, domestic events in Canada are still considered to be low risk and they have not recommended cancelling any.  The cancellations you may be aware of have been international meets and other competitions and championships.
Taking the advice of the Sport Medicine Advisory Committee, we continue to move forward in our plans to host BCST this weekend in Abbotsford.  We will notify all clubs of any change, but plan to see all of you in Abbotsford this weekend!

Important reminder- skaters wishing to compete for Team BCSSA @ CYST must complete their online Intent to Compete form by 5pm Pacific on Sunday March 8th. Please note that this deadline is prior to the BCST Championship.

Other Team BCSSA @ CYST timelines:

  • The number of Team BCSSA @ CYST positions available should be announced by Speed Skating Canada by Wednesday March 11th, and will be communicated out as soon as possible
  • All skaters with a Team BCSSA pool suit must return it to Chris Acton by the end of the day Saturday March 14th at BCST Championship
  • Skaters who have submitted their Intent to Compete must attend a mandatory (brief) Team BCSSA meeting on Saturday March 14th, immediately following the conclusion of racing
  • Skaters who have submitted their Intent to Compete should meet with Chris Acton on Sunday March 15th to be sized for a Team BCSSA pool suit
  • Team BCSSA @ CYST will be formally announced during the awards ceremony Sunday March 15th at the BCST Championship

The qualification period for the BCST Championship has now concluded. L2T and T2T skaters qualified based on cumulative Cup Points from the BC Cup ST competitions or based on qualifying times skated this season. The full list of eligible L2T and T2T skaters is available here. Junior, Senior and C4L Masters skaters qualified based on qualifying time(s) skated this season.

All qualified skaters must now register for the BCST Championship. Clubs submit one entry per club, using the club registration spreadsheet and the individual entry form. The registration deadline is Thursday March 5th at 11pm Pacific. Clubs must also submit the name(s) of their club coach(es) who will be at the BCST Championship on the club registration spreadsheet. Club coaches must meet the Minimum Coaching Qualifications Policy; please note that there is an opportunity for mentorship/ exemptions.

Any questions should be directed to Chris Acton (chris.acton@nullbcspeedskating.ca).

The Short Track Canada Cup Junior Final at the Richmond Olympic Oval (March 20-22, 2020) features the country’s 60 next highest ranked junior aged skaters per gender and is where they can accumulate points towards the end-of-season Canadian junior rankings, which helps identify the athletes that will be nominated to the national team’s NextGen list for the following season.

Click here to volunteer!

Academy Learn: Saturday, March 21 10:00am – 12:30pm

BC Speed Skating invites skaters and parents to Academy Learn – hosted by Speed Skating Canada (SSC) NextGen coach Jeff Scholten.  The session will include the skater pathway information to attain SSC NextGen programming; video analysis from Friday’s 1500m races with pack-based strategy and tactics, and live-race analysis from the stands.

*Academy Learn is free of charge with event admission

 

Team BCSSA will be back in action on March 28-29, 2020 at the Canadian Youth Short Track Championships – West. BCSSA Provincial ST Coach Nicole Garrido will lead the team to Selkirk, Manitoba, and will be assisted by Sylvie Lloyd. All skaters who intend to participate, if qualified, must submit their online Intent to Participate form by 5pm on Sunday March 8th. No late entries can be accepted! Qualification to Team BCSSA @ CYST is based on results from the BC Short Track Championship.

The inaugural ST Canada Cup Junior Final is being hosted March 20-22 at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Congratulations to Lukas MacDonald, Craig Miller and Emily Coons, who have pre-qualified to Team BCSSA for the competition. Junior-aged skaters who wish to apply to the competition by time must email Chris Acton by February 23rd; include the skater’s best 500m and 1500m time skated in a sanctioned competition between September 1st, 2019 and February 24th, 2020. Please note that skaters cannot compete in both the ST Canada Cup Junior Final and the Canadian Youth Short Track Championship- West.

L2T and T2T skaters who qualified to the 2020 BC Short Track Championship by Cup Points have now confirmed their positions. See the full list of qualified skaters here. Each L2T and T2T age category has two (2) BC ST Championship positions available by time. Times must be skated in a sanctioned competition during the 2019-2020 season, prior to February 28th. Skaters who wish to be considered for a position by time MUST complete the online application form by February 29th. Any questions should be directed to chris.acton@nullbcspeedskating.ca.