The registration information for the Canada West ST Championship has been released! The Mission Racers will be hosting the national competition in Abbotsford, BC on March 17-18th, 2018. Any BC skaters wishing to participate as a member of Team BCSSA must complete the online Intent to Participate form. Skaters who do not complete the form, on time, are ineligible for registration. Skaters who do complete the form are committing to attending the event, should they be selected for Team BCSSA (based on results at the BC ST Championship).

The Intent to Participate form is due Sunday February 25th at 5pm. Coaches and club contacts- please share this information widely.

Thank you, Pat Underhill, for a lifetime of unmatched dedication and contribution to speed skating in BC and Canada.

“With sadness, I write to inform you of the passing of my dear friend Pat Underhill on Feb.5, 2018.
As the founder of speed skating in British Columbia, and an international competitor herself, Pat Underhill served as a great role model in our sport. She trained skaters not only to skate fast, but how to win gracefully and lose with pride in having tried their best. Pat was a great builder, having started several speed skating clubs and trained many coaches. Pat was the first female president of the Canadian Amateur Speed Skating Association (CASSA) which became Speed Skating Canada.

Just the mention of speed skating brought a huge smile to Pat’s face. She truly loved the sport, and especially the young skaters. Her enthusiasm and positive spirit will be sadly missed, but her legacy lives on in the spirit of speed skating.”
– Sandi Vyse, Head Coach of the Kalmoops Long Blades

Above: Pat Underhill in her start position.

Above: Pat Underhill with the recently created Pat Underhill Spirit of Competition Award

Above: Pat Underhill with former Olympian, Jessica Hewitt, and current Olympian, Jamie Macdonald, at the 60th Anniversary BCSSA AGM (May 2017).

Registration is now open for Canadian Senior Selections #2 (March 23-25) and Canadian Junior Selections #2 (March 22-25), both being hosted in Calgary. Please note the following registration process:

  • Skaters on the pre-qualified list can register for Seniors #2. Registration and payment is online and must be completed by February 5th.
  • Skaters on the pre-qualified list can register for Juniors #2. Registration and payment is online and must be completed by February 5th.
  • Skaters who wish to qualify by time (i.e those who have not made the pre-qualified list) for Juniors #2 must email by February 4th. Do not register online until directed to do so by BCSSA.

The Athlete Development Committee will reimburse entry fees for all qualified Team BCSSA skaters.

The TEAM BC Long Track coaching team (Adam Ingle, Ariana VanDerStarre and Jennifer Gibson) are pleased to share the first “TEAM BC LT Update” with you. The document includes a list of skaters who have pre-qualified to the TEAM BC LT Selection Trials. Any questions should be directed to the coaches- contact information is on the document.

Speed Skating Canada has declared that National Speed Skating Week will take place from February 17-24, 2018! SSC has $5000 worth of grants to award to clubs who participate. See the announcement for detailed information and the application form. Act fast- the applications are due February 2nd!

The British Columbia Speed Skating Association gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.