FORT ST. JOHN – Fort St. John’s Pomeroy Sport Centre played host to the 2019 British Columbia Speed Skating Long Track Championships and FUNale from January 19-20, 2019. Competitors ranging in ages 4 to 80 years old raced on skates in a variety of long track disciplines including Olympic Style time-based and the head-to-head mass start. Fort St. John Recreational Speed Skating Club and its team of volunteers hosted skaters from around the province and took home the Neil Dyer Award for overall team points. BC Speed Skating Technical Director Chis Acton, claimed “the weekend showcased the dedication of all athletes, coaches, and volunteers, who have focused all season to achieve their well deserved results. The community of Fort St. John and our province have certainly benefited from the indoor long track speed skating facility.” Qualified skaters will now represent British Columbia on Team BCSSA at the Canadian Age Class Long Track Championships in Winnipeg, MB from February 9-10, 2019.
Photo credit: M. Mong
Congratulations to the skaters who have qualified for Team BCSSA @ CACLT, based on their performance at BC LT Championship this past weekend in Fort St John! Skaters will compete at the Canadian Age Class LT Championship in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on February 9-10, 2019.
Qualified skaters will receive an email with further details regarding registration and Team BCSSA logistics.
The BC Speed Skating Association will field of team of T2T-aged skaters for the Canadian Age Class Long Track (CACLT) Championship 2019. The competition will be hosted in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on February 9-10, 2019. Team BCSSA @ CACLT will be led by veteran coach Sandi Vyse (Kamloops Long Blades), with Keven Fitzpatrick (Vancouver Velocity) assisting her.
Nomination to Team BCSSA @ CACLT requires that interested skaters submit an “Intent to Participate” form by 5pm on Sunday January 20th. Skaters must compete at the BC LT Championship (January 19-20, 2019 in Fort St John) to earn a position on Team BCSSA @ CACLT. Eligible skaters’ names will be submitted to Speed Skating Canada, who confirm the number of quota positions available to each province, in each age category. Subsequently, BCSSA will announce the Team BCSSA @ CACLT skaters and will provide registration instructions for the competition. Please do not register for the competition until directed to do so!
All interested skaters are encouraged to speak with BCSSA Technical Director Chris Acton during the BC LT Championship to clarify the registration process and for sizing for Team BCSSA pool suits.
The FUNale Series is fast approaching, a series dedicated to celebrating regional skaters’ accomplishments and gaining personal best times for provincial competitors.
The FUNale meets are open to all BCSSA skaters. This includes skaters with no formal competition experience, those who have previously competed looking to tune up, or those looking to attain qualifying times for BC Short Track Championships. Skaters must be registered as ‘Competitive’ within the BCSSA categories to compete.
The Canada Winter Games coaches have released the January R2RD ST Newsletter, which announces the team and provides important updates as we count down to the Games!