VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Speed Skating Association is proud to recognize Sandi Vyse as the Presidents’ Awards winner for Speed Skating.  Vyse’s interest in speed skating began at the age of 8 and later transformed into a passion for coaching when she became a certified coach NCCP at 16 years old.  Vyse later became the co-founder and head coach to the Kamloops Long Blades Speed Skating Club. Coach Vyse’s passion for the development of athletes and coaching encompasses all aspects, from grassroots through to the Olympic podium.  Vyse explains, her “contributions to our sport that have made me the proudest are my “grown up kids” who remain in the sport as coaches, officials, and/or parents who grew up loving speed skating as I do and are still part of the family.”

BC Speed Skating President Kari Rae recognizes Vyse’s contribution, highlighting, “Coach Vyse’s energy, enthusiasm, and passion for speed skating is evident in the engagement with her skaters.”

Most notably, Vyse says, “I’m proud to have been a part of Jessica Hewitt’s development along the way to becoming an Olympic silver medalist. That is the star on the top of the Christmas tree, but of the other decorations make the tree complete, and I have as much joy seeing them shine.  The kids give me energy and make me smile. After all these years I still love speed skating. I loved it as a skater, I love it as a coach, I love it as a parent. I’m one of the luckiest people in the world because I found my passion at an early age and have been able to share it with so many wonderful people.”

The Presidents’ Awards will be presented March 13, 2019 in Vancouver. For further information refer to Sport BC Press Release.

RED DEER, AB – Team BC speed skating athletes have taken Red Deer by storm at the 27th Canada Games.  Canadian youth have assembled from across the country to participate in the multi-sport event consisting of over 150 events in 19 sports.  Speed Skating results can be found through the Canada Winter Games website, while the Team BC website recaps British Columbia’s successes and triumphs.  For the latest highlights, don’t forget to follow BC Speed Skating social media on Instagram and Facebook!

The BC Speed Skating Association will field of team of T2T-aged skaters for the Canada West ST (CWST) Championship 2019. The competition will be hosted in Grand Prairie, Alberta, on March 23-24, 2019. Team BCSSA @ CWST will be led by veteran coach Julian Green (Ridge Meadows Racers), with Ariana VanDerStarre (Burnaby Speed Skating Club) assisting him.

Nomination to Team BCSSA @ CWST requires that interested skaters submit an “Intent to Participate” form by 3pm on Sunday March 3rd. Skaters must compete at the BC ST Championship (March 2-3, 2019 in Prince George) to earn a position on Team BCSSA @ CWST. 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 @ CWST 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 ST Championship to clarify the registration process and for sizing for Team BCSSA pool suits.


Team BCSSA sent a team of 19 skaters, led by coaches Sandi Vyse (Kamloops Long Blades) and Keven Fitzpatrick (Vancouver Velocity), to the Canadian Age Class Long Track (CACLT) Championships in Winnipeg this past weekend. The skaters, coaches, parents and officials braved the cold to race skaters from across the country.

Team BCSSA produced excellent results across the board, including skating to overall championships in the M13 category (Samuel Green, Ridge Meadows Racers) and the female senior team pursuit. Full results are available on the Speed Skating Canada website.

Special thanks to Michael Mong, who can always be found rinkside snapping great pictures! Michael’s album from Winnipeg is available on SmugMug.

Team BCSSA will be in action next at the Canada West Short Track Championships in Grand Prairie at the end of the March.