The BC Speed Skating Academy is entering its fifth season! The Academy continues to be a provincially-administered program to supplement the club training for in-province skaters. Over the past four years, Academy has been targeted to Stage 1 (competitive T2T) skaters. Academy 1 will continue this season, with new breakout groups at Academy camps for Academy 2 (Stage 2, competitive Junior-aged) skaters.
Academy will be delivered in a camp-based format, with the following camps planned:
- May: Academy Speed Skating Excellence Retreat (registration open NOW)
- June: Academy Dryland and Cycle Camp (bid package available NOW)
- September: Academy Fall ST Camp (bid package available NOW)
- October: Academy Fall LT Camp (bid package available NOW)
- TBC November: Academy Sunday @ BC Cup ST #1
- TBC December: Academy Sunday @ BC Cup ST #2
- TBC January: Academy Sunday @ BC Cup LT.
Expressions of interest from Local Organizing Committees for the June, September and October camp are due by May 20th. Please refer to the bid package for more details. Any questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Academy Speed Skating Excellence Retreat (SSER) is returning to the BCSSA AGM this year! The Academy SSER will be hosted Saturday May 25th to Sunday May 26th in Aldergrove (Langley Township), at the same location as the BCSSA AGM.
Registration is now open HERE, with a registration deadline of May 20th.
Activities will run all day Saturday and Sunday until early afternoon. Skaters will use the Academy SSER as an off-ice kick-off to their season training, including baseline testing, instruction on the foundations of dryland and strength training, and season planning. The camp will be led by Jackson Cheung, S&C Coach at the Richmond Olympic Oval, supported by speed skating coaches, BCSSA Technical Director Chris Acton, and Andrei Mandzuk (Mental Performance Consultant).
Eligible skaters include Stage 1 (competitive T2T-aged) and Stage 2 (competitive Junior-aged) skaters. The two groups (Academy 1 and Academy 2) will be broken out at various points in the weekend. Any questions about skater eligibility should be directed to Chris Acton: email@example.com. The SSER is open to all coaches (coaches must also register via the link above).