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The 2019-2020 Competitions Format Bulletin has been released! This bulletin outlines the eligibility, seeding, and format for provincial-level competitions, including the BC Cups, BC Championships and FUNales.

Please also see this short video message from BCSSA Technical Director Chris Acton, which explains the qualification format for the BCST Championship. Any questions should be directed to Chris (

BC Speed Skating is pleased to announce that we have secured funding to contract a ST Provincial Coach and a LT Provincial Coach for the 2019-2020 season. 

Working with the BC Speed Skating Technical Director, the Provincial Coaches will be responsible for Academy programming, leading Team BCSSA at select national competitions, skater monitoring, and sport development. Please see the attached Job Descriptions (ST Provincial Coach and LT Provincial Coach) for more details.

The first Academy camp of the main season begins September 6th. In order to have the Provincial Coaches in place in a timely fashion, applications are due to the BC Speed Skating Technical Director by August 7th, 2019. Please submit a cover letter and resume to by 11:59pm Pacific on Wednesday August 7th. 

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:

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

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: The SSER is open to all coaches (coaches must also register via the link above).

The BC Winter Games (BCWG) 2020 will be held February 20-23, 2020 in Fort St John. The Tech Package for the Games has been released and is available on the BC Speed Skating website.

What’s New?

  • In accordance with BC Games Society rules, there will be ONE age category (per gender) at the BCWG 2020: U14. Skaters who are 12 or 13 years old as of July 1, 2019, are eligible to compete. Each Zone will be eligible to send 3 skaters per gender, with wildcard positions also available.
  • BCSSA has successfully proposed a pilot project to the BC Games Society, which allows up to 16 “Young Officials” (14-17 years years old as of July 1, 2019) to attend the Games to become trained as officials, volunteer as track stewards at the Games, and act as mentors to the younger athletes. This is the first project of this type ever at a BC Games!
  • BCSSA has successfully requested that long track events will be included in the BCWG 2020, to take advantage of the beautiful indoor long track facility in Fort St John. Skaters will have multiple opportunities to practice on the long track oval, and to race in an exhibition race, prior to racing two official distances: 500m Olympic Style and 7-lap ISU Mass Start. Long track racing will occur after the completion of short track racing for the weekend. All skaters will compete in the short track and long track events.
  • BCSSA, the BC Games Society and Special Olympics BC have collaborated to have Special O skaters race at the Games. Special O skaters will exclusively race short track events, in a separate division. Special O Zone Teams will have their own Coaches and Managers.

Please see the BC Speed Skating website for more details. Questions can be directed to the BCWG 2020 Provincial Advisor:


We are in the final ‘strides’ of the 2018-19 season. To make it to the finish line we need to wrap things up and plan for next year. We would like to thank every official for her and his involvement. Also, a thank you to all the meet coordinators and referees who have already submitted the required competition reports. These provide valuable feedback on issues that may need addressing by ODC. If you have not yet done so, take a minute or two now and submit.

ODC has the following requests to be completed by March 31, 2019:  


At season’s end we will be compiling a list of names of officials for:

  1. Level 1 Accreditation,
  2. Upgrading Level 1 Officials to Level 2; and
  3. Recommending Level 2 Officials to SSC ODC for upgrading to Level 3

To do this we need your help. If you or any of your club members is interested in being accredited or upgraded, it is important to submit the requests with documentation to BCSSA ODC. Most this can be completed online. We would like to stress that the responsibility lies with the individual who wishes to be upgraded. Please note that for Level 2 and 3 upgrades we need assessments from higher level officials. Information about the steps can be found on the officials upgrading web pageThe criteria for accreditation and upgrading for each position can be found here.


Looking ahead we are also asking clubs/regions to identify the need for clinics for next year. Please provide us with a list of needs by March 31, 2019 via email (


We also ask every club to review their current list of Accredited Officials and provide us with information to update the current list. Any updates should be provided via email.


On behalf of ODC, thank you for your cooperation.

E.W. (Wim) Kok

Chairing BCSSA ODC

Congratulations to the skaters who have qualified for Team BCSSA @ CWST, based on their performance at BC ST Championship this past weekend in Prince George! Skaters will compete at the Canada West ST Championship in Grand Prairie, Alberta, on March 23-24, 2019.

Qualified skaters will receive an email with further details regarding registration and Team BCSSA logistics.