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Team BCSSA will be back in action on March 28-29, 2020 at the Canadian Youth Short Track Championships – West. BCSSA Provincial ST Coach Nicole Garrido will lead the team to Selkirk, Manitoba, and will be assisted by Sylvie Lloyd. All skaters who intend to participate, if qualified, must submit their online Intent to Participate form by 5pm on Sunday March 8th. No late entries can be accepted! Qualification to Team BCSSA @ CYST is based on results from the BC Short Track Championship.

The inaugural ST Canada Cup Junior Final is being hosted March 20-22 at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Congratulations to Lukas MacDonald, Craig Miller and Emily Coons, who have pre-qualified to Team BCSSA for the competition. Junior-aged skaters who wish to apply to the competition by time must email Chris Acton by February 23rd; include the skater’s best 500m and 1500m time skated in a sanctioned competition between September 1st, 2019 and February 24th, 2020. Please note that skaters cannot compete in both the ST Canada Cup Junior Final and the Canadian Youth Short Track Championship- West.

L2T and T2T skaters who qualified to the 2020 BC Short Track Championship by Cup Points have now confirmed their positions. See the full list of qualified skaters here. Each L2T and T2T age category has two (2) BC ST Championship positions available by time. Times must be skated in a sanctioned competition during the 2019-2020 season, prior to February 28th. Skaters who wish to be considered for a position by time MUST complete the online application form by February 29th. Any questions should be directed to

The BCSSA Coaching Development Committee is looking for qualified and passionate individuals to assist the BCSSA Provincial Coaches at youth national competitions during the 2019-2020 season. All positions are volunteer positions. Once skaters and coaches are named, we will be applying for funding to reimburse coaches for their travel, hotel and food expenses.

Applications will be open until Friday January 24th, 2020 via online form.

BC Cup ST #2 will be hosted at the Richmond Olympic Oval this weekend. We have nearly 130 L2T, T2T and Junior/Senior skaters participating in racing on Saturday and Academy Sunday! Please note that due to the large number of participants, the schedule for Saturday has been revised:

  • Warm-ups begin at 7:00
  • Racing projected to begin at 8:25
  • Racing projected to end by 18:00.

The schedule for Academy Sunday has not changed. All skaters and non-skater participants are asked to be at the arena by 7:45 (sessions begin at 8:00 sharp). All L2T skaters will be in “Academy L2T”. F11-F13 and M12-M13 skaters will be in “Academy 1”. All other (older) skaters will be in “Academy 2”.

Any questions should be directed to

Registration is now open for Academy Coach, Academy Official and Academy Parent sessions on Academy Sunday @ BC Cup ST #2 in Richmond. Sessions will be led by the Academy Coaches (ST Provincial Coach Nicole Garrido, Keven Fitzpatrick, Ariana VanDerStarre and LT Provincial Coach Jennifer Gibson), starter Candace Clouthier, referees Thomas McLennan and Kristina Krieck, and Technical Director Chris Acton.

More information is available on the BC Cup webpage.

The Coaching Development Committee is offering the “Introductory” module of the NCCP Intro to Comp course via webinar. The webinar will be held Tuesday December 17th from 7:00-8:30pm. Registration is available via the Locker.

This module will also be one of six offered in-person at the Intro to Comp course in Prince George in February 2020. Coaches only need to take the module once. Registration for the Prince George course is available here.

BC Speed Skating will be hosting the sport-specific modules of the NCCP Intro to Comp Coaching Course on February 29th-March 1st, 2020 in Prince George. Registration is available on the Locker.

Participants should take the multisport modules individually. Multisport modules are hosted by viaSport BC, both online and in-person. Costs are available on the viaSport website.