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Congratulations to Jamie Macdonald on being named as a member of the Canadian National Team for the ISU World Cup Short Track stages #1 (Calgary) and #2 (Salt Lake City).   Jamie is a long time member of the Fort St James Falcons currently training at the Calgary Olympic Oval.  

The 2016 BCSSA AGM was held the week-end of May 27-29 at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre in Richmond. Select this link to view your new Board and Standing Committees.

19 member clubs were in attendance. Special guests for the week-end were Yves Hamelin (Calgary Oval)  and Alison Desmarais (elite pathway short track skater). Yves along with David Morrison  (Richmond Oval) held an interactive session with coaches and delegates Friday evening. A fireside chat with both Yves and Alison on Saturday afternoon was a enjoyed by all.  Lois McNary (SOBC) along with Jacques Thibault spoke to the group about their work successfully introducing SO Athletes around the province to the sport of speed skating.  Their presentation  which included a video, was very inspiring.

The BCSSA AGM this past week-end in Richmond got off to a great start with the presentation of the annual awards. Athletes, coaches, officials, staff and volunteers were recognized for all their contributions and successes this past season. Awards not collected by attending delegates, will be mailed out from the BCSSA Office within the week.

Congratulations to all this years winners!   And thank-you to our hard working Awards Committee, Louise and Mae.

For a complete list of recipients please click here:  2016 Award Recipients


The Calgary Olympic Oval is partnering with the Western Branches to offer a mentorship opportunity for branch coaches. Branch coaches are invited to apply to form part of the coaching team at the Summer Speed Camp in Calgary, July 18-23 2016.

BC applicant coaches must complete the following form (also accessible via link) by new date May 24th . Applications will be reviewed by the BCSSA Coaching Development Committee.

Jim Allison has stepped down as President and Board Member of Speed Skating Canada for personal reasons.  As many of you are aware, Jim has devoted many years as a parent and willing volunteer towards the betterment of the British Columbia Speed Skating Association, Speed Skating Canada, our athletes and our many volunteers.

Jim’s focus has always been for the betterment and stability of the sport both regionally and nationally.  His passion and belief of Inclusion, not Exclusion for all participants no matter their ability, physical and or geographical challenges  will long be remembered.

On behalf of the BCSSA membership, we thank Jim for his dedication and support.

Susan Auch has been named to serve as Interim President until the 2016 SSC Annual General Meeting.