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🏃Get moving! 🎓Get learning! Kick of the summer training season with cycling, dryland, and coaching modules at BC Speed Skating Academy – Train. Training is set in sunny Kelowna from July 13-14 (to be confirmed), and includes a Cycling Prep webinar (cycling etiquette and packing for cycling) prior to the camp. Participants are also encouraged to attend the Cycling Basics workshop (flat tire changes and basic bike maintenance) on the evening of July 12.

Look for more details this week!

The Provincial Relay Challenge (PRC) is coming to an end, the deadline for submission is March 18, 2019.  The PRC is comprised of a 10-minute, 2-person relay challenge.  The PRC can be skated at any practice or competition (exhibition event) throughout the 2018-2019 season.  Skaters may skate with any teammate, from any club (within skater category).

The PRC has nine categories:

  • L2T all-female
  • T2T all-female
  • Junior all-female (skating age 14-18)
  • L2T all-male
  • T2T all-male
  • Junior all-male (skating age 14-18)
  • L2T mixed gender
  • T2T mixed gender
  • Junior mixed gender (skating age 14-18)

The full list of rules can be found in the 2018-2019 Competitions Bulletin.

Submit results here!

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!

FORT ST. JOHN – Fort St. John’s Pomeroy Sport Centre played host to the 2019 British Columbia Speed Skating Long Track Championships and FUNale from January 19-20, 2019.  Competitors ranging in ages 4 to 80 years old raced on skates in a variety of long track disciplines including Olympic Style time-based and the head-to-head mass start. Fort St. John Recreational Speed Skating Club and its team of volunteers hosted skaters from around the province and took home the Neil Dyer Award for overall team points.  BC Speed Skating Technical Director Chis Acton, claimed “the weekend showcased the dedication of all athletes, coaches, and volunteers, who have focused all season to achieve their well deserved results. The community of Fort St. John and our province have certainly benefited from the indoor long track speed skating facility.” Qualified skaters will now represent British Columbia on Team BCSSA at the Canadian Age Class Long Track Championships in Winnipeg, MB from February 9-10, 2019.


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Photo credit: M. Mong

The FUNale Series is fast approaching, a series dedicated to celebrating regional skaters’ accomplishments and gaining personal best times for provincial competitors.

The FUNale meets are open to all BCSSA skaters.  This includes skaters with no formal competition experience, those who have previously competed looking to tune up, or those looking to attain qualifying times for BC Short Track Championships.  Skaters must be registered as ‘Competitive’ within the BCSSA categories to compete.

Register for the long or short track FUNale nearest to you!

On behalf of the BC Speed Skating Association, I would like to extend to you and your family, our best wishes for a happy holiday season.

As we celebrate this festive time, and perhaps rest in anticipation of the remainder of our competitive season, I would like to thank each of you for your dedication to our sport.

I have now transitioned into my new role and look forward to working closely with all of you to ensure the success of our members, our clubs and our association.

Best Wishes,

Kari Rae
BCSSA President