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BC Speed Skating is pleased to announce the naming of two provincial coaches for the 2019-2020 speed skating season – Nicole Garrido (short track) and Jennifer Gibson (long track).  The coaches will be working with BC Speed Skating Technical Director Chris Acton to develop Academy programming, lead Team BCSSA at national competitions, mentoring athletes, and developing speed skating in British Columbia.Nicole joins BC Speed Skating as the Richmond Olympic Oval High Performance Head Coach, Richmond Rockets Coach, and Special Olympics BC Provincial Team Training Coach.  Following the completion of her Athlete Coach Services internship at the Canadian Sport Institute, Nicole is currently completing her NCCP Competition Development Speed Skating certification.  Nicole’s personal skating experience includes racing for Canada in World Cups and World Championships.  Nicole will be coaching the upcoming Academy Short Track – Kamloops with assistance from Jonathan Guilmette. Nicole can be contacted at

Jennifer joins BC Speed Skating with over 20 years of coaching experience – most recently as Mentor Coach Long Track to TEAM BC at the 2019 Canada Winter Games, Coach Coordinator & Coach in Fort St. John, and Head Coach of Salmon Arm Speed Skating.  Jennifer is currently completing her NCCP Competition Development Speed Skating Coach certification and brings a wide variety of sport education certifications including BSc in Exercise & Health Physiology, NCCP Level 1 Olympic Weight Lifting, and Strength & Conditioning.  Jennifer’s skating experience also includes racing as a nationally ranked Team BC athlete throughout competitions around North America.  Jennifer will be coaching the upcoming Academy Long Track camps in Fort St. John along with assistance from Justin Warsylewicz and Jeff Kitura. Jennifer can be contacted at

Congratulations and welcome coaches!

Deadline Reminder – Today – Wednesday, August 7, 2019:

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. 

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The BC Speed Skating Academy is a BC Speed Skating initiative to supplement the development of in-province, Stage 1 and 2 speed skaters on the Elite Athlete Pathway.

Stage 1: Skaters typically Train to Train aged skaters, training 300-400 hours per year (3-5 ice sessions per week during the skating season).

Stage 2: Skaters are typically Learn to Compete skaters, training 400-500 hours per year (4-6 ice sessions per week during the skating season).

Upcoming Academy Camps:

  • Academy – Short Track — Kamloops: September 6-8, 2019
  • Academy – Long Track — Fort St. John: September 13-15, 2019
  • Academy – Long Track — Fort St. John: October 4-6, 2019
  • Academy – Sunday @ BC Cup Short Track #1 — Prince George: November 17, 2019
  • Academy – Sunday @ BC Cup Short Track #2 — Richmond: December 15, 2019
  • Academy – Sunday @ BC Cup Long Track — Prince George: January 12, 2020

Register Now!

The BC Speed Skating BC Cup circuit is set for the 2019-2020 speed skating season!

The BC Cup format includes,

Day 1 Racing:
– racing for athletes
– volunteer experience for everyone

Day 2 Academy:
– training, testing, and workshops for athletes
– workshops for clubs, coaches, officials, and parents

Registration for a BC Cup weekend includes Saturday racing and Sunday Academy.

*The BC Cup Short Track circuit (BC Cup ST #1 and #2) are qualifiers to BC Short Track Provincial Championships – March 14-15, 2020 in Abbotsford, BC.  Further details will be released in the Competitions Bulletin.

**The BC Cup Long Track competition is not a qualifier for BC Long Track Championships – January 25-26, 2020.  The BCLT Championships have been awarded to Fort St. John – details to be confirmed.

 Cup Short Track #1

November 16-17, 2019
Prince George, BC

Day 1 Racing
Day 2 Academy

BC Cup Short Track #1 includes racing, training, and learning opportunities for skaters, volunteers, and parents over two days.

BC Cup Short Track #2

December 14-15, 2019
Richmond, BC

Day 1 Racing
Day 2 Academy

BC Cup Short Track #2 includes racing, training, and learning opportunities for skaters, volunteers, and parents over two days.

BC Cup Long Track #1

January 11-12, 2020
Prince George, BC

Day 1 Racing
Day 2 Academy

BC Cup Long Track #1 includes racing, training, and learning opportunities for skaters, volunteers, and parents over two days.


Aspiring coaches, mark your calendars and register for upcoming Speed Skating FUNdamentals Coach Webinar and Workshop!

PART 1 Webinars – Wednesday, September 4, 11, 18, 25 (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST)

  • Speed Skating FUNdamentals Coach Introduction
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Making Ethical Decisions

Cost $90

Register here

PART 2 Workshop(s) – Date(s)/Location(s) TBD

  • Speed Skating FUNdamentals Coach Managing a Practice
  • Speed Skating FUNdamentals Coach Technique
  • Speed Skating FUNdamentals Analyze Performance
  • Speed Skating FUNdamentals Coach Equipment
  • Peer Teaching

Cost $205

Registration details to be announced

CANCELLED🏃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!