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Regrettably, we must announce that BC Cup Long Track Prince George scheduled for January 11-12, 2020 has been cancelled.  The Prince George Blizzards interclub will still be occurring on Saturday January 11th, 2020 and we encourage everyone to consider attending and experience outdoor racing in Prince George next month.

While skaters are set to compete and learn this weekend at BC Cup Short Track #1 in Prince George – parents, coaches, officials, and volunteers alike are invited to join Academy Sunday programming.  Academy Parent, Coach, and Official includes a variety of workshops and clinics to choose from throughout Sunday.  Registration for Academy Sunday is required by Thursday, November 14.

  • Level 1 Officials Clinic ($10)
  • Level 2 Timers Clinic ($15)
  • Level 2 Place Judge Clinic ($15)
  • Coaches Professional Development Update Session (free)
  • Video Review Session (free)
  • T2T Season Planning Session (free)

To register – click here 

To register – click here 

Registration deadline for Academy Sunday: Thursday, November 14.

*Reminder: BC Cup Short Track #2 Richmond accommodation room discounts end November 18 

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 nicole.garrido@nullbcspeedskating.ca.

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 jennifer.gibson@nullbcspeedskating.ca.

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 chris.acton@nullbcspeedskating.ca by 11:59pm Pacific on Wednesday August 7th. 

More information

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.

 BC 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!