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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

Stay up to date and informed on the latest speed skating coaching techniques!  Upcoming BC Speed Skating Coach Development opportunities:

  • Academy Coach #2 with Marcel Lacroix (Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, NCCP Level 4), October 27 in Fort St John (6:30 – 7:15 PM): What it Takes to Build a Champion
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    • Registration required – Register Here
  • NCCP Coaching Portfolio Working Group, November 6 online (7:00 – 8:00 PM)
    • Working group open to all coaches who have completed NCCP training but not completed evaluations
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📢 British Columbian Speed Skaters are hitting the ice!  As the Short Track World Cup circuit is about to begin in Calgary, Speed Skating Canada has named BC skaters Jamie Macdonald (Fort St. James) and Alison Desmarais (Vanderhoof) to the racing roster.  The nominations come following outstanding performances at the Short Track Canadian Championships this past fall, where Macdonald was crowned the Canadian Champion.

The 2018 Olympian Macdonald will not participate in the first two World Cups of the season, as it is not included in her season training and competition plans.  Desmarais and the Canadian team will kick-off Canada’s international season at the Calgary Olympic Oval from November 2-4, 2018. For more information on the event, including how to purchase tickets, visit

Short Track Academy – Prince George with Olympic silver medalist and Kamloops Long Blades alumni Jessica Hewitt wrapped up September 16, 2018.  The Stage 1.0 – 1.5 athletes from BC tested their strength, speed, agility, and minds through dryland, on ice training sessions, and in the classroom.  Hewitt found the new generation of BC athletes inspiring, and found improvements within each skater over the weekend.  “It was really great to spend one-on-one time with each skater on ice and in dryland activities,” recalled Hewitt.  Hewitt introduced the skaters to foundational drills for both on and off ice, which she believes are key to developing their skating technique.  The skaters found it particularly useful when she shared successful pre-race strategies and useful daily tools in goal setting, visualization, and video review.

Next up: Short Track Academy Abbotsford, October 12-13, 2018 with former short track National Team athlete and current Calgary Olympic Oval Short Track Coach Joffrey Larocque.  Joffrey brings over a decade of coaching experience and a recent Advanced Coaching Diploma certification.

The focus of the camp will be race tactics, speed generation and maintenance, and pre-sprint race warm up techniques.  The skaters will have two ice sessions per day, dryland training, and educational seminars.

More information and registration here.