🏃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 BC Speed Skating Academy is entering its fifth season! The Academy continues to be a provincially-administered program to supplement the club training for in-province skaters. Over the past four years, Academy has been targeted to Stage 1 (competitive T2T) skaters. Academy 1 will continue this season, with new breakout groups at Academy camps for Academy 2 (Stage 2, competitive Junior-aged) skaters.

Academy will be delivered in a camp-based format, with the following camps planned:

Expressions of interest from Local Organizing Committees for the June, September and October camp are due by May 20th. Please refer to the bid package for more details. Any questions should be directed to chris.acton@nullbcspeedskating.ca.

The Academy Speed Skating Excellence Retreat (SSER) is returning to the BCSSA AGM this year! The Academy SSER will be hosted Saturday May 25th to Sunday May 26th in Aldergrove (Langley Township), at the same location as the BCSSA AGM.

Registration is now open HERE, with a registration deadline of May 20th.

Activities will run all day Saturday and Sunday until early afternoon. Skaters will use the Academy SSER as an off-ice kick-off to their season training, including baseline testing, instruction on the foundations of dryland and strength training, and season planning. The camp will be led by Jackson Cheung, S&C Coach at the Richmond Olympic Oval, supported by speed skating coaches, BCSSA Technical Director Chris Acton, and Andrei Mandzuk (Mental Performance Consultant).

Eligible skaters include Stage 1 (competitive T2T-aged) and Stage 2 (competitive Junior-aged) skaters. The two groups (Academy 1 and Academy 2) will be broken out at various points in the weekend. Any questions about skater eligibility should be directed to Chris Acton: chris.acton@nullbcspeedskating.ca. The SSER is open to all coaches (coaches must also register via the link above).

The BC Winter Games (BCWG) 2020 will be held February 20-23, 2020 in Fort St John. The Tech Package for the Games has been released and is available on the BC Speed Skating website.

What’s New?

  • In accordance with BC Games Society rules, there will be ONE age category (per gender) at the BCWG 2020: U14. Skaters who are 12 or 13 years old as of July 1, 2019, are eligible to compete. Each Zone will be eligible to send 3 skaters per gender, with wildcard positions also available.
  • BCSSA has successfully proposed a pilot project to the BC Games Society, which allows up to 16 “Young Officials” (14-17 years years old as of July 1, 2019) to attend the Games to become trained as officials, volunteer as track stewards at the Games, and act as mentors to the younger athletes. This is the first project of this type ever at a BC Games!
  • BCSSA has successfully requested that long track events will be included in the BCWG 2020, to take advantage of the beautiful indoor long track facility in Fort St John. Skaters will have multiple opportunities to practice on the long track oval, and to race in an exhibition race, prior to racing two official distances: 500m Olympic Style and 7-lap ISU Mass Start. Long track racing will occur after the completion of short track racing for the weekend. All skaters will compete in the short track and long track events.
  • BCSSA, the BC Games Society and Special Olympics BC have collaborated to have Special O skaters race at the Games. Special O skaters will exclusively race short track events, in a separate division. Special O Zone Teams will have their own Coaches and Managers.

Please see the BC Speed Skating website for more details. Questions can be directed to the BCWG 2020 Provincial Advisor: chris.acton@nullbcspeedskating.ca.


We are in the final ‘strides’ of the 2018-19 season. To make it to the finish line we need to wrap things up and plan for next year. We would like to thank every official for her and his involvement. Also, a thank you to all the meet coordinators and referees who have already submitted the required competition reports. These provide valuable feedback on issues that may need addressing by ODC. If you have not yet done so, take a minute or two now and submit.

ODC has the following requests to be completed by March 31, 2019:  


At season’s end we will be compiling a list of names of officials for:

  1. Level 1 Accreditation,
  2. Upgrading Level 1 Officials to Level 2; and
  3. Recommending Level 2 Officials to SSC ODC for upgrading to Level 3

To do this we need your help. If you or any of your club members is interested in being accredited or upgraded, it is important to submit the requests with documentation to BCSSA ODC. Most this can be completed online. We would like to stress that the responsibility lies with the individual who wishes to be upgraded. Please note that for Level 2 and 3 upgrades we need assessments from higher level officials. Information about the steps can be found on the officials upgrading web pageThe criteria for accreditation and upgrading for each position can be found here.


Looking ahead we are also asking clubs/regions to identify the need for clinics for next year. Please provide us with a list of needs by March 31, 2019 via email (officialsdevelopment@nullbcspeedskating.ca).


We also ask every club to review their current list of Accredited Officials and provide us with information to update the current list. Any updates should be provided via email.


On behalf of ODC, thank you for your cooperation.

E.W. (Wim) Kok

Chairing BCSSA ODC

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!

Congratulations to the skaters who have qualified for Team BCSSA @ CWST, based on their performance at BC ST Championship this past weekend in Prince George! Skaters will compete at the Canada West ST Championship in Grand Prairie, Alberta, on March 23-24, 2019.

Qualified skaters will receive an email with further details regarding registration and Team BCSSA logistics.

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!