There are three upcoming officials clinics at the Richmond Olympic Oval! Email officialsdevelopment@nullbcspeedskating.ca to register for the Level 1 Officials Clinic (9:15-11:15), Level 2 Timing Clinic (12:15-14:15), and/or Level 2 Finish Line Judge Clinic (14:15-16:15).

BC Speed Skating has lined up a dynamic group of coaches for the three upcoming Academy Fall Camps! Registration remains open  *here* .

Academy ST Fall Camp (Kamloops, September 6-8)

The Academy ST Fall Camp will be led by ST Provincial Coach Nicole Garrido. Nicole is a former national team skater and the current Richmond Olympic Oval High Performance Head Coach. She is completing her NCCP Comp Dev certification. Nicole will be supported by three-time Olympic medallist Jonathan Guilmette. Jonathan is currently the Manager of the High Performance Short Track Program at the Calgary Olympic Oval.

Academy LT Fall Camp #1 (Fort St John, September 13-15)

The Academy LT Fall Camp #1 will be led by LT Provincial Coach Jennifer Gibson. Jennifer is completing her NCCP Comp Dev certification and is the Head Coach for the Salmon Arm Icebreakers. Jennifer attended the 2019 Canada Winter Games as a Women in Coaching Apprentice Coach, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Jennifer will be supported by Olympic medallist Justin Warsylewicz. Justin is a Registered Massage Therapist and coaches Stage 2 LT at the Calgary Olympic Oval. 

Academy LT Fall Camp #2 (Fort St John, October 4-6)

The Academy LT Fall Camp #2 will again be led by LT Provincial Coach Jennifer Gibson. She will be supported by Jeff Kitura, a BC native who skated with the national team for eight years. Jeff is NCCP Comp Dev certified and coaches Stage 3 LT at the Calgary Olympic Oval. 

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!

The 2019-2020 Competitions Format Bulletin has been released! This bulletin outlines the eligibility, seeding, and format for provincial-level competitions, including the BC Cups, BC Championships and FUNales.

Please also see this short video message from BCSSA Technical Director Chris Acton, which explains the qualification format for the BCST Championship. Any questions should be directed to Chris (chris.acton@nullbcspeedskating.ca).

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. 

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.