Skate with Us

Have you ever wanted to skate at over 50 kilometers per hour? Are you looking for a sport that allows all ages and abilities to participate in the same club? Do you want to improve your skating skills? Do you love racing on skates? Then speed skating is for you!

Ice speed skating has been a part of Canadian winters since the 1850s. Today, ice speed skating has two main disciplines: short track (skated indoors on a hockey rink) and long track (skated indoors or outdoors on a 400m oval). Marathon skating (skated outdoors on various sized ice surfaces) is a third discipline, which is popular in areas where appropriate facilities exist.

Speed skating is a family friendly, volunteer-driven sport, with speed skating clubs across British Columbia. In Canada, there are opportunities to excel in the sport or to remain lifelong participants, as a skater, coach, official, administrator, volunteer, parent or fan!

Getting Started

To get started in speed skating, contact your local club using the Club Finder. Most clubs in BC participate primarily in short track speed skating, and will offer try-out sessions at a discounted rate, or even for free. Speed skates are available for rent, although younger skaters may use their own skates (hockey or figure skates). Speed skating is an inclusive sport and all ages and abilities are welcome to try! However, some clubs prefer that skaters have a basic knowledge of skating before trying speed skating (e.g. have taken a learn-to-skate course). Contact your local club for more information.

Online Club Registration through Membership Affiliation System (MAS)

Current Skaters

Skaters in BC are involved in one of three streams: the Regional Stream, Provincial Stream or Performance Stream. The streams are based on principles of individualized, holistic athlete development and allow for a skater of any age to find the speed skating experience that is right for them.

 

Age

Regional Stream
YELLOW
Provincial Stream
GREEN
Performance Stream
BLUE
0-6 Active Start(AS)
6-8 female
6-9 male
FUNdamentals (FUNd)
8-11 female
9-12 male
Learn to Train(L2T) L2T
11-14 female
12-15 male
Train to Train(T2T) F11, F12, F13, F14
M12, M13, M14, M15
ISU Jr C
15-16
17-18
19-22
23-29
30+
Competitive for Life (C4L)
Novice
C4L Open
C4L Masters 30+, 35+, 40+,
45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+,
70+, 75+, 80+, 85+, 90+
ISU Jr B
ISU Jr A
NeoSenior
Senior (23+)
Special Olympics C4L Special Olympics*
(any age)
Any Age Fit for Life (recreational)

The Regional Stream objective is to provide an introduction to speed skating within a safe and welcoming sport environment. This stream focuses on:

  • Social interaction and fun
  • Personal achievement
  • Overall development of fundamental physical skills and competency
  • Base for lifelong participation in sport and physical activity
  • Individualization for each participant to reflect their unique abilities and development
  • Volunteerism and knowledge development.

Photo Credit: Harold Schock

The Provincial Stream objective is to provide an integrated athletic development speed skating program, which allows skaters to progress towards excellence or to enjoy lifelong participation in meaningful sport and physical activity. This stream focuses on:

  • Appropriate/individualized planning, training and competitive environments
  • Personal achievement leading towards excellence
  • Volunteerism and knowledge development
  • Social interaction/fun.

Photo Credit: Michael Mong

The Performance Stream objective is to provide resources to support BC skaters towards excellence at the national and international level. This stream focuses on:

  • Provincial meaningful competitive experiences
  • Enhanced training environments, with appropriate/individualized planning and periodization
  • Financial/material support
  • Skater representation at provincial Multi-Sport Organizations and National Sport Organization levels
  • Mastery/excellence in sport.

Photo Credit: Michael Mong