Competitions are held regularly throughout the season; each meet is hosted by different speed skating clubs and therefore vary in location. Many of these competitions are in the lower mainland. The Richmond Rockets Speed Skating Club hosts the V-Rrooom Challenge competition in February of each year at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
Most competitions are run as ability meets where skaters race against other skaters of similar ability rather than by age group; this allows skaters to better challenge themselves during racing situations.
At least one club coach tries to accompany and support club skaters who are participating in theses various competitions.
Registration fees average around $40-75 dollars for ability meets, age-class meets, or other competitions. Most meets are held in the lower Fraser valley, within a one-hour drive outside of Richmond.
(Table from BC Speed Skating Association)
BC Speed Skating Meets & Events Calendar
See the BCSSA Events Calendar for upcoming competitions. ST events are Short Track events. Local competitions that are appropriate for Rockets skaters will be shared with qualified skaters if they are available. At this time due to the evolving COVID-19 restrictions, many competitions have been cancelled or are limited-in capacity.
The Long Term Participant Athlete Development Plan (LTPAD) adopted by BC Speed skating and Speed Skating Canada guides the way we have competitions. Listed here are the LTPAD Program Age categories, defined as the skater’s age on June 30 before the event date.
Skaters in BC are involved in one of three streams: the Regional Stream, Provincial Stream or Performance Stream:
Acronymns / Glossary
|L2T||Learn to Train|
|T2T||Training to Train|
|C4L||Competitive For Life|
|U14||Under 14 years old|
|U16||Under 16 years old|
|F11/12||Female 11 years of age; Female 12 years of age|
|F13/14||Female 13 years of age; Female 14 years of age|
|M12/13||Male 12 years of age; Male 13 years of age|
|M14/15||Male 14 years of age; Male 15 years of age|
|BCWG||BC Winter Games|
|CWG||Canada Winter Games|
|BCSSA||British Columbia Speed Skating Association|
|SSC||Speed Skating Canada|
|ISU||International Skating Union|
|BCST||BC Short Track|
|KSSC||Kelowna Speed Skating Club|
|ORTC||Okanagan Regional Training Centre|
|R2RD||Racing to Red Deer|
|NCCP||National Coaching Certification Program|
|WEC||Western Elite Circuit|
|TBC||To be confirmed|
|PGB||Prince George Blizzard|
|LTAD||Long Term Athlete Development|
|LTPAD||Long Term Participant Athlete Development Plan|
|RRSSC||Richmond Rockets Speed Skating Club|