Performance Stream Skaters

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

Photo Credit: Michael Mong

 

Eligible Skaters

Performance Stream skaters include select Train to Train, and all Learn to Compete, Train to Compete, Learn to Win and Train to Win skaters.

Competitions

Performance Stream skaters compete in inter-provincial, national and international competitions, for example: the Western Elite Circuit, Canada Winter Games, Canadian Open Championship and the Canadian Junior Championships. Appropriate events for Performance Stream skaters can be found on the BCSSA Calendar of Events, indicated in blue. Event formats can be found in the BCSSA Competitions Bulletin, the SSC Competitions Bulletin and the SSC High Performance Bulletins.

Racing Events

Performance Stream skaters compete on the 111.12m track (short track) and the 400m oval (long track), skating in the counter-clockwise direction. Races include traditional speed skating events and team events (e.g. short track relays and long track pursuits).

Skater Recognition

Performance Stream skaters are recognized for personal achievements and on a results-based system. Coaches or skaters may track the skater’s PB (personal best) time. Skaters in the Performance Stream may be provided awards at competitions based on overall placing, and will be ranked provincially, nationally and internationally for the purpose of naming onto teams or into programs.

Skater Support Programs

Team BCSSA

Performance Stream skaters may be selected to represent Team BCSSA at an age-class national championship. The qualification format for each of the championships in the upcoming season is published in the ADC Team BCSSA Bulletin each summer. Skaters are supported by having their registration fees for the championship covered, having access to a pool suit and access to the Team BCSSA coach for the championship. Questions should be directed to the ADC (bcssa.athletedev@nullgmail.com).

Provincial Performance Program

Provincial Stream skaters may also qualify for the Provincial Performance Program (PP Program), which is designed to help athletes progress to the National Development Team (NDT) and National Team (NT). There are five Tiers within the PP Program. For details please see the ADC PP Program Selection Bulletin, published each summer. Skaters in the PPP (Tiers 1-4) are eligible for Integrated Performance System (IPS) Carding from Canadian Sport Institute/PacificSport. Details regarding PP Program support are published in the ADC Skater Support Programs Bulletin. Questions should be directed to the ADC at bcssa.athletedev@nullgmail.com.

Supplemental Programs

Performance Stream skaters have two options for Stage 2 (on the Elite Athlete Pathway) training locations in Western Canada. Both programs are an extension of BCSSA programs, but are not directly run nor funded by BCSSA:

The British Columbia Speed Skating Association gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.