Skater Recognition

BCSSA proudly recognizes and celebrates the achievements of our skaters, through in-house awards, nominations to external awards and other recognition programs.

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BC Speed Skating Skater Awards

Provincial Skater of the Year

Skater of the Year in this category will be the highest ranked skater in the province based on the ranking system as determined by the BCSSA Athlete Development Committee. There will be four awards: Female Short Track, Female Long Track, Male Short Track and Male Long Track.

  • Nomination process: the BCSSA Athlete Development Committee will select an award winner in each of the four categories at the completion of each season. Awards will be presented annually at the BCSSA AGM.
  • Previous award winners: Abigail McCluskey (LT 2016), Sara Spence (Female LT 2015), Josie Spence (Female LT 2014, 2013, 2012), Jacob Graham (Male LT 2015), Nick Goplen (Male LT 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012), Jamie Lee (Female ST 2016, 2015) Jamie Macdonald (Female ST 2014), Michelle MacKay (Female ST 2013, 2012), Chris Poljer-So (Male ST 2016, 2015), Zack McLaren (Male ST 2014, 2013, 2012), Keara Maguire (Female LT 2011), Alec Janssens (Male LT 2011), Courtney Shmyr (Female ST 2011), Timothy Hempsall (Male ST 2011).
National Skater of the Year

Skater of the Year in this category will be the highest ranked skater at the highest level competition as determined by the BCSSA Athlete Development Committee. There will be four awards: Female Short Track, Female Long Track, Male Short Track and Male Long Track.

  • Nomination process: the BCSSA Athlete Development Committee will select an award winner in each of the four categories at the completion of each season. Awards will be presented annually at the BCSSA AGM.
  • Previous award winners: Josie Spence (Female LT 2016, 2015), Tori Spence (Female LT 2014, 2013, 2012), Braden Clouthier (Male LT 2016), Denny Morrison (Male LT 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011), Jamie MacDonald (Female ST 2016, 2015), Courtney Shmyr (Female ST 2013, 2012), Jessica Hewitt (Female ST 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011), Nicole Garrido (Female LT 2011).
Provincial Relay Challenge

The PRC recognizes teams of two skaters, who achieve the highest number of laps during the 10-minute, 2-person relay throughout the season. There will be three awards: All-female, All-male and Mixed-gender.

  • Nomination process: applications are accepted throughout the skating season via the online application form. The BCSSA Competitions Committee collates the results at the completion of each season. Awards will be presented annually at the BCSSA AGM.
  • Previous award winners: Samantha & Ainsley Spencer (All-female 2016), Jack Graves & Dylan Baliski (All-male 2016), Laura & Daniel Hall (Mixed-gender 2016), Holly & Martina Antifay (All-female 2015), Steven Lim & Ciaran Scott (All-male 2015), Alexander Demishkevich & Holly Antifay (Mixed-gender 2015), Connie Kapak & Rosalyn Carr (All-female 2014), Ciaran Scott & Cormac Chui (All-male 2014), Megan Cave & Cormac Chui (Mixed-gender 2014), Sarah McBride & Emily Sulyma (All-female 2013), Teunis Takemori & Shota Inoda (All-male 2013), Connie Kapak & Tyler Hartleb (Mixed-gender 2013).

BC Relay Championship

The BCRC, sponsored by the Fort St James Falcons Speed Skating Club in recognition of coach Keith Gordon, is contested annually at the BC Short Track Championship. The relay race intends to develop team and relay skills while encouraging club spirit and interclub relations. There will be three awards: L2T,  T2T males & T2T females.

  • Nomination process: the BCSSA Competitions Committee will collaborate with the Meet Recorder at the BC Short Track Championship to determine the award winners in each of the three categories.
  • Previous award winners: Interior (L2T 2016), Fraser Valley (T2T female and T2T male 2016), Vancouver/Sardis (L2T & T2T-B males 2013), Fort St John/Port Coquitlam (L2T & T2T-B females 2013), Burnaby (T2T-A males 2013), Matsqui/Sardis (T2T-A females 2013).
Neil Dyer Memorial Shield

This shield was presented by the Fort St John Recreational and Speed Skating Club in memory of a member of that club who passed away at an early age. It is based on points earned by clubs participating in the annual BC Long Track Championship.

  • Nomination process: points will be awarded to participating skaters, accumulating to his/her club. The winning club will be presented with the shield at the conclusion of the competition.
  • Previous award winners:  Fort St. John (2016, 2015, 2014),  Prince George (2013, 2012),  not awarded in 2011, Fort St. John (2010).
Clara Overend Trophy

This trophy was presented by the Ridge Meadows Racers Speed Skating Club in recognition of the outstanding efforts on behalf of speed skating in BC made by Mrs. Clara Overend. It is based on points earned by clubs participating in the annual BC Short Track Championship.

  • Nomination process: points will be awarded, as established by the BCSSA High Performance Committee, by each skater accumulating to their club. The winning club will be presented with the trophy at the conclusion of the competition.
  • Previous award winners:  Ridge Meadows (2016, 2015)  Port Coquitlam (2014), Prince George (2013, 2012), not awarded in 2011, Prince George (2010).
Thobo-Carlsen Award
  • Nomination process: points calculated by the BCSSA Awards Committee at the completion of each season. Awards will be presented annually at the BCSSA AGM.
  • Previous award winners: Prince George Blizzard (2010).
Agatha VanDerStarre Award
  • Nomination process: points calculated by the BCSSA Awards Committee at the completion of each season. Awards will be presented annually at the BCSSA AGM.
  • Previous award winners: Port Coquitlam Lightning (2010).
Most Improved Club of the Year

This award is in recognition of Archie Field and Bud Geer, of Dawson Creek, and Pat Underhill, all of whom were pioneers of the sport of speed skating in British Columbia.

  • Nomination process: points calculated by the BCSSA Awards Committee at the completion of each season. Awards will be presented annually at the BCSSA AGM.
  • Previous award winners: Fort St John (2016), Prince George (2015), Mission (2014), Ridge Meadows (2013)
Most Competitive Club of the Year
  • Nomination process: points calculated by the BCSSA Awards Committee at the completion of each season. Awards will be presented annually at the BCSSA AGM.
  • Previous award winners: Ridge Meadows (2016), Prince George (2015), Fort St. John (2014), Kelowna (2013)
Skater Bursaries

This bursary is awarded to up to two skaters per year who will be attending a Canadian post-secondary institution the following school year.

  • Nomination process: eligible skaters must complete and submit the online application form to the BCSSA Awards Committee by May 1st annually.
  • Previous bursary recipients: Mike Shi (2016),  Eric Spence (2016), Maria Demishkevich (2105), Alison Desmarais (2015) Abigail McCluskey (2014), Jacob Graham (2014), Emilie Medland-Marchen (2013), Dominic Villeneuve (2013), Josie Spence (2012), Clifton Stewart (2012), Alison Banwell (2011), Cameron Bennett (2011), Tori Spence (2010), Tim Hempsall (2010), Michelle MacKay (2010), Nicole Maseja (2010)

External Awards

BC Sports Hall of Fame

The mission of the BC Sports Hall of Fame is to “preserve and honour BC’s sport heritage by recognizing extraordinary achievement in sport”.

  • Nomination process: nominations are prepared and submitted by the Awards Committee, as directed by the BCSSA Board of Directors, at any time throughout the year.
  • BCSSA inductees: Denny Morrison (2015), Neal Marshall (2002), Eden Donatelli-Green (2000)
Sport BC Athlete of the Year

This award recognizes the top amateur athletes in BC. Four sub-categories of awards are available: Junior Male, Junior Female, Senior Male and Senior Female.

  • Nomination process: nominations are prepared and submitted annually by the Awards Committee in consultation with the BCSSA High Performance Committee.
  • Recent BCSSA nominees:  2016 Sr category – Denny Morrison & Josie Spence; (Denny Morrison overall winner),  2016 Jr category – Sara Spence & Jacob Graham, 2015 Sr category – Denny Morrison & Jessica Hewitt (Denny Morrison overall winner), 2015 Jr category – Jamie MacDonald & Jacob Graham
  • Previous BCSSA nominees: Denny Morrison (Sr Male 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014), Jessica Hewitt (2010, 2011) Keara Maguire (Sr Female 2012), Alec Janssens (Junior Male 2012), Tori Spence (Junior Female 2012, 2011, 2010), Tim Hempsall (Junior Male 2011),  Scott Bickerton (Junior Male 2010).
Community Champion Award
  • Nomination process: selected by Sport BC from all Athlete of the Year nominees.
  • Previous BCSSA award winners: Denny Morrison (2011).
Speed Skating Canada Long Track Athlete of the Year

This award is presented to the long track athlete having the most outstanding performance of the year. There are two sub-categories of awards: Jeremy Wotherspoon Award (Male) and Catriona Le May Doan Award (Female).

  • Nomination process: nominated and awarded by SSC High Performance Committee at the annual SSC AGM.
  • Previous BCSSA award winners: Denny Morrison (Jeremy Wotherspoon Award 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006).
Speed Skating Canada Short Track Athlete of the Year

This award is presented to the short track athlete having the most outstanding performance of the year. There are two sub-categories of awards: Marc Gagnon Award (Male) and the Female Short Track Speed Skater.

  • Nomination process: nominated and awarded by SSC High Performance Committee at the annual SSC AGM.
  • Previous BCSSA award winners: Alanna Kraus (Female Short Track Speed Skater 2002).
Speed Skating Canada Rising Star

Since 2005, SSC has considered presenting this award to a young National Team or National Development Team skater who had an outstanding season. There are two sub-categories of this award: Long Track Rising Star and the Guy Daignault Award for the short track rising star.

  • Nomination process: nominated and awarded by SSC High Performance Committee at the annual SSC AGM.
  • Previous BCSSA award winners: n/a.
Speed Skating Canada Honour Roll

Skaters who have achieved international podium success or who hold World Records are automatically recorded on the honour roll of the Speed Skating Canada Hall of Fame.

  • Nomination process: named by SSC at the annual SSC AGM, based on results from the previous season.
  • Previous BCSSA Honour Roll skaters: Denny Morrison (2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007), Jay Morrison (2009).
Peter Williamson Trust Fund Bursary

These bursaries are presented annually to deserving and promising National Development Team or National Team skaters to support the skaters’ educational pursuits. There are 4 sub-categories to be awarded: Female Long Track, Male Long Track, Female Short Track and Male Short Track.

  • Nomination process: members of the National Development Team and National Team may submit applications to SSC. Bursaries are distributed at the annual SSC AGM.
  • Previous BCSSA bursary recipients: n/a.
Speed Skating Canada Canadian Championship Shields

These awards are presented to the best provincial/territorial teams based on cumulative results at Canadian Championships throughout the season. There are two sub-categories of awards available: the Doreen Ryan Shield (long track) and the Pat Underhill Shield (short track).

  • Nomination process: named by SSC Competitions Development Committee at the annual SSC AGM.
  • Previous BCSSA award winners: Team BC (Doreen Ryan Shield 2011), Team BC (Doreen Ryan Shield 2000), Team BC (Doreen Ryan Shield 1984).

Recognition Programs

Participation Certificates

Skaters are recognized for participation in the following events at the annual BCSSA AGM:

  • Junior World Championship Participation Recognition
  • Canada Winter Games Participation Recognition
  • Age Class National Championship Participation Recognition
  • Junior National Championship Participation Recognition
Athlete External Graduation Credits

Skaters are eligible for external graduation credits in the Athlete 10, Athlete 11 and Athlete 12 courses. Credits are automatically assessed by a BCSSA volunteer in the spring of each season.

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