Weekly Update Nov 16/14


Denny Morrison skated for a 7th place in the Men’s 1000 m and 4th place in the men’s 1500m in this weekend World Cup in Japan. Way to go Denny!!

*** TIME TRIALS and FUN meet

Due to the unfortunate cancellation of the Dawson Creek meet on Saturday Nov 8, 2014 the club decided to add a Fun Meet component forth younger skaters to the already planned Saturday morning time trials for older skaters. While a number of accredited officials had commitments elsewhere, we had enough to make it an official sanctioned event.

  • First of all big huge thank you for all who helped with the last minute sanctioned time trials and fun meet on Saturday. We really do have a wonderful club with amazing people in it!
  • Debbie Johnson arranged for the provincial sanction and the Level 3 First Aid. With the presence accredited officials we could host an official competition. The drop-in registration made it a bit more difficult to set-up the mass start races. Notwithstanding that, we can again say that ”We did it”
  • Accredited Officials

  • Starters: Robin Lloyd and Adrian Telizyn

Finish Line Judges Debbie Johnson, Kim Telizyn and Susie Keeler

Timers Tymen Brigden, Rick Newlove, Josh Brown and other parents

Track Steward Daren Guliov

Lap counter Jim Lovell

Clerk of the Course Nicola Brown

Referee Wim Kok

Meet Co-ordinators Debbie Johnson and Wim Kok

  • Also, thank you to Kristen Ramsey for the healthy food donation.
  •  Finally, needless to say to anyone who helped, but was not mentioned here, thank you.

Skin Suits:
  We are going to be placing a skin suit order ASAP hopefully by Tuesday Nov 17th. Its for Junior suits ONLY!  Debbie already has two people committed to buy. There will be a total of 6 suits ordered, possibly more if I have others commit. This is a rush as I hope that Louis Garneau can have them back to us before Christmas usually there is a 6 week turn around.  So if you are interested in ordering a club suit for your young skater please let Debbie know by Tuesday (Debbie will come by the Tuesday practice around 5:30ish if you have any questions)

Interested in Coaching?  We are looking for more coaches and helpers for our “Learn to Skate” (Cradles) program.  We will be starting a new session in the new year and would like to know who we can count on to be on the ice.  If you are interested in helping, even some of the time, please speak to one of the coaches and we will work out a schedule.  Thank you!

Level 1 Clinic:  In order to have a quality speed skating club, we need our group of skaters and parents to be involved in the club as a whole.  The best way to begin to be involved in our club is to attend the Level 1 Clinic that Mr. Kok is generous enough to offer to teach!  This really is an interesting and informative session that covers the basics in the sport of speed skating.  It will answer many questions you may have about the rules and regulations of the sport and also fill in some blanks you may not have even known were there.  Please email Wim at to let him know that you are interested in attending this clinic and he will work to find a day of the week that works best for everyone.

Canada Cup #1:  Canada Cup 1 and 2015 BC Team Trials Canada Winter Games coming November 28th to the 30th.  We will be asking for people to volunteer to help out in a number of ways from decorating the oval areas with posters and news paper clippings to donating food and helping out with an information table during the event.  Decorators will be required on Wednesday November 26, perhaps the skaters that night could show up early to help hang posters?  We will need an info table manned each morning of the event, and if we have enough volunteers hopefully throughout the weekend.  Food requests will be coming soon…


 To host sanctioned events clubs have to provide for accredited officials. This raises the questions (a) what officials are needed, and (b) how do you become one?

  1. Officials needed for an Sanctioned Competition

  •  Meet Coordinators coordinates the meet organization
  • Recorder manages the race administration
  • Clerk of the Course organizes skaters for every race
  • Starter executes the start of every race
  • Lap Counter keeps skaters informed of laps remaining in the race
  • Track Stewards watches track during races
  • Timers determine skater times
  • Finish Line Judges determine skater places
  • Electronic timers operate electronic timing system
  • Announcer keeps spectators informed during the event
  • Referee i/c of competition during the event

Of course there are many other positions that require volunteers

 How do you become an accredited official?

  1. Take a clinic, offered

  2. Volunteer to work with experienced officials during an event (one the job mentoring)


 At the club level we have been able to develop one of the most experienced teams of officials in British Columbia. We did this and do this by running clinics and hosting events where you can get experience. We are also lucky in the club to have many officials who are qualified to run these clinics. To maintain, train and develop our officials’ base, we need you. For that reason we are planning to host the following Clinics

  •  Level 1: Intro to Speed Skating and Officiating (3-3.5 hrs)

Required for everyone interested in officiating.

  • Level 2 Timing and Place Judging (4 hrs)

  • Level 2 Starting (4 hrs)

Please contact: Wim ( to express you interest so that we can plan.

* * * TIME TRIALS Sat Nov 22, 2014 (tentative)

 We are tentatively planning time trials for this Saturday (Nov 22) mainly to test the electronic timing and to give skaters (Group 3 and up) an opportunity to test their competitive skills for Canada Cup. Watch for announcement later this week.

* * * Next FUN MEET

 Depending on the feedback and availability of officials we will be looking at another FUN MEET for the younger skaters.