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News release for this weekend’s CJC and CC# 3 Speedskating





Fort St. John, BC. January 29, 2018. — More than 120 long track speed skaters from across Canada will be competing this weekend, Feb 2-4, at the Pomeroy Sport Centre for the Canadian Junior Long Track Championships and Canada Cup # 3. The biggest contingents are from Alberta, Quebec and British Columbia, while Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia complement the range of participating provinces.

Close to 90 athletes are competing in the Canadian Junior Long Track Championships for the national title. They are also vying for spots to represent Canada at the 2018 ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championships, which take place March 9-11 in Salt Lake City, USA. Canada was very successful at last year’s competition in Finland and many of that delegation and medal winners will be skating in Fort St. John. They include Tyson Langelaar (MB), Beatrice Lamarche (QC), Graham Fish (SK), David la Rue (QC) and others. Some of them are very familiar with the Fort St. John oval, as they also competed here at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

More than 35 Canada Cup skaters are racing to earn points for their national rankings in each of the distances. These include many athletes of the Speed Skating Canada’s 2017-18 National Development Pool and NextGen Status group.

The Peace region is well represented at this competition. Dawson Creek skaters include Jacob Graham and Hannah Brunn, who both train in Calgary and Dakotah Ruel from Pouce Coupe. The Fort St John Elks are represented by Brook Braun, Yuna Lovell, Amanda Mitchell and Renee Kalkman on the women’s side, and Nicholas Guliov, Nyam Newlove and Joshua Telizyn on the men’s side.

Race schedule for Friday will include the 500m and 1500m distances; Saturday will see the 1000m distances for everyone and the 3000m for women and 5000m for men. Sunday races include the 500m and 1000m distance and conclude with the mass starts event.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend. Admission is free.


2018 BCLT/FUNale Results

BC Long Track Meet  – Thank you All!

Results for BCLT have been revised!!

2018 C4L BCLT

2018 BC Long Track Championships Protocol

2018 BC Long Track Total Points


I would like to thank the organizing committee, officials, and volunteers for all of the dedication and hard work that was put into making the 2018 BCLT another successful and well executed meet.  Compliments were received for the ice, facility and a smoothly run event.  Our club is getting a reputation for great hospitality and high quality events.  This can only come from good teamwork prior to and during the event! What a team!    So thank you to everyone who brought food, helped set up / take down, put up posters/banners, officiated in any way, picked up parcels/supplies, made telephone calls, gave donations, took training, came out & cheered, made programs, folded programs, gave out information, ensured radios were charged, watches were ready, forms were in place, equipment working, took photos, changed their personal plans for the weekend, etc, etc, etc.

Darren Guliov – meet coordinator



Canada Cup #3/Cdn Jr LT Championships

We are proud to be hosting Canada Cup #3/Cdn Jr LT Championships

When:  Feb 2-4/2018

Where: Pomeroy Sports Centre
9324 – 96 Street
Fort St. John, BC V1J 6V5

Training Sessions/Sessions d’entraînements:
January 31/31 janvier;
February 1/1 février;


Info (Updated Jan 6/18) Canadian Jr LT Championships – CC 3-1

SSC Link

Online Registration

Short Track Meet – October 21, 2017

We have our first Speed Skating meet coming up on October 21st!  This will be a short track meet (i.e. on the hockey rink) and will run most of the day.  It is open for ALL skaters to join so if your child is interested at all make sure to get their registration form in this week!

We will also need help to run this meet.  Attached is a volunteer sign up page – please fill in a spot (or two)!

For those of you who are new to the club here is a run-down of the various jobs that we will be needing help with – we are always willing to train people!

  • Meet Coordinator:  This is the job of organizing the event, we are always looking for people to help organize!
  • Referee:  These are the official who are on ice refereeing the event.  We have Wim Kok who is the chief referee for this event but he would be very happy to have an assistant to train
  • Starter:  These are the people who will be at the start line with the starting gun or whistle.
  • Place Judges:  These people stand near the finish line and determine which skater comes in first, second, third, etc
  • Timers:  Timers have the stop watches and are assigned certain skaters to keep track of.
  • Recorders:  These are the people who will take the information that the timers and place judges give them and enter the data into a computer to create the “results” that everyone is so eager for.
  • Lap Counter:  These people have to keep track of which lap the skaters are on and relay that information to the skaters (we have count-down books and an electric lap counter)
  • Track Stewards:  This is an on-ice position!  These people will be placing the lane markers, repairing damage to the ice and periodically pouring water to renew the track.
  • Results Runners:  These people are carrying the results from the timers/place judges to the recorders in a timely, organized manner.
  • Clerk of the Course:  These people are in charge of marshalling the skaters to be ready for their races.  They will be given lists of races and the skaters in them and will have the skaters ready and waiting for their races.
  • Safety Coordinator:  Arranges for the first aid people and works with them to prepare for the event
  • Bucket Filler/Gatekeeper:  We will need someone to fill the buckets for the track stewards and open the gates for the skaters.
  • Mat Set-Up Crew:  We will need a good crew of people (the more we have the faster it will go) to set up the mats in the morning before the event
  • Clean-Up Crew:  After the meet we will need some help cleaning up the mats and various other things from the meet.  It shouldn’t take too long!
  • Officials Lunch Room:  We always offer our volunteers lunch, coffee and some snacks for all of their hard work… so we will need someone to run our lunch room!  We will need to have someone in charge (we will have people who will assist and explain the process) and a few helpers.  We will also be putting out a request for food donations from our club members soon.

If you have any questions please email us at

Fort St John Elks Speed Skating Club

And we’re off!!

All of our skaters have now started skating!  Registration is now closed for our skaters under 12 but we will have a new session starting in January!

If you have ANY questions or concerns, please feel free to ask any of our executive members or senior coaches or email us at!  We do ask for you to please not direct your concerns to our junior coaches as they are kids themselves.

Our executive group this year is

  • Kim Telizyn – President
  • Wim Kok – Vice President (and coach)
  • Shadi Salehi – Treasurer
  • Kelli Cote – Secretary
  • Corrie Bennie – Fundraising Coordinator
  • Susie Keeler – Registrar
  • Kelli Cote, Kate North AND Josh Brown are our Equipment Team as well

Our Senior Coaches are Wim Kok, Jen Gibson, J.P. Sutherland and Kim McPhedran are coaching our youngest skaters with the help of a variety of junior coaches.  Tara Mitchell and Richard Stickel are coaching our skaters who are over 12 and our Masters!

FSJ Short Track Interclub Meet


FSJ ST Interclub – Saturday, October 21, 2017

As most of you know, our interclub short track meet is fast approaching!  This meet is open to all ages. If you have not already done so, please complete the attached registration form, sign the included waiver and submit the form with payment to our club meet registration coordinator Tara Mitchell BEFORE the deadline of Thursday Oct. 12th.

FSJ ST Entry Form 2017

A New Season Begins!!


A big welcome to any new club members who signed up at the One Stop Registration last weekend.  If you have any questions please email us at and we will ensure your question gets answered!

To all our club members and executive who helped out with Registration and Equipment, thank you for your help! We could not do it without you!
Monthly Club Meeting – Sept 13, 2017
A reminder that our monthly meeting will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept 13 @ 6:30 pm in the Timing Room (Oval Level at the Pomeroy Sports Center). Monthly meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month. All club members are welcome to attend as our committees would love to see some fresh faces! Our Club is run ENTIRELY by volunteers (coaches included!) so please let us know if you can assist with anything. More information on positions we need help with will be sent out in the next weekly update.
Final Registration Times
ALL skaters must be registered online and have given payment to our registrar prior to getting on ice.  Susie will be available at the Oval for those who have not yet registered on the following days:
  • Monday, Sept 18 – 6:45 to 7:45 pm
  • Wednesday, September 20 – 6:45 to 7:45 pm
  • Sunday, September 24 – 3:45 to 4:45pm
Final Skate Rental Opportunity
If you need to rent skates or purchase safety equipment from the Club, there will be one more scheduled opportunity. Kelli will be available at the Oval on the following day:
  • Sunday, September 24 – 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Going forward, Kelli will be available on Tuesday from 5 – 6 pm if you need to trade skates or purchase equipment.
Practice Schedules – 2017/2018 Season
Group 3 started their season on September 4. Groups 1, 2 and 4 will hit the ice on Sept 26, and our youngest skaters in the Learn to Skate Group will begin on Oct 3. Attached is a copy of our weekly schedule for this season which includes which ice surface each group will be skating on.  A copy of this schedule has also been posted on the Club board outside the Timing Room.
Soup Fundraiser
Our first fundraising opportunity is Simply Delish Soups!  This was very popular last season, and they are delicious!  Some of you will have received a copy of the soup fundraiser handout and order form at registration.  A copy is also attached to this email and more forms will be posted on the club bulletin board by the Timing Room.  This campaign runs from September 9 to October 24, with expected delivery of orders the week of November 20. You can hand completed forms and payment to any executive member or drop them through the drop box in the door of the Timing Room. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Corrie at (250)785-9370 or
Orientation Meeting
This year our club will be hosting a MANDATORY Orientation Meeting for parents of new skaters (and our seasoned parents as well if they want a refresher!).  This meeting will go over expectations of both skaters, parents and coaches, will introduce you to some of our Executive so you know who to look for if you have a problem, and even go over the basics of skate care and safety equipment requirements.  A date and time has not yet been set, but we will do our best to schedule it so that it is convenient for everyone’s busy schedules (possibly just before or during practices). More details to follow.
Used Equipment for Sale

We would like to make a list of any used equipment you want to sell that can be sent out to club members. If you have skin suits, safety gear (in good condition, no helmets), skates etc please email them to and we will get a list sent out with our next weekly update.

Upcoming Events / Competitions
Sept 16-17 PG Blizzard Kick Start Camp (ST)
Sept 26 Group 1, 2 & 4 Practices Start
Sept 29-Oct 2 Academy North (LT)
Oct 3 Learn 2 Skate Group Practices Start
Oct 21 Fort St John Interclub (ST) – all Groups
Nov 4 Peace River Interclub (ST) – all Groups
To see a list of all scheduled BC Speed Skating Events go to:
To see a list of all schedule AB Speed Skating Events go to:

Register for this season at the ONE STOP REGISTRATION!

We will be at the Fall Community One Stop Registration taking place September 9th from 10:00am to 2:00 pm at the Totem Mall.  Come see us there to register for the 2017-2018 speed skating season!

Registration process will go quickly if you register online first here  Please bring cheques or cash to pay!  We will also have our equipment people set up at the Pomeroy Sport Centre to rent out skates.

See you there!!

ss programs 2017