My name is Scott Bickerton and I am 21. I started skating with the Nelson Speed Skating Club in its inaugural year, 1999. For the first few seasons I was too afraid to race, but eventually I become comfortable with the idea and since then I have raced all over the province of BC, all over Canada, and even some international competitions. In my early racing years in BC I would travel to Kelowna almost every second week throughout the winter to train with Nancy Goplen and the Kelowna Club, honing my short track skills with other skaters my age and ability.
I switched from short track to long track in 2006, and haven’t looked back. Bob Boucher, a former speedskating and track cycling Olympian who is also a Nelson resident, was instrumental in teaching me how to become a long track athlete. With his coaching and mentoring I had the opportunity to race in the 2007 Canada Games in Whitehorse, Yukon. I won a bronze medal in the men’s team pursuit, along with the other team BC men. My best individual finish was 8th in the 5000m. To help pursue my speedskating career further I moved to Calgary in my grade 12 year, attending The National Sport School. My goal at that time was to make Junior Worlds. In the 08/09 season I achieved that after winning both the 3000m and 5000m at the Canadian Junior Championships.
The 2009 Junior World Championships were held in Zakopane, Poland. It was my first international competition and my first trip to Europe. I placed 7th in both the 3k and the 5k, both placings I was proud of. These results were good enough to qualify me for National funding, which I have been on at varying levels ever since.
Since the end of my Junior season in 08/09 I have had the opportunity to race
in the 2010 Olympic trials, and Canadian ranking meets all over the country. In the 10/11 season I had the privilege of being the Canadian alternate for the World Allround Championships, and raced at the Continental Championships in Salt Lake City, a competition that included only six Canadian men, and has skaters from North America as well as New Zealand and Australia.
Since graduating from LVR in 2008 I have been working on my B.Sc.in Biological Science at the University of Calgary. I find school an excellent way to distract myself when I don’t have a great training day. However, I have found the balance between skating and school can be tough when the competitive part of the skating year comes around.
As I look forward to another year my goal to make the 2014 Olympics remains the same, and my effort and motivation to get there stronger than ever.
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