(250) 851-1481
McArthur Island Sports Centre, Kamloops
Club Overview

Established in 1992, the Kamloops Long Blades was created by our current Coach Coordinator, Sandi Vyse, her mother, Phyllis Vyse, and skater’s parents Bill Zirnhelt and Sharon Wall. Sandi skated competitively at the National level at an early age coached by her mother. Over the years we have assembled a strong team of experienced and qualified coaches. All of our coaches are certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).

The Kamloops Long Blades offers programs in Short Track, Long Track, and In-line Racing. The club is open to all ages, including Special Olympic skaters. Each year, we offer multiple public events and lessons to help introduce the sport to the community. Annually, the club caters to over 50 skaters all coming from different ages, backgrounds, and genders.

Fundraising continually both on and off season helps our club to provide for the purchase of club skates, blades, sharpening equipment, safety mats, subsidizing ice expenses, travel support and training needs. We have also joined the True Sport Movement and have adopted one of their values to “Give Back” which reflects how we strive to support our community through sport, most recently assisting Williams Lake in starting their new club.

Our Mission

Our Programs offer overall athlete development and speed skating instructions from youth to adults. Our 'Learn to' sessions focus on introducing young children to skating. Our club memberships provide for beginner, recreational, competitive and high performance programs and are designed to support continued long term athlete development. The development of confident and competent youth requires participation, support and opportunity through teamwork. Building healthy and active individuals is important to the club. In support of these goals we provide skilled and accredited coaching staff along with as many training opportunities as funding permits. Competition is important to building on personal successes. Competitions are where skaters put all that practice to work. Skaters strive to achieve personal best times at competition. Active Start (under age 6) to Active for Life (adult 30+) can attend skating meets in nearby communities, regionally, provincially, nationally or internationally.
Kamloops Long Blades


An Incomplete list of important events through time. Please send any additions to info@kamloopslongblades.ca


The Kamloops Long Blades was created by our current Coach Coordinator, Sandi Vyse, her mother, Phyllis Vyse, and skater’s parents Bill Zirnhelt and Sharon Wall.


June 2002 - February 2004

Meet our board members

Gillian Goud


Andrew Sadegur

Vice President

Alana Lawhead


Trish Archibald


Jodi Roberts

Member at Large

Peter Loland

Member at Large


Member at Large

Leah Turner

Member at Large

Wayne V.d. Merwe

Member at Large

Meet our Social Media Committee

Feel free to reach out to them via pr@kamloopslongblades.ca

Jodi Roberts

Sandi Vyse

Leah Turner

Meet our Equipment Committee

Feel free to reach out to them via equipment@kamloopslongblades.ca

Andrew Sadegur

Equipment Coordinator
Kamloops Long Blades skate and take part in dryland activities on the traditional lands of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc within Secwépemc’ulucw, the unceded territory of the Secwépemc people. We respect and acknowledge the Indigenous peoples of this land, known as Turtle Island, and thank them for allowing us to live, learn and manage our association on their territory
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