Bursary Details

In 1992, the Board of Directors of Speed Skating Canada (SSC) unanimously endorsed the establishment of a trust fund in memory of Peter Williamson (1946-1991), which has been used since then to offer two (2) annual bursaries of $1,500 each to deserving and promising speed skaters.
  • One (1) bursary is available for a short track skater on the national or development team
  • One (1) bursary is available for a long track skater on the national or NextGen team
In order to be considered for the Peter Williamson Memorial Bursary, an athlete must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • Be a registered member in good standing of Speed Skating Canada
  • Be a member for the upcoming season of the short track national or development team; or of the long track national or NextGen team
  • Be enrolled in, or demonstrate the intention to enroll in, a post-secondary educational institution for the coming year or semester and provide proof from that institution
An athlete may only receive the Peter Williamson Memorial Bursary a maximum of two (2) times throughout their career and will not be awarded a bursary in back-to-back years.

Application Process
Athletes are invited to submit their application using this online form. Each application must be accompanied by two (2) letters of support or testimonials from individuals with a close relationship to the athlete (e.g.: coach, teacher, professor, teammate, community leader, etc.).

All applications must be submitted by midnight EST on Sunday, August 9, 2020.  

Selection Process
The candidates will be ranked by the selection committee based on how the information in their application form meets the following criteria.
  • Combination of high level athletic and scholastic achievements
  • Commitment to balancing training, competing and schoolwork
  • Contributions to the speed skating community in a coaching or volunteering capacity
  • Ability to communicate well with coaches, staff members, teammates and classmates
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership qualities both on and off the ice
If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Jill Lynch at jlynch@speedskating.ca. You can also refer to the information package on our website.