On December 9, 1967 an interested group of parents found the Niagara District Skating Club. The Club began in connection with the opening of the new Niagara District Centennial Arena in Virgil. On October 31, 1968 the Niagara District Figure Skating Club was granted club membership in the Canadian Figure Skating Association. Mr. Frank Mandeville, a local high school teacher with a passion for figure skating, became the Club’s first President.
On January 1, 1979 the Club was incorporated and the name changed to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Figure Skating Club. We have been home to many former Western Ontario champions & medalists, STARSkate Provincial champions & medalists, a National STARSkate medalist and many event qualifiers, a Skate Canada National Challenge qualifier and most recently, provincial qualifiers in Skate Ontario’s 2017/2018 inaugural year in both Sectional and STARSkate events. Our club has produced many Skate Canada Gold Test skaters in all disciplines. As well, we have numerous Triple Gold medalists.
Our on-ice sessions are complemented with off-ice training programs. We offer a fitness program lead by a CanFitPro certified Personal Trainer, an Expressive Movement Class lead by a contemporary dancer & dance educator and a Stretch Class. We are the only club in the Niagara Region to have a two time National Skate Canada award winning coach administering and instructing our Recreational programs. Our Director of Skating Programs, Coach Judi Boyle-Krzeczkowski, has received both the Skate Canada “Recreational & Club Coach Award of Excellence” & the “Best of the Best CanSkate Coach Award” for Canada in recognition of her excellence in program delivery.
All Recreational programs are under the guidance of our highly experienced and dedicated NCCP certified coaching staff assisted by many qualified Program Assistants. For the last fifteen years, as an introduction to figure skating from the CanSkate level, we have held our annual in-house “Challenge” for skaters on our Pre-Junior session to encourage our young skaters to pursue the competitive stream. In 2018, we added our Junior session skaters to give them further opportunity to perform their programs. Each year at the end of the season, we hold our annual Showcase Gala featuring skaters from Pre-School to Adult and STARSkate to Competitive levels.