Skate Sarnia is one of the oldest figure skating clubs in Southwestern Ontario, and the oldest in Lambton County. It was formed in January 1948 with 135 skaters, and incorporated as the Sarnia Figure Skating Club for its first full season of 1948/49 with 200 skaters. Our First Annual “Ice Frolics” ice show was held April 8, 1949, and we have celebrated our skaters’ achievements every season since, with our March 24, 2018 being our 70th Anniversary Ice Show. In years past the club grew to 500 skaters, with many competing locally, provincially or nationally. Currently our focus is on recreational skating, although we do have some skaters with competitive goals. The club created and hosted a very large figure skating competition, Western Ontario Section Winter Invitational Competition, which brought together skaters from many clubs in Ontario and Michigan. This was one of the earliest and biggest skating competitions in Southwestern Ontario, which helped develop many skaters and volunteers. The competition was taken over by Western Ontario Section and renamed the Lyle McPhedran Competition, in honour of the Skate Sarnia President who was the driving force in it’s creation. Skate Sarnia is “Dedicated to the healthy development of Children, Youth and Adults through participation in Skating”. We help skaters in need through offering discount fees via the YMCA YRASP and Canadian Tire JumpStart programs. We have helped the Sarnia Community through participation in the Sarnia Arena Management Study, and membership on the Sarnia Arena Advisory Committee. In March 2017, the club presented the City of Sarnia with a cheque for $10,000 to help kick off the Sarnia Arena Revitalization Project, a $490,000 project to upgrade the arena for all users.
We offer CanSkate, STARSkate, CanPowerSkate and Adult Skate programs. CanSkate and CanPowerSkate programs are taught by Professional Coaches assisted by trained Program Assistants. STARSkate sessions are supported by numerous Professional Coaches who are available as private coaches. Adult skaters may join any of the STARSkate sessions.
Our programs start in late September and run through to our Annual Carnival near the end of March. Various skating sessions are offered six days per week, Sunday through Friday. See the Weekly Ice Schedule posted on our website.
CanSkate is offered at three levels: PreCanSkate, CanSkate, and Advanced CanSkate. The first is geared towards beginners with little or no experience (typically ages 3-5), focusing on fun & participation through age appropriate activities. The second is geared towards skaters with minimal experience (typically ages 5 and up), to develop the skating skills defined by CanSkate stages 1 through 3. The third is geared towards experienced skaters who have passed CanSkate Stage 3, developing the fundamental figure skating skills as outlined in CanSkate stages 4 through 6. Skaters are able to automatically progress from one program to the next during the season as they develop the skills needed to move forward to the next level. Awards & incentives are used to encourage skaters in all levels.
CanPowerSkate is offered at two levels: PrePower and Power. These programs are geared to Hockey/Ringette skaters to develop balance, power, agility, speed and endurance. PrePower is for beginners with little experience who are not yet ready for PowerSkate (typically age 4 and up). PowerSkate is a high energy program for skaters who already have basic skating skills. Skills, techniques & conditioning drills are taught in a format that emphasizes how the skills apply to game situations. PrePower skaters are able to move up to PowerSkate during the season as their skills develop. Awards & incentives are used to encourage skaters in all levels.
STARSkate sessions offer opportunities to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skating skills, free skate and interpretive skating. Our professional coaches offer instruction in a group and/or private lesson which includes specifically designed awards and incentives. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system.
Adult skaters enjoy stroking and dancing plus the camaraderie which comes with fellow skaters. Adults often register for the Wednesday Skills and Dance session, but are able to join other STARSkate sessions as well.