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Training Children to Champions Since 1934
Our Story

Vancouver Skating Club

Founded in 1934

The VSC was founded in 1934. That same year, the Canadian Figure Skating Association, now Skate Canada, joined the International Skating Union. That year the first BC Coast competition, a one day event, was held in Vancouver. The following year the Club started a modest program of group instruction that included a half hour of figures and fifteen minutes of freeskate on Saturdays and Sundays.

Program Expanded

Over the years the Club’s programs expanded along with its membership. In 1960 the Vancouver Skating Club had the honour of hosting the World Championships under the patronage of the Governor General of Canada, George Vanier. The Club has also hosted the Canadian National Junior and Senior Championships in 1967, the Canadian National Senior Championships in 1973, the BC Coast Championships in 1972, 1977, 1982 and 1986 and the BC/YT Section Synchronized Skating Championships in 2001. The Club presented its first ice show in 1934 and continues this tradition today, when possible, with the Valentine’s and Christmas Galas.

Training Locations

In 1934, the Club’s home rink was the Forum at the Pacific National Exhibition with the exception of 1939 to 1946 during the wars when it was used to house Canadian troops. Around that time the Agrodome, also at the PNE, became the Club’s home rink. The VSC also runs programs at Karen Magnussen recCentre and Ice Sports North Shore in North Vancouver.

Present Day

Since the VSC was formed, the Club has grown from a handful of skaters to over 950 members/athletes. The VSC offers both recreational and competitive programs for boys, girls, and adults. These programs include CanSkate, CanPower, JumpStart, Pre-Competitive, and Competitive levels.

The VSC’s goal is to enable every skater to train and compete at an achievable level of personal success in order to promote self confidence and a lasting enjoyment of figure skating. The VSC coaches inspire the club skaters to be the best that they can be and to meet their personal goals. The VSC’s mandate is to provide the facilities, equipment and coaching necessary to achieve excellence in the sport of figure skating at all levels.

Our Values

Sport for Life
Inspire Excellence
Respect Diversity


Our Mission

The Vancouver Skating Club (VSC) is a non-profit organization that has served the skating needs of the Lower Mainland for seventy-five years. In furthering the sport of figure skating, it is the mission of the Vancouver Skating Club to provide the necessary training programs and facilities to enable skaters to achieve their personal goals, encourage participation and give guidance in the sport of figure skating. The VSC endeavours to educate and inform the membership regarding figure skating, with an emphasis upon its pleasures, healthy aspects, and its value as an activity, which contributes to the development of fitness, self-discipline and character.

Lee Boyd

Director of Programs
Head Canskate Coach
Power Skating Instructor

Lee has been coaching since 1997 with several clubs in the lower mainland and on the sunshine coast. She came to coaching after graduating from UBC with a BSc in Microbiology. Finding that microbiology was not going be a career, she went back to her first love, skating.

Lorna Bauer

Sport Science Director

Lorna has been a career coach for 34 years, as well she is fully NCCP Level IV certified, a Gold CEP member of Skate Canada, and is certified in Canpowerskate.

Lorna combines her personal experience in the sport with the knowledge she gained as part of getting her Bachelors in Applied Science – Kinesiology and her Professional Teacher’s Certificate (high school).

Rod Mackie

Harness Coach

Coach Rod has 30 years experience. He is a National Certified coach and has worked with beginner to international level skaters. In his spare time Coach Rod can be found hiking or mountain biking on the local trails.

Rita Gorse (Chalubinska)


Rita has a strong competitive and professional background.

She represented the Polish National team for seven years. She was twice a Junior Champion, a Senior Bronze Medalist and competed at the International Grand Prix, World Junior Championships in singles and pairs. She did all the triple jumps . Rita was also taught by one of the world’s best coaches – Elena Tchaikowskaya .

Rita traveled around the world with “Holiday on Ice” . This is where she had an opportunity to learn the variety of movements from Olympic Champion – Robin Cousins . With that experience she continued as an elite Performer and an Ice Captain on board cruise ships .

Devon Neuls


Devon has a solid background in competitive figure skating as a National and International competitor – novice to senior in singles and junior in pairs. 

Lorenza Sammarelli Kletas

Artistic Director - Gala 2023
CanSkate & CanPower Certified
3 Time BC Winter Games Coach & Team Leader

With 25+ years coaching experience,  Lorenza has coached skaters from Star 1 to Competitive levels and has had skaters (including herself) pass Gold Freeskate, Dance, Artistic & Figures (Skills). Within her 10 year experience as a Skating Director,  she has directed, choreographed and produced many successful ice shows and maintained club spirit through various training and creative events. As a competitive skater, she trained under Faye Marshall and the late Dr. Hellmut May and mentored with many National level coaches throughout her skating career.

Guest Coaches

Currently Closed

Request for Coaching Privileges and Letter of Expectation

The Vancouver Skating Club has been “closed” to non-Club coaching professionals since 2005, but has extended Guest Coaching privileges on a case by case basis, as approved annually by its Board of Directors.

All non-club coaches must now apply to the Vancouver Skating Club Board of Directors for permission to coach on our sessions. Please complete the attached “Request for Coaching Privileges & Letter of Expectation”. Click the link below to download the form. Click the link below to download the form.

Thank you, VSC Board of Directors



Facilities are located in Vancouver and North Vancouver and used differently through different seasons.

PNE Agrodome (Dome)

Pacific National Exhibition grounds, 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

Ice Sports North Shore (ISNS)

2411 Mount Seymour Parkway, North Vancouver, BC

Karen Magnussen Recreational Centre (KM)

2300 Kirkstone Rd, North Vancouver, BC

Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre

123 East 23rd Street, North Vancouver, BC

Awards + Recognitions

Congratulations to our current members and alumni!

Training Children to Champions

Since 1934

2019 Canadian Championships

Shane Firus with Carolane Soucisse, Senior Ice Dance – Bronze

2019 US Classic

Shane Firus with Carolane Soucisse, Senior Ice Dance – 3rd

2019 Autumn Classic

Shane Firus with Carolane Soucisse, Senior Ice Dance – 3rd

2017-18 US Classic + Warsaw Cup

Liam Firus, Senior Men – 3rd

2016 Triglav Trophy

Liam Firus, Senior Men – 1st

2016 Canadian Championships

Liam Firus, Senior Men – Silver

Alexander Lawrence, Junior Men – 9th

2015 Broadmoor Jump Event

Liam Firus, Senior Men – 1st

2014 Canadian Championships

Liam Firus, Senior Men – Bronze

Alexander Lawrence, Novice Men – 4th



2013 Canadian Championships

Liam Firus, Senior Men –5th

Caelen Dalmer & Shane Firus Junior Dance –Bronze Medal

Alexander Lawrence
Novice Men –6th

2012 – 2013 ISU Senior Grand Prix, Winsor, ON

Liam Firus –10th

 2012 – 2013 Junior Grand Prix, Bled, Slovenia

Caelen Dalmer & Shane Firus-6th

2012–2013 Senior US International Figure Skating Classic, Salt Lake City, Utah

Liam Firus– 8th


Gold Achievements



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Awards + Recognitions

Congratulations to our current members and alumni!

Vancouver Skating Club Board

The VSC Board of Directors is made up entirely of volunteers elected by members of the Club at the Annual General Meeting held at the end of the skating year. The responsibility of the Board of Directors is to ensure that the club programs function effectively and safely, in a financially sound manner, in order to fulfill the Club mandate.

The Board will endeavour to address matters brought forward in a timely manner. Issues or concerns may be brought to the Board’s attention through a formal letter to the Board either in writing or via email sent to the Vancouver Skating Club’s mailing address or email address.

The VSC Board of Directors positions are as follows:

Executive Board Members:

o   President: Claire Ferrier     president@vancouverskatingclub.ca

o   Treasurer | Program Pricing: Allison Mick

o   Secretary: Tana Bullock

o Fundraising and Marketing: Alisa Cusano 

0 Past President: Clare Dean  


Members at Large:  Alisa Cusano, Angel Chok, Leila Mehat

Non Board Positions

Test Chair: Clare Dean

Volunteer Coordinator: Alisa Cusano

Club Administrator: Penny Reid

–   Competitive/STAR & Group Registrar

–  Treasurer Assistant

–  Administration Support – Board, Coaches & Members

–  Web Liaison