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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

Passion
Sport for Life
Inspire Excellence
Respect Diversity
Integrity

 

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 Recreation Coach

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 was 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 30 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

Coach

Rod has been coaching since 1993 and is Level 3 certified. He teaches dance, singles and skills from preliminary to gold level. He also does choreography and works with skaters in the harness. Over the years Rod’s skaters have gone to both Junior and Senior Canadian Championships.

Rita Gorse (Chalubinska)

Coach

Rita has been coaching and choreographing since 2009 in several skating clubs in the Vancouver area.

She has a strong competitive and professional background. Rita represented the Polish National team for seven years. She was twice a Junior Champion, a Senior Bronze Medalist and competed at the Grand Prix, World Junior Championships in singles and pairs. During her amateur career Rita was taught by one of the world’s best coaches – Elena Tchaikowskaya.

Devon Neuls

Coach

Devon is currently Provincial Coach trained, working towards certification. She has a solid background in Competitive figure skating as a National and International Competitor from Novice to Senior in singles and Junior in pairs. Having been coached by World and Olympic level coaches in Canada and the USA she has developed a keen interest in jump and spin technique completing many triple jumps in competitions and shows.

Guest Coaches

Closed for 2019/2020

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

REQUEST FORM

Facilities

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

SKATE CANADA GOLD LEVEL

SKATE CANADA GOLD LEVEL

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

LIST

 

VSC Skater

Freeskate

Dance

Skills

Interpretive

 PAIGE COOPER

 

 CAELEN DALMER

 EMILY DORLING

   

 

 ANNIKA ENG

 

 OLIVIA

JASIONOWSKA

   

 

LIAM FIRUS

     

SHANE FIRUS

   

PAYTON GALLAGHER

 

MADISON HEIDEMA

 

CHLOE HILL

TASHA

JOHANSEN-LANTHIER

 

KYURI KIM

   

 

 JULIA

GRETARSDOTTIR

 

ALEXANDER

LAWRENCE

 

 

ANNIE LE

 

 

LUIZA LIOI

   

 

CHARLOTTE

WILKINSON

   

 FUJIE

MAJZOUBI

     

 EMILY

MILLARD

 

 

 JULIA

MULLER

   

 

CARRIE BIRO

   

 ANNIKA NG

 

 

 KAYLA OXLAND

 

 

ZARA WARD

 

 KATRINA YOUNG

 

 

 SOPHIE SEPPANEN

 

   

TESS THOMPSON

 

 

Awards + Recognitions

Congratulations to our current members and alumni!
2019 - 2020

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: Clare Dean     president@vancouverskatingclub.ca

o   Treasurer | Program Pricing: Janice Sardari

o   Secretary: Claire Ferrier

o Fundraising and Marketing: Alisa Cusano + Rahel Thompson

 

Members at Large:  Bethann Wright, Alisa Cusano, Allison Mick, Rahel Thomson

Non Board Positions

Test Chair: Elaine Chong

Volunteer Coordinator: Bethann Wright

Club Administrator: Penny Reid

–   Competitive/STAR & Group Registrar

–  Treasurer Assistant

–  Administration Support – Board, Coaches & Members

–  Web Liaison