Vancouver Skating Club – Our Story
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.
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.
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.
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.