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Juvenile and Pre-Novice Synchro Team Try-Outs - Registration NOW OPEN!

Synchro Team Tryouts

The Beginner and/or Elementary team and Adult team are open to all who meet the age and skill criteria and will not have tryouts.

Tryouts are for Juvenile and Pre-Novice teams and will be held in early May on dedicated sessions not related to purchased programs. Dates will be announced by April 16th-  please check back here for more details. 

The teams will be decided by the coaches hired by the club to run those teams, and members will be announced by mid-May.

The Pre-Novice team will begin with practice once a week (7 sessions) in July and August. The Juvenile team will begin in September, however should the team desire, early June practices may also be added.

Juvenile and Pre-Novice team members will be required to provide a non-refundable deposit on registration fees by late May. Members will pay only the program registration to the club, and parents will meet in late May to determine a team budget for costumes, competitions, etc., and those additional team's fees will be paid to the team managers.
 

Click here to register for Try Outs!

 

February PA of the Month

February PA of the Month

Next Skate Sale - March 21st

Next Skate Sale - March 21st

New & Used skating Apparel + Used Skates

Wednesday March 21st

5:00pm to 8:00pm

The Skate Sale will take place inside the Carolyn Fedy Rink

We accept used skates and apparel on consignment during the sale. For more information, contact Sheri@SkateMagic.ca

Kitchener Waterloo Skating Club Wins Seven Medals in Figure Skating at the 2018 Ontario Winter Games in Orilla

The Kitchener Waterloo Skating Club had a successful weekend at the 2018 Ontario Winter Games taking home seven out of a possible twenty-one medals. The figure skating event took place at Rotary Place Arena in Orilla from March 2-4, 2018.

"The Ontario Winter Games were a wonderful experience for spectators and athletes alike. The town of Orillia was very welcoming. There were banners and messages to the athletes posted in many places around town. The opening ceremonies were a very special event with an athlete march, indigenous drumming, live music and an extensive fireworks show " said Michelle Brawley, parent of KWSC pair skater. 

With the Novice Pair Short Program on the Friday morning, KWSC skaters, Ripley/Brawley and Wilberforce/Wright started off strong taking the top two spots. They finished the competition on Saturday, where they secured gold (Ripley/Brawley) and silver (Wilberforce/Wright).

In Novice Dance, Strachan/Zhu took home the gold with 83.7 points, followed by LeDonne/Smal who received silver with 82.6 points.

Other medals included gold in Pre-Novice Dance, where Embro/Millar enhanced their reign as Pre-Novice Ice Dance Champions of Canada. Brown/Dotzert of KWSC placed seventh.

On Saturday evening, the Pre-Novice Men added two more medals to KWSC’s collection; with silver awarded to Millar and Bronz to Zhu.

The skating component of the games wrapped up with a lovely on ice medal ceremony.

KWSC Executive Director, Marie Pringle, would like to give 'a hearty congratulation to all the athletes who competed in the Ontario Winter Games, and would like to thank all KWSC skaters for their continued hard work, dedication and enthusiasm'.

Retirement Notice - KWSC Executive Director, Marie Pringle

Retirement Notice - KWSC Executive Director, Marie Pringle

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to announce the retirement of Marie Pringle, Executive Director. 

Over the past 8 years, Marie has led KWSC through many changes. The club has moved from a completely paper registration system to an online system across all our programs. The transition has streamlined our accounting systems, increased our real time reporting capacity, and eliminated long registration lines for registrants. Marie has also worked effectively with staff to realign our organizational structure to include a full-time Technical Director to better serve our membership. 

Lesley Germann was club president when Marie started at KWSC in 2010.  Lesley remembers, “Marie enthusiastically aligned herself with the Passion Lives Here and Skater First philosophies of the KWSC Board of Directors upon arriving at the club. She brought robust financial ideas forward in the pursuit of continued best practices of due diligence with our members fees.” 

Marie is particularly proud of our SchoolSkate program and Stars on Ice STARSkate Summer Camp. After three years of SchoolSkate, more than 3000 area Grade 1 students have enjoyed the opportunity to try skating. This was made possible by partnerships with Skate Canada, the Government of Ontario, Waterloo Region School Boards, the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, local service clubs, and business.  These partnerships and program could not have flourished without the steadfast committed efforts of Marie. The Stars on Ice STARSkate Camp is now a highly anticipated summer program entering its 8th year.  It is effectively aligned with Skate Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development pathway as a positive and enjoyable performance opportunity.

Dr. Paul Mallet was club President from 2013-2017.  He reflected, “Marie’s tireless efforts on the innovative SchoolSkate program has served to introduce skating to thousands of KW children who would otherwise have been denied an opportunity to fall in love with skating. This program now serves as a model for skating clubs across the country. I am also grateful for Marie's efforts on club finances, which saw the introduction of a zero-based budgeting approach and best practices in financial organizational management. Part of Marie's financial strategy involved renegotiating with our partners at the City of Waterloo the terms of our lease agreement for use of the Carolyn Fedy Skating Centre and the Athletic Centre. This has resulted in an agreement that permits more flexible scheduling and budgeting of our skaters' programs without compromising the needs of our community partners. These important behind-the-scenes contributions will have a lasting positive impact on the financial health and continued success of KWSC.

Marie will join her husband, Pat, in retirement. We wish them both happiness and good health in retirement.  Marie’s last day will be March 15, 2018.

Following Marie’s retirement the Board of Directors will conduct a search for an Executive Director for the organization.  It is anticipated that this process will require a few months.  In the interim, Rachel Kerswill, our Programs and Event Manager will assume the responsibilities of the Executive Director. Rachel started working at KWSC in January of 2017 as a Client Relations Coordinator.  After 10 months, she was promoted to Programs and Event Manager.  Throughout her employment she has learned quickly about both our sport and our community. Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and a post-graduate degree in Sport and Event Marketing from George Brown College. Rachel’s experiences prior to joining KWSC included Dragon Boat Races – Great White North Events; NFL Canada - Junior Operations for Southern Ontario university campuses;  Ontario Volleyball Association Member Services Coordinator focussing on Customer Services, Events Management, Pan Am Games volunteer recruitment, and Hall of Fame.  She has also volunteered her time to coach minor soccer while she was a student.  We thank Rachel for taking on the increased responsibilities during our search process.

Sincerely, 

Alison Sims, President

Technical Director Announcement - Please Welcome Pat te Boekhorst

Technical Director Announcement - Please Welcome Pat te Boekhorst

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Pat te Boekhorst will begin her new role as Technical Director with KWSC on April 2, 2018.

Pat has been a National figure skating coach with Skate Canada for over 30 years, primarily in a competitive role with her athletes.  The past 20+ years of her coaching were in management with over half of those as a Technical Director. She is familiar with KWSC having brought a group of competitive skaters here many years ago as a guest coach. Pat is also CanPower certified and trains elite hockey players.  She has spent the past two seasons training in an official’s role and has become certified as a Sectional Level Tech Specialist and was selected by Skate Ontario to be a Team Leader for the 2017-2018 season.  She has experience in the design and implementation of skating programs at the grassroots level that have been successful and flourished.  She aspires to bring her strong leadership skills to KWSC and foster an environment of unity, trust and success for the coaches, board and membership.

Welcome to the KWSC team, Pat!

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