August 16, 2021 - Skating Club Exceeds Excellence Standard


August 16, 2021

Local Skating Club recognized for Excellence

KW Skating Club achieves CanSkate Excellence provincial designation for Learn to Skate programming

Learn to Skate with Nationally Accredited Skating Club Curriculum

Kitchener and Waterloo — August 16, 2021  Kitchener Waterloo Skating Club is pleased to announce it has been recognized by Skate Ontario as exceeding the requirements to be deemed a Skating Club that offers excellence in the delivery of the CanSkate program.  Approximately 30% of Skating Clubs (sanctioned by Skate Ontario) have achieved this quality standard. The CanSkate program teaches youth (and adults) to skate. We hope this is the beginning of a life- long love of ice sports. Many children go on to play hockey, ringette, figure skate, etc. Indeed KWSC has been the home skating club for several Olympic figure skaters.  But it all starts with learning to skate. KWSC’s national body, Skate Canada is recognized as having the best grassroots program in the country. CanSkate, Canada’s flagship learn-to-skate program, emphasizes teaching quality fundamental movements and basic skills.

“KWSC has always offered quality programming, however this designation is a celebration that Skate Ontario, our provincial sports organizations, recognize that our programs are the highest quality.” Says Debra Brown, the Club’s Executive Director.  KWSC has taught approximately 2000 individuals to skate over the past two years alone. KWSC typically operates over 60 programs across 7 locations in KW.  There are many CanSkate programs to choose from allowing for different skill levels, ages and locations.  The CanSkate program is a nationally developed and tested curriculum which is taught by professionally trained Coaches. The CanSkate program was created by Mrs. Carolyn Fedy who has been a part of KWSC since the 1960’s.  She is known as the “Mother of CanSkate in Canada”.

What Parent’s say about the program:

 “My daughter's skating abilities have come a long way in a short time over the past couple years.  She always works very hard, and her success also has much to do with the outstanding instructors at CanSkate who make it a positive learning process.  It's great exercise and plenty of fun, something she looks forward to every weekend.  Another thing worth mentioning, is how well CanSkate has handled everything during this pandemic, and it's comforting to know my child will be in a safe environment again this Fall.”

Randy Keighan

My daughter began lessons in the CanSkate program at the KWSC in January 2020.  We are extremely pleased at the level of attention and encouragement she received and continues to receive from her coaches on the ice.  The fundamentals that are taught in the CanSkate programs create a solid base for all skaters whether they continue in figure skating or hockey and we are excited to see our daughter continue to flourish with the programs offered through KWSC. 

Kimberly Crackel

Founded in 1938, the Kitchener Waterloo Skating Club is the largest skating club in Ontario. We offer a wide range of skating programs including Pre CanSkate, figure skating, synchronized skating and power skating. T

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