Club History

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On December 9,1967 an interested group of parents founded the Niagara
District Skating Club.  The club was formed in order to give children and
adults in the area an opportunity to advance their skating by learning the art
of Figure Skating.  The Club began in connection with the opening of the
New Niagara District Centennial arena in Virgil.  The first skating day was
March 29, 1967 and over 70 skaters were registered and began the tradition
that continues to this day.

On October 30, 1968 the Niagara District Figure Skating Club was granted
club membership in the Canadian Figure Skating Association. This allowed
the Club to hold test days and sanctioned carnivals.  Mr Frank Mandeville, a
local high school teacher with  passion for figure skating, became the Club's
first President and involved his family right from the beginning.  His wife
played music and his son helped coach the younger skaters.  On January 1,
1979 the Club was incorporated and the name was changed to the
Niagara-on-the-Lake Figure Skating Club.  On April 19, 2001 at the Annual
Board meeting the name again changed to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Skating
Club.

Over the years, the Club has gone through many changes.  Without the
amazingly dedicated volunteers and coaches, our Club would not be the
success it is today.  The skaters themselves dedicate many hours helping
our Pre-School and CanSkate children.  We  have had many successful
skaters over the years and have represented the Western Ontario Section at
the Provincial Level and National Level.   Many of our skaters have proudly
represented the Club in Invitational Competitions as well.  A significant
number of our skaters have also achieved  their Gold and Diamond test
levels.

One of our greatest achievements as a Club is our dedicated coaches,
board members, volunteers and parents.  Their love of the sport and
commitment have made the club the success it is today. Most importantly,
skaters young and young-at-heart are encouraged to have fun and do their
best.