The Port Coquitlam Figure Skating Club, a non-profit organization run entirely by a board of volunteers, began in 1969 and officially received its C.F.S.A. sanction at the 1970 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Figure Skating Association, now known as Skate Canada. The Club members were coached by freelance professionals from neighboring clubs until 1973, when the PoCo Figure Skating Club hired its first Professional Coach – Judy Towers.
Over the years, the club has hosted skating competitions such as the Fraser Valley Zone Championships, BC Section Precision Championships and the BC Coast Region Championships as well as produced a dozen ice shows to demonstrate its homegrown talent. The Port Coquitlam Figure Skating Club not only boasts a long line of Gold Level Test Achievers in Figures, Freeskate, Dance, Skating Skills & Interpretive but has had several accomplished competitors rise to the heights of Canadian Nationals in Sr. Women’s Freeskate, Juvenille Men’s Freeskate and the British Columbia Sections Championships in Ice Dance. Many of these talented skaters went on to skate in professional ice shows such as Disney on Ice and Ice Capades.
Several past club coaches, board members and officials who have moved up into the higher echelon of Skate Canada have been officially recognized for 25 years (plus) of volunteer service. In 2006, Ethel Beckingham, a former board member was recognized for nearly 30 years of service with the Port Coquitlam Figure Skating Club and honored with the Skate Canada Volunteer of Excellence Award.
In more recent history, the club has expanded its vision and demographic to contribute to the growing needs of fundamental skill development for the whole skating community. The club now offers different arrays of programs to assist in development for hockey, speed skating, synchro and other skating talents that can grow from the basic skills that our club provides.
Today, as in past years, our mission statement is:
“To provide an enjoyable and safe skating environment for the community; to promote fitness and a life-long interest in the sport of skating”.