Teaching the Community how to Skate for over 50 Years!
The Port Coquitlam 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 Skating Club hired its first Professional Coach – Judy Towers.
Over the past 50 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 Skating Club not only boasts a long line of Gold Level Test Achievers in Freeskate, Dance, Skating Skills, and Interpretive/Artistic, but has had several accomplished competitors rise to the heights of Canadian Nationals in Senior 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 and current club board members, officials, and coaches have moved up into the higher echelon of Skate Canada, having 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 honoured with the Skate Canada Volunteer of Excellence Award.
In more recent years, 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 offers an array of different programs that assist in the development of various skating sports: competitive figure skating, hockey, ringette, speed skating, recreational skating, and other skating talents that can grow from the basic skills that our skating club provides.
Today, as in past years, our mission statement remains:
To provide an enjoyable, and safe skating environment for the community;
that promotes fitness, and a life-long interest in the sport of skating.