CLUB HISTORY

Teaching the Community how to Skate for over  50 Years!

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The Port Coquitlam Skating Club  is a non-profit organization, run entirely by a volunteer board of directors, dedicated to the principals of enabling every person in the city of Port Coquitlam the ability to participate in skating throughout their lifetime for Fun, Fitness and/or Achievement.  The Port Coquitlam Skating Club (also known as the POCO Skating Club) began in 1969, and officially received its Skate Canada sanction at the 1970 Annual General Meeting. 

 

Over the past 50 years, the club has hosted many skating competitions such as the Fraser Valley Zone Championships, the British Columbia/Yukon Section Precision Championships, and the British Columbia Coast Region Championships, as well as produced over 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 Skate Canada Challenge, and Canadian Nationals in Senior Women’s Freeskate, and Juvenile Men’s Freeskate; as well as the British Columbia/Yukon Sectional Championships in Freeskate, and Ice Dance. Many of these talented skaters went on to become professional skating coaches, and/or 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 (plus) years of volunteer service. 

 

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.

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Who is Skate Canada?

A not-for-profit organization, Skate Canada is the oldest and largest figure skating organization in the world and is recognized by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) as the governing body for the sport of figure skating in Canada.

As the largest learn-to-skate teaching organization in Canada, we are dedicated to creating a nation of skaters both recreationally and competitively.

SKATE CANADA

  • is designated by the ISU (International Skating Union) as the official sanctioning body of figure skating in Canada and oversees the rules and standards of the sport at the development, national and international levels of competition within Canada.

  • is the largest skating instruction organization in Canada. Each year, our CANSkate learn-to-skate and skill-development programs help more than 130,000 skaters hone their on-ice skills. Those skills can be applied to figure, hockey, ringette or speed skating, or to enjoy gliding on a frozen pond.

  • is comprised of 10 regional sections that are made up of over 1,100 skating clubs and schools.

  • has over 5,800 member coaches who are National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) qualified, and actively coaching all levels of long term athlete development.

  • owns and produces top-level skating competitions including: Skate Canada International, Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships, Skate Canada Challenge, Autumn Classic International and Skate Canada Adult Championships.

  • provides performance and financial support to Canada’s Junior and Senior National Figure Skating Team athletes.

  • has a registered membership of over 180,000.

  • is supported by over 10,000 volunteers across our clubs and sections.

  • qualifies and appoints judges, referees and other officials in the sport of figure skating.

  • has two Skating and Performance Centres (Toronto, Montreal) that focus on:

    • Training and instruction for skaters and coaches.

    • Coach business and management development.

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