Hope and District Figure Skating Club skating pro Michelle Inancsi enjoys a spill on the ice with a couple of her young Canskate students last Thursday.

Figure skating club seeks new members

Hope & District Figure Skating Club depends on high registration numbers to maintain ice times

Two or three weeks from now, when the autumn weather has taken over in a serious way, a boatload of people will slip out of summer mode and realize that things have changed. They should have registered their kids in hockey, soccer or figure skating and it may be too late.

If this describes you, let’s get on with it. People are depending on solid numbers so they can offer programs and your kids may be just the ones to help fill up some spots.

Michelle Inancsi, skating pro for the Hope & District Figure Skating Club said on Monday, “If you’re going to register, please do it sooner than later, so we can maintain our ice times.”

If the numbers aren’t there, unused figure skating ice times could be given over to public skating or hockey users.

“Right now, we have about 25 to 30 skaters, which is pretty good for our first week — but we definitely have room for more people,” said Inancsi.

“Canskate is always our biggest group. We currently have 15 but there’s still lots of room.”

The Canskaters hit the ice — sometimes quite literally — from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Junior skaters Sarah Steberl, Sarah Isbister and Baylie Pellegrino have their lessons before that, then stick around to help with the younger skaters.

“Those junior coaches,” said Inancsi. “I couldn’t run the program without their help.”

Armed with water-based felt pens, Inancsi and her helpers draw pictures or instructions on the ice, to give visual cues to their students.

“We’ll have circuits, with skills to practice at each site,” explained the coach. “On one, they get to practice scraping the ice sideways, to erase the pictures. They like that and it helps them practice the stopping motion.

“We’ll also draw animals, such as spiders and get the kids to ‘stop on the spider’ or ‘jump on the spider,’” said Inancsi.

Bean bags and hula hoops are used for fun games that motivate the young skaters.

“We have the kids skate while balancing the bean bags on their heads and we use them in relay races,” said Inancsi. “We also get them to skate around and pick up bean bags and throw them into hoops or other targets.

“They’re practicing stopping and bending down, then speeding up again — and they don’t even realize they’re skating,” laughed Inancsi. “It’s great for reluctant skaters.”

The club’s inaugural year was 1976, so this year’s carnival will have the theme of “Groovin’ Through the Decades,” with routines based on popular music from that 35-year span.

Coach Inancsi is also trained in power skating instruction and the club is offering Monday sessions for skaters who want to improve their hockey skills or general skating ability.

“It would be ten sessions, with the last one being for evaluation on a timed course,” explained Inancsi. “Depending on their scores, they are awarded badges from the Can Powerskate program.

“We’re hoping we’ll have enough to run two groups: the beginners from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. and the more advanced skaters from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.,” said Inancsi.

“Power skating goes through the basics of skating,” she explained. “It improves your stride, your edge work, turns, stopping and backwards skating.

“It all depends on registration, though.”

Inancsi was very appreciative of the executive, led by president Sheilagh Tepasse, which she said is a very easy group to work with. “They handle the administrative part of it, which saves me a lot of time,” said Inancsi.

Registrar Lindsay Druet said the annual registration fees run from $305 for the Preschool noon-hour group, up through the Junior Academy at $475. Power skating is $210 for the ten sessions.

To help family budgets, the club will accept a series of post-dated cheques.

“There’s also a sponsorship through Kidsport Canada, for families that can’t afford to put their kids in to sports,” said Druet. “We have a form for them to fill out.”

Druet can be reached at 604-869-3237.

 

 

Just Posted

Waterworks situation on table at Hope District meeting

Council to make decision on 753 Waterworks transfer tonight

Rail group to bring plan to Abbotsford council

Group is calling for plans to run trains on rail line between Chilliwack and Surrey

Construction project in Hope means bus diversion starting today

Bus riders will have to flag down driver for Route 22

Question Answers with Fraser-Cascade 2019 byelection candidates

Seven candidates have stepped forward for this year’s sudden byelection—learn about them here

Sunshine Valley teens burning with promise

Possibly the youngest in B.C., Sunshine Valley trains 15- and 16-year-old firefighters

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

Hazmat incident closes down Lower Mainland street

One person is believed to be dead, police said

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Latest plan is to fly trapped fish by helicopter over Big Bar slide

Multi-pronged plan set in motion to freesalmon blocked by landslide in the Fraser River

Family of missing B.C. senior with dementia frustrated with situation, heartened by community support

Nine days since Grace was last seen the question remains: ‘How can an 86-year-old just disappear?’

Unsealed record suggests U.S. man convicted of murdering Vancouver Island couple left DNA on zip tie in 1987

William Talbott is set to be sentenced Wednesday in the murders of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg

Okanagan Air Cadet challenges gender-exclusive haircut policy

Haircut regulation inspires challenge around gender identity

Pride flags stolen from Lower Mainland church

Went missing sometime Friday night, says Maple Ridge reverend

25 new wheelchair-accessible cabins open at Cultus Lake Provincial Park

Maple Bay Campground is now home to 25 new wheelchair friendly cabins, a first for BC Parks

Most Read