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Our History

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 22, 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 a passion for figure skating, became the Club's first President and involved his family right from the beginning. His wife played the 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 General 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 that have represented the former Western Ontario Section and now Skate 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.

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