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Thedford Skating Club teaches fundamentals to local youth

Thedford Skating Club teaches fundamentals to local youth
Courtesy: Danielle Earl

THEDFORD, Ontario — The Thedford Skating Club was founded in 1980 by community members who wanted to start a learn-to-skate program for the youth in the area. In 1986 the club became affiliated with Skate Canada and was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. Since then, the club has grown with programs including CanSkate, which is Skate Canada’s flagship learn-to-skate program. This program is for beginners of any age and teaches fundamental movements, basic skills, and opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop figure skating skills, free skate, ice dance, artistic, and synchronized skating. It also includes CanPowerSkate, which focuses on skating technique through balance, control, and agility, to enhance the skating ability of hockey and ringette players. All programs are taught by professional coaches who are certified through the National Coaching Certification Program.

Courtesy: Danielle Earl

TSC is run by a group of board members who volunteer their time throughout the entire year toward fundraising and volunteering opportunities. The goal is to keep registration fees affordable for all families, and for those who still struggle, they are linked with the Canadian Tire Jump Start program.

Courtesy: Danielle Earl

The 2022/2023 season is off to a great start with 60 members and runs from the beginning of October until the end of March. The club’s annual skating carnival in March draws over 300 people to watch the accomplishments of the various skaters. TSC is also striving to be the first skating club in Lambton County to be in the Skate Ontario CanSkate Excellence Club. Exceeding the standards of its grassroots program in the country is something they are very proud of and hope to achieve by the end of this season.

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