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History

 

For over 60 years, the Collingwood Skating Club's Skate Canada certified coaches and programs have been encouraging the instruction, practice, enjoyment and advancement of our members in all aspects of skating.

The First Year

Organized May 8, 1951, The Collingwood Figure Skating Club was originally called the Collingwood Blue Mountain Figure Skating Club. Sponsored and proposed by the Collingwood Business & Professional Women's Club, the Club was established at a meeting in the Collingwood Chambers.

First Year

The first Club Executive was comprised of:

  • Bernard Brophy: President
  • Sadie Houghton: Vice President
  • William McDerment: Secretary
  • Ella Gulbronson: Treasurer
  • D. Harvie: Director
  • W.B. Mitchell: Director
  • Dr. D. H. McKay: Director
  • Wallace Piitz: Director
  • Mrs. Gordon McKay: Director

Note: conflict of interest required Houghton to step in as President and Gulbronson as Secretary-Treasurer

Timeline

  • : Club programming begins on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sunday afternoons in late November with instructor Ann Aubin.
  • : The club holds its first carnival; 60 skaters participate.
  • : The club holds its first testing Day; 49 tests are passed.
  • : Nancy Somerville is the first club member to compete outside the Collingwood area, first at the North Bay invitationals in the Spring and then the Central Ontario Sectionals in Toronto in the Fall.
  • : The club incorporates its constitution for the first time on June 17.
  • : Julie Clemence is the first club member to win a gold medal competing outside the Collingwood area. She wins the gold medal in Ladies Juvenile at the Great Lakes Winter Festival in London, Ontario.
  • : The club participates in the first area inter-club competition in Midland. Clubs from Barrie, Midland, Oriillia and Owen Sound also participated. A silver medal was Allain Stover, and bronze medals were awarded to Michael Koshilka, Penny Janoff, Beth Nigh, and Sandra Wilson.
  • : The club officially changes its name to the Collingwood Skating Club.
  • : The club celebrates its 60th season - its diamond anniversary.
  • : The club hosts a successful Huronia FunSkate Competition.