Sungod Skating Club program assistant, Pareena Sidhu, gathers for a photo with skaters Mariah Dacres, left, Sayler Bencze and Alson Chang. The club helps skaters at various levels learn important skills, whether they’re competing or skating for their own enjoyment. Nikki Scott Photography

Skating swiftly: Your child’s dedication can yield rewards in Delta

No matter where your young skater is at, there’s a spot for them in the Sungod Skating Club

Whether your child has a competitive spirit or simply wants to learn to figure skate at their own pace for self-enjoyment, the opportunity is available for them in Delta with the Sungod Skating Club.

Sayler Bencze is just six, but is already skating in the club’s Pre-Stars group (age 8-under) after spending one season with its Junior Star Academy (age 4-7). She has the temperament and the willingness to learn that coaches look for in beginning figure skaters.

“When I’m on the ice I like to try and be the fastest,” says Sayler, whose mom, Melissa describes her as “fearless” for the way she attacks the learning of new skills in this demanding sport. Sayler was thrilled to earn a silver medal in a JSA club competition last spring, which helped motivate her to want to take the next step.

The young skater, usually found at the rink in her favourite pink leopard skirt and matching pink jacket, took part in an Olympic Challenge club competition recently. Teamed with older skaters, she helped Team France win the bronze medal. “It was the most fun ever,” says Sayler, who proudly Face-Timed her grandparents in Mexico to show them her medal.

Two options for your young skater

Kevin Bursey, director of programs for the Sungod Skating Club, says regardless where your child falls on the competitiveness scale, there’s a place for them in the club.

“The nice thing about our club is we offer two pathways,” he says.

“We have our talent identification for young skaters between four and seven, where we look for potential characteristics in their physical abilities as well as their intellect towards learning, focusing and listening to instructions. We test their anxiety management out on the ice as well – the child has to be someone that doesn’t have a high anxiety toward falling.

“And we have the Starskate Academy for skaters wishing to work at a less intensive pace, but have a real love for being out on the ice and wish to pursue the sport of figure skating to whatever their potential may be. The beauty of it is, no matter what level you’re at, we’ve got a program for you.”

What’s the next step?

With Skate Canada’s CanSkate program giving young children a good grounding in the basics, Junior Star Academy is the next logical step to start learning the basics of figure skating technique. Skaters learn the foundations for turning and jumping, and work on the co-ordination needed for their introduction to figure skating.

JSA also includes such activities as theatre on ice, doing artistic figures, playing on-ice games and earning prizes. The fun and enthusiastic atmosphere allows your kids to learn the basic skills of figure skating at a young age.

Spring sessions starting soon

If you’d like to get your child involved in spring skating sessions in Delta, go online here to register, or for more information email

You can also follow the club on Facebook.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Former Surrey Eagle home from ‘quiet, empty’ Italy after hockey season cancelled

Delta-born Anthony Bardaro has spent last three seasons playing professionally in Europe

Delta council passes bylaw to fine people who don’t socially distance, respect closures

Not social distancing or obeying provincial orders in Delta could set you back hundreds of dollars

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

‘In moments of crisis, fear is very real and palpable,’ says SFU’s Peter Chow-White

OBITUARY: Sherrold Haddad brought giant Canadian flag to Surrey car dealership, built community

‘An amazing man, business person and community leader,’ friend Bruce Hayne posted to Facebook

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock, Delta and beyond

MARCH 28: Delta council passes bylaw to fine people who don’t socially distance

Evening world update: U.S. restrictions extended 30 days; NY deaths near 1,000

Comprehensive world update, with the latest developments in the COVID-19 crisis

‘It’s up to us: Recently-returned B.C. couple urges Canadians to take COVID-19 seriously

Garrett Kucher and Tory Apostoliuk make it home after almost a week of lockdown in Spain

‘Nothing concrete’: Tenants, landlords lack details after B.C. unveils COVID-19 rental aid

Single mom in Golden says she’s already going to the food bank after being laid off

Canada will make sure masks sent by China meet quality standards: Trudeau

Chinese Embassy tweeted that China was sending 30,000 medical masks along with gowns, gloves and goggles

B.C. issues guidelines about distancing, reusable bags to grocery stores amid COVID-19

Hand sanitizer and markers to keep lines two metres are apart are needed, province says

No plans to call in military right now to enforce COVID-19 quarantine: Trudeau

Trudeau unveils $7.5M for Kids Help Phone, $9M for vulnerable seniors amid COVID-19

QUIZ: How much do you know about the Olympics?

Put your knowledge to the test with these 12 questions

B.C. announces $3M for food banks to increase capacity during COVID-19

It is not clear how much of the money will flow towards Greater Victoria food banks

Most Read