Young athletes with the Sungod Skating Club in North Delta are excited to get started on the new competitive season. The club is sending its largest team ever to the provincial championships, happening in Kelowna in November. Photo by Jacqueline Chan

Strong foundation builds figure skating success at Sungod

Club welcomes new skaters, family members to open house Sept. 8 at Sungod Recreation Centre

They say success breeds success, and in North Delta, that saying certainly rings true when it comes to figure skating.

The Sungod Skating Club is preparing for the 2019-20 season and is sending its largest team ever to the provincial championships this November in Kelowna. That team includes young local athletes in competitive divisions from pre-juvenile up to senior women. If you popped your head into the arena at North Delta Recreation Centre this summer, you’d have found them hard at work, honing their skills for the coming season.

Their intensive seven weeks of training included three hours on the ice and another one to two hours of daily off-ice strength and conditioning work. While their current skills are formidable, Sungod Skating Club Director of Programs Kevin Bursey points out, a majority of them began their pathway in Sungod’s learn-to-skate program entitled Canskate.

“Our foundation stages are very solid, so children who become skilled at edge control and other technical aspects early on tend to excel as they move up the competitive ladder,” Bursey says. “It’s the same as building a house, creating a solid base at the beginning is important.”

Learn more at a Sept. 8 open house

Need skates or a helmet before your daughter or son embarks upon their skating adventure? Why not check out the club’s open house and swap meet, set for Sunday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at the arena? If your young skater is looking to test the ice on the day but doesn’t have equipment yet, they can stop by the rental shop for a helmet and skates.

Family members and friends are also invited by to check out the Canskate program and chat with any of the club’s six full-time or five part-time coaches. Remember, you’re never too old to learn how to skate!

Pick your day to try CanSkate

Registration for Sungod Skating Club’s fall/winter CanSkate and pre-CanSkate (for pre-schoolers aged 3 to 5) programs is on now. The 45-minute sessions in this nationally recognized learn-to-skate program happen Sundays (8:30, 9:15 and 10 a.m.) or Tuesdays (5:15 or 6 p.m.). You can create an account and register your child online here or sign up in person at the open house on Sept. 8.

It’s the year of the Ice Show!

Sungod Skating Club presents a spring ice show every second year, and every club member participates, from the youngest Canskaters to the most senior competitors. If your child is skating this season, they’ll get to perform for a supportive crowd next spring!

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