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Five reasons everyone should give figure skating a shot

A lot of kids want to hit the ice in the winter, and the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex is often a busy place during the cold months.

A lot of kids want to hit the ice in the winter, and the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex is often a busy place during the cold months. But for the truly dedicated skater, the Coquitlam Skating Club has programs that can help them develop and glide across the ice with ease all year round.

Figure skating is a well-respected competitive sport. So why don’t more boys do it? The answer seems to be: hockey.

There are well-known benefits to skating, of course, but figure skating has its own special rewards:

1.     Get fit. We at the Coquitlam Skating Club,  strive to have both boys and girls develop a love for figure skating and a desire to want to “Skate for Life”.

2.     Get Artistic.As well as a sport, figure skating allows athletes to develop their artistic side,  as movement to music is an integral part of the sport.

3.     Get Confident. Asfigure skating, for the most part,  is an individual, non contact sport, performance skills lead to building self confidence at an early age.

4.     Get Life Skills.  Activity, fitness, goal setting, performance, mentoring, friendship…… are just a few of the life skills developed through sport.

5.     Patrick Chan. Scott Moir. Tessa Virtue. Kaetlyn Osmond. There are so many amazing Canadian figure skaters, representing Canada at the Olympics and at competitions all around the world. Hockey has its stars, and figure skating does, too.

The Coquitlam Skating Club works at welcoming all young skaters, giving both boys and girls a chance to try figure skating and see if it’s a good fit for them, according to Yolanda Leggiadro, club Office Manager.

“I think the coaches are just really encouraging of the boys,” she says. “We are working at making our club fun and friendly and hopefully the kids feel like part of the “family” says Yolanda.

The Coquitlam Skating Club is located at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex at 633 Poirier St. For more information on the club’s programs and figure skating opportunities, contact them by email or check out their website.