The Smithers Figure Skating Club will host the Northwest Jamboree in November

Figure skating club laces up for season

Figure Skating Club is looking forward to hosting their first competition in almost a decade

The Smithers Figure Skating Club is looking forward to an exciting season with a new program and hosting their first competition in almost a decade.

The season kicked off last Monday and recreation programs start in October.

One of the biggest changes is that they’ve added a new 10-week PowerSkate program.

“It’s just geared mainly toward hockey, which is something new for us in the community, so we’re pretty excited about it,” said Tyler Dykens, head coach with the club.

There are two levels in the program: level one for hockey players of all ages currently in the minor hockey season that focuses on forward and backward strides, an introduction to crossovers in both directions and pivots.

The second level is open to pee wee, bantam and midget house players and will cover more advanced movements, such as first three-step quickness and lateral movements, and an emphasis on stride length and proper form.

In addition, the club will also continue to offer the StarSkate programs for figure skaters, which began on Sept. 15, and the CanSkate program for juniors, which will begin on Oct. 20.

Though registration has been slow so far, Dykens said with kids going back to school, it should increase their numbers.

“It always seems to be a little bit of a slow go, especially since kids [weren’t] in school yet people are a little bit out of routine and with no snow yet, people aren’t really thinking skating or hockey at this point,” she said.

Local skaters can also look forward to a fun regional competition, the first the figure skating club has hosted in almost 10 years.

The Northwest Jamboree is from Nov. 15-16 at the Smithers Civic Centre.

“It’s probably been close to 10 years since we hosted a competition, so we’re pretty excited about that and the second sheet of ice coming into play. We encourage people to come out and cheer on the skaters,”said Dykens, adding that the town will welcome skaters from as far away as Prince Rupert and Vanderhoof in the competition.

“I enjoy seeing kids stay active and encourage them to keep active and progress as people,” she said, adding that they will also host the annual carnival in March.

“We’ve got a lot of new faces in the pre-junior program this year which is geared toward figure skating,” she said, noting that they have anywhere from 65 to 130 people who join the club annually.

The PowerSkate program will begin on Oct. 14.

For more information or to register, visit www.smithersfigure or email



Just Posted

CT scanner expected to be up and running by end of June

When tragedy strikes and internal injuries are expected, 30 minutes can make all the difference

Gas prices steady in Smithers

Industry analyst says local retailers not making money, pain yet to come

Verdict scheduled in Giesbrecht murder trial

B.C. Supreme Court justice will render his decision May 24

Woodstove exchange program continues

Smithers residents eligible for up to $1,900 to upgrade to eco-friendlier technology

Gas prices spike in northern B.C. ahead of the long weekend

Fuel went up 17 cents overnight in Prince Rupert

It was no Kentucky Derby: B.C. girls host foot-long snail race

Two Grade 3 students in White Rock put four snails to the test in a hotly-contested street race

Westjet tries again to dismiss proposed class-action lawsuit alleging discrimination

Former flight attendant claims airline broke contractual promise to create harassment-free workplace

Man airlifted to hospital after apparent hunting incident in East Kootenay

The man was in stable condition when he was flown out of Fairmont Hot Springs to a Calgary hospital

Police pursue pesky porker on Vancouver Island

‘This was allegedly not the pig’s first escape’

Police probe eight fires set at B.C. elementary school

Nanaimo RCMP say fires appear to have been set intentionally

Undercover cops don’t need warrant to email, text suspected child lurers: court

High court decision came Thursday in the case of Sean Patrick Mills of Newfoundland

Whitecaps fans stage walkout over club’s response to allegations against B.C. coach

Soccer coach has been suspended by Coastal FC since February

Three climbers presumed dead after avalanche in Banff National Park

One of the men is American and the other two are from Europe, according to officials

VIDEO: Trump tried to seize control of Mueller probe, report says

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday

Most Read