The Medicine Hat Skating Club is proud to be a not-for-profit, family-oriented skating club dedicated to the enjoyment, development and advancement of amateur skating through programs in CanSkate, CanPowerSkate, StarSkate and recreational skating. The Medicine Hat Skating Club provides instruction in accordance with the rules and policies of Skate Canada.
The Medicine Hat Skating Club has endeavored to provide the best training in the safest possible environment for skaters in all figure-skating disciplines, while encouraging hockey and ringette players by offering programs designed to define and develop the skills needed to participate in these sports.
In 1959, Mrs. Arlene Service called a meeting of parents and interested skaters in the old arena. As a result, the Medicine Hat Figure Skating Club was re-instituted with Doris Kapcala (Anderson) as President, Donna Crown as Secretary and Penny Rollefstad as Treasurer.
This proved to be a very interesting experience for the pro, Arlene Service, and one of the parents, Loren Arelis. Although they had no funds or ideas about costumes, the parents chipped together and with the help of local business donations, presented the first Carnival in 1961. The Carnival was humorously named the Crepe Paper Carnival, as most of the costumes were made from crepe paper. Interestingly enough the skaters performed to a packed house of some 3000 people.
The executive remained unchanged for the 1960-1961 season.
The first test day was held in 1961 with George Blunden, Gordon Barrett and Mrs. Campbell of Calgary serving as judges. The year 1969 witnessed the Club being registered with the Societies Act and has been ever since.
In 1971, the Club held its first annual Summer School attracting skaters from as far as Ontario, Quebec, and the United States.
In 1980, the Club participated in a skater exchange with Beloeil, Quebec. The guest skated in the Carnival and our skaters in theirs.
The Medicine Hat Figure Skating Club has successfully hosted many notable competitions such as Sub-Sectionals, Sectionals, Alberta Winter Games as well as many Club and interclub competitions, and shared hosting the Western Canadian Figure Skating Championships in 1995.
In 1996 the name was changed to the Medicine Hat Skating Club and the bylaws were updated to better reflect the current way of doing business.
From 46 skaters in 1959, today the club boasts a membership in excess of 200 skaters. The programs have expanded to include CanSkate, CanPowerSkate, Pre-Power, STARSkate, Adult Figure Skating and Adult Synchronized Skating.