Mary Anne & Valerié PSA President’s Award of Excellence

CFSC coaches Mary Anne & Valerié have won the PSA President’s Award of Excellence for the Eastern Great Lakes Region. Please congratulate them next time you see them! We are proud to have so many dedicated and hard working individuals in our club, both as skaters and coaches.

About this award: The President’s Award of Excellence recognizes exceptional grassroots coaches, in all disciplines, for their positive contributions to the sport of figure skating.  One coach from each region will be selected to receive this prestigious awardAll nominees must be a PSA Member and have had one or more skaters competing at the Basic Skills – Novice levels, in any discipline.  This includes non-qualifying and regional events, both US Figure Skating and ISI.  This encompasses all disciplines including Freeskate, MIF, Dance, Pairs, Synchro, Choreographers, TOI, Figures, and Basic Skills.

Sarah Jilbert Gold Dance Judge

Sarah Jilbert has received her Gold Dance Judge test appointment.  She is now the fourth Gold Dance Judge in CFSC!  There are only four other Gold Dance Judges in the 27 other clubs in Ohio!!  Sarah passed her Gold Dance tests when skating actively in Strongsville Ohio.  Her appointment was based on her accuracy as a trial judge for tests in Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh in addition to Columbus. She also passed a national written exam. Her application for the appointment was strongly recommended and supported by six Gold Dance judges who indicated that she is knowledgeable, conscientious, eager to learn and considerate of others. Sarah is also a Gold Free Skate and Gold MIF judge. Her activity and dedication to figure skating will be of considerable benefit to the coaches and skaters of CFSC.  

Congrats 2020 Seniors!

Although their senior year experiences may not look or feel anything like they imagined, the 2020 Columbus FSC graduating class is finishing strong.

Our Junior Rep, Celine, is creating a spotlight feature about the club’s seniors class members. Click the Instagram icon to view Celine’s clever, thoughtful posts about our graduation class.

On behalf of the Columbus FSC, we wish you good luck and the best of everything.

Spring Ice at OSU is cancelled

Earlier today, the Ohio State University administration closed the university to all nonessential events until April 20 due to the threat of the COVID-19 virus.  Sadly, this includes ice rental to all parties, including the Columbus FSC.

The remainder of the Spring session is cancelled effective immediately. Contracted skaters will receive credit punch cards for the remaining contracted sessions unless a cash refund is requested to the Ice Chair.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Ice Chair Tiffany advises everyone to wash their hands and avoid touching their faces.
Be well.

National Solo Dance

Solo dance is an opportunity for skaters to ice dance on their own without a partner and is open to skaters of all ages and ice dance levels, from preliminary to gold and international. Solo dance events – both pattern and free dances – are available at nonqualifying competitions across the country. Solo dance events include:
    – Solo Pattern Dance
– Shadow Dance (two skaters skate a pattern dance side by side)
– Combined Dance (one solo pattern dance and one solo free dance)

The National Solo Dance Championship started as a pilot project in September 2009, and the Solo Dance Competition Series kicked off in January 2011. The top skaters from each section who have participated in at least two Solo Dance Series Competitions are invited to compete at the National Final. 

Solo Dance program was designed to be a fun, nationwide, competitive program. The solo dance series allows skaters to expand their competitive opportunities and encourages those new to ice dancing to give it a try. Each year skaters register for the series online before April 1, 2020.

The 2020 Solo Dance Series runs from March to August and ends with the National Solo Dance Final, September 10-13, 2020, which will be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Several competitions in our area have been selected to be part of the solo dance series – the Ann Arbor Springtime Invitational, the Traverse City Cherry Classic, the Kathy Slack Troy Summer Competition, and Adrian College’s Last Chance for Solo Dance on August 7-9. 

Solo dance offers athletes an exciting and competitive environment to participate and grow their ice dance skills without having to compete or train with a partner. Skaters can compete in the National Solo Dance Series, with the top finishers from each level earning the opportunity to compete at the National Solo Dance Final.

If you are interested in Solo Dance, visit the U.S. Figure Skating Solo Dance page. Registration to compete in the series for 2020 (with the approval of your coach) must be done by April 1, 2020; registration cost is $30.00. 

The photo shows CFSC member Kamryn Keller who qualified for Solo Dance Nationals in 2018 for the Junior Combined Event. 

Junior Member Voting

Attention Junior Members!!!

Have you voted yet?

No?????  Be sure to get your vote in by March 11th.

Yes????   Access the improved site and cast your vote again. We apologize for the inconvenience, but know you will like the upgrades. (Please note: No vote submitted on GoogleForm will count. Only votes at the links below will be tallied.)

Get full access to the new voting site:  Click here or point your camera to the QR Code 

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Contact the your Junior Representative Celine or Columbus FSC Vice-president, if you have questions. 
Remember to vote for your 2020-2021 Junior Representative by Midnight, March 11th.  

Mark Your Calendars: March 3rd Skate Swap

Join us Tuesday, March 3rd at Easton Chiller in the Party Room from 5:45pm to 7:45pm!

Looking for Treasures? Skate Swaps are a terrific place to find previously loved skating apparel and equipment priced much below new items. If you have a skater entered in the April 26th Chiller Spring Competition, this skate swap is a great opportunity to check out available competition dresses and practice wear. Plus, you’ll likely find some high end dresses and skates for sale, too. Skaters looking at dresses and other apparel may try them on.

Have Items to Sell?
– There is no charge for putting items in the sale.
– Mark each items with a price tag that includes your name or initials.
– Write down all the items you are selling on a sheet of paper and put it in an envelope. (If only a few items, write them on the envelope.)
– Write your name and contact number on the outside of the envelope.
– Sellers are responsible for bringing their items to the sale and picking them up promptly at 7:45pm.

This skate swap is generously organized by Columbus FSC Pro Rep, Jennifer Tieche with assistance from CFSC Secretary, Michele Stelzer, and Skate It Forward.
A Skate It Forward bake sale going will be going on at the same time as the skate swap. Yum!

Hiser Recognized for 25 Years of Service

Long-time club member, Mary Hiser, was recognized in the January 2020 issue of Skating Magazine for receiving her 25 year pin for judging at the Governing Council of USFS last May.  

Mary started skating as an adult at 29, passing preliminary figure, preliminary free skate, adult bronze free skate, and bronze dance tests. She credits her interest in judging to Bob and Marcia Ouellette, who encouraged her to start trial judging and have supported her through the years.

​Mary is a National Singles and Pairs Judge (achieved in 2010) and a National Showcase Judge (2012).  She is also a Gold Free Skate/MIF test judge and a Silver Dance test judge.  ​​

Her favorite judging experiences to date are judging at the 2016 U.S. Championships in St. Paul Minnesota and the 2017 Nations Cup International Theatre On Ice competitions. She also competed in the first-ever Adult Championships and went on to compete in three more and serve as an official for four.​​

She presently serves U.S. Figure Skating as the Vice-Chair, Theatrical Skating, and on the Judges Management Subcommittee. For CFSC, she served as President from 1992-94 and has also been Test Chair, Membership Chair, and Publicity Chair.  She has also served as a referee and judge for many CFSC Holiday Season Competitions.

We join USFS in recognizing Mary for her tireless efforts!

When you see Mary at events, please take a moment to thank her for her contributions to CFSC and the entire skating community!

Contents contributed by club member,
Dr. Robert Ouellette