Club Spotlight: Meet the New Clubs: Findlay Silver Blades
by Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz, special to U.S. Figure Skating
Findlay Silver Blades may be a new skating club, but they want everyone to know they have plenty of skating activities to offer. The club's home is the Huntington Bank Arena at the Cube, in Findlay, Ohio, and they offer Learn to Skate USA, power/edge classes, adult lessons and private lessons, according to club assistant treasurer Cassie Muzy.
"About half of our club membership also participates in synchronized skating," Muzy said.
Prior to this season the club was solely an ISI club for 42 years.
"While our skaters will still have the opportunity to compete ISI, we are excited that they will now have the ability to represent our club at all U.S. Figure Skating sanctioned events," Muzy said. "In the past, our skaters have had to represent other clubs for competitions and testing as they completed their moves in the field, ice dancing and freestyle tests."
The club even hopes to have a few skaters representing the new club at the Eastern Great Lake Regional Championships in October.
"We are thrilled that they will now be able to represent their community as they complete their ice skating goals," Muzy said.
They currently have 11 coaches on staff, several who were once young Findlay Silver Blades skaters, who went off to college and returned to coach.
"They have over 100 years of coaching experience combined in both U.S. Figure Skating and ISI," Muzy said. "Our coaches are excited about our club's transition to U.S. Figure Skating and the opportunities it will afford our skaters. We could not do it without our coaches' great dedication to our club, skaters and to this sport. Their hours of volunteerism to help promote skating in our community are just one of the many ways they give back to help make our club succeed."
The club also has a host of events lined up to promote their upcoming programs.
"We are thrilled to be offering a 'Bring a Buddy' day in September for our club skaters to introduce their friends to the exciting world of ice skating," Muzy said. "We will also be offering a free two week 'Try it out' session in late October/November. In addition we will be showcasing the talents of our club skaters in our annual holiday ice show in December."
Findlay is proud of their unique four week try out sessions, which they traditionally offer in the spring.
"We are currently looking into grant opportunities to expand this program in the future," Muzy said.
According to Muzy, their close-knit community is passionate about figure skating and they are very proud of their annual spring ice show.
"We take pride in putting on the only annual ice show in Northwest Ohio, Ice Classics," Muzy said. "Thanks to the countless hours of support from parents, coaches and local businesses, we look forward to continuing this tradition in March 2018."
Most of all they look forward to promoting figure skating throughout their club community.
"Our club is committed to teaching the fundamentals of skating while also building self confidence, team work, leadership skills and developing long lasting friendships," Muzy said.
Members of the Findlay Silver Blades Club pose during an annual ice show (Photos courtesy of Cassie Muzy)
The Findlay Silver Blades synchronized skating team: The Silver Streaks (Photos courtesy of Cassie Muzy)