by Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz, special to U.S. Figure Skating
Their home state hosted the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and the Capital Classics Figure Skating Association (CCFSA) could not be more excited to introduce the sport of figure skating to their hometown of Jefferson City, Missouri during this special year.
As a new U.S. Figure Skating Club, Capital Classics calls the Washington Park Ice Arena home, and they hope to feature many events and programs to enhance their sport.
“We are looking forward to our members being able to experience more competitions so they are able to grow as individuals and as a team,” club test chair and professional Rachel Brummer said. “The purpose of CCFSA is to help provide programming and events that are otherwise not offered in Central Missouri and to help expose our diverse community to the lifetime sport of ice skating.”
They are looking forward to expanding programs to include new summer programs in moves in the field and ice dancing.
“We have been a seasonal rink for over 50 years and have just been approved by our commission to stay open year round,” Brummer said. “We hope to beef up our U.S. Figure Skating programs.”
The first set of summer classes are currently under development.
“We hope to offer Learn to Skate classes to our local Boys and Girls Clubs, synchro classes, moves in the field, ice dancing and free skate classes. Our goal is to offer camps and clinics for skaters and coaches that have not been offered in previous years because of our seasonal shutdown,” Brummer said.
The club is also proud of its established synchro program and their four teams, Team Sensations (Tot Formations), Team Vibrant (Youth Formations), Team Radiance (Youth Skating Team) and Team Intensity (Teen Skating Team). This season, Team Intensity skated open juvenile and Team Radiance skated pre juvenile.
Twenty one professionals make up the Capital Classics coaching staff.
“All of our staff teaches the Learn to Skate classes and seven also coach the four synchronized skating teams of varying ages and levels,” Brummer said. “We have two coaches who are CER B and two who are CER A as well as members of PSA. We hope to transition more of our staff into U.S. Figure Skating and the Professional Skaters Association as well.”
The club spent a lot of time introducing their club and programs to the local community, including the Fire and Ice event which was held in early January.
“A festive public session with show lights, games and prizes,” Brummer said.
They also promoted National Skating Month at the event by handing out items to help encourage skaters to join their program.
Most of all they want to let the community know they are present and offering the fun sport of skating for those interested.
“We are currently trying to bring awareness up at our rink about this sport and what it takes to be a competitor,” Brummer said.