Minto Skating Club

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Minto Skating Club
Minto crest.png
Formation 1904 (1904)
Headquarters Minto Skating Centre
Bruce Mayo
Darryl VanLuven
  • Anne-Marie Bergeron
  • Eric Loucks
  • Gordon Forbes
  • Tara McDougall
  • Gail Anne Ellis
  • Katrina Millard-VanLuven
  • Kristina Badour (Ruzhynska)
  • Darryl VanLuven
  • Derek Schmidt
  • Joanne Hough
Remarks Colors: purple and yellow

The Minto Skating Club is a competitive figure skating club in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, founded in 1904. The Club is a member of the Skate Canada figure skating organization in Canada, and was a founder of the predecessor organization to Skate Canada, the "Figure Skating Department" of the Amateur Skating Association of Canada in 1914.[1]

Notable skaters who represented the club include Olympic and World champion Barbara Ann Scott and Olympic bronze medallist and World champion Don Jackson. Notable skaters include Melville Rogers, Lynn Nightingale, Kim Alletson, Gordon Forbes, and the dance teams of Isabelle Duchesnay / Paul Duchesnay and Chantal Lefebvre / Michel Brunet. Foreign Minister of Nazi Germany, Joachim von Ribbentrop, also competed for the club in 1914[2]


The club was founded in 1904. The club's patron was the then Governor-General of Canada, Lord Minto, or Earl, and the Countess of Minto. Membership was drawn from the Rideau Skating Club. Skating was first held at the Governor-General's residence, Rideau Hall and soon moved to the Rideau Skating Rink. Skating was also held at the Dey's Arena in Ottawa.[3]

In 1905, the first Canadian Skating Championships were held. Minto's Ormond B. Haycock is first Canadian men's champion, and together with Katherine Haycock won the Canadian pairs event.

In 1914, the club was a founding member of separate Figure Skating Department in Amateur Skating Association of Canada, located in Ottawa.[1] At the first "official" Canadian Championships, Minto's Muriel Maunsell was the ladies champion.

In 1922, the Club moved to a new Rideau Rink on Waller Avenue in Ottawa. The Club subsequently took over the rink and renamed it the Minto Rink.

In 1948, the Club produced its first World champion, Barbara Ann Scott. Scott also won the gold medal at the 1948 Winter Olympics.

In 1949, the Minto Rink was destroyed by fire, and the Club built a new rink on Henderson Avenue. This rink was sold to the University of Ottawa in 1959.

Don Jackson won the bronze medal for figure skating at the 1960 Winter Olympics, and went on to win the 1962 World Figure Skating Championships.

In 1986, the Club opened a new facility on Lancaster Road in Ottawa.

Notable skaters[edit]

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About Skate Canada: History". Skate Canada. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  2. ^ "Minto Nazi Competetor". Wikipedia. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Club History". Minto Skating Club. Archived from the original on 2008-01-10. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 

External links[edit]