Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club
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The Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club is a private sport and social club located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Club offers a variety of sporting and social programs including aquatics, cricket, croquet, curling, fitness classes, lawn bowling, figure skating, squash and tennis. The Club also provides additional services including daycare, children's camps, health services, and social events for adults and children.
The history of Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club dates back to 1827, when the Toronto Cricket Club was founded. The Toronto Curling Club was organized in 1836 and the Toronto Skating Club sometime in the mid-eighteen hundreds. In 1957 these three clubs amalgamated into the athletic and social club it is today.
The merger was seen as beneficial for the memberships of all the clubs. The Toronto Cricket Club had struggled financially since the 1930s; the Toronto Skating Club had outgrown its premises on Dupont Street and both operated on a seasonal basis. By joining forces the new club could remain open all year-round.
After months of negotiations and careful planning by both clubs another proposal came forward. The Toronto – Victoria Curling and Bowling Club was looking for a new facility after the Club's property was expropriated by the expanding University of Toronto. On April 10, 1957, the membership voted unanimously to further the recent merge with the third club and call the new entity the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club.
Amalgamation was a bold step. With its success, a proud tradition of sporting excellence was not only maintained, it thrived. The Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club hosted such prestigious international events such as the North American Skating Championships, The Davis Cup and the Sahara Cup. Brier champions trained at the Club, as did renowned skaters like Barbara Ann Scott and Toller Cranston.
In the 60 years since amalgamation, the Club's membership has nearly doubled, and the regulations and facilities have evolved to meet the changing tastes of each generation. What hasn't changed is the original vision and pursuit of excellence that was at the heart of the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club in 1957.
The Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club hosts a number of sports that include:
- Lawn Bowling
All athletics include leagues, clinics, lessons and free play for members of the club.
Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club is home to a figure skating programme ran by Olympic skaters Brian Orser and Tracy Wilson, who have coached many elite level skaters to national, international, world and olympic titles including skaters such as Yuna Kim [2010 Olympic Champion, 2014 Olympic Silver medalist], Gabrielle Daleman [2018 Olympic Team Gold medalist], Yuzuru Hanyu [2014, 2017 World Champion and 2014,2018 Olympic Champion] and Javier Fernandez [2015, 2016 World Champion and 2018 Olympic Bronze medalist]