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REGULAR SEASON REGISTRATION START DATE

posted Sep 30, 2022, 10:47 PM

Regular season registration begins Tuesday, October 4th at 6:00 PM for Pre-CanSkate, CanSkate and IntroSTAR! See our social media posts for more information.
We look forward to seeing you on one of our sessions this winter!

SCNL AGNES THISTLE INVITATIONAL EVENT - ANNOUNCEMENT

posted Sep 30, 2022, 10:45 PM

Please see attached for information on the SCNL Agnes Thistle Invitational Event.
2022 Agnes Thistle Invitational - Announcement.pdf

CALL FOR INTERESTED PROGRAM ASSISTANTS (PAS)

posted Sep 27, 2022, 12:39 PM

Again this year Program Assisting is OPTIONAL for skaters at our club. We are aware that some skaters would like to help out and we are excited to hear from them!!!

We will be taking up to 6 PAs on CanSkate and 8 on PreCanSkate. This is a volunteer role, and no credits will be awarded toward future registration.

If you are interested in being a PA on any session (see regular season schedule for times on the club website under “News”) please send a note along to Joanne Burry at jmburry@nl.rogers.com and include the session(s) you are interested in and the reason you would like to do it, priority will be given to those needing career hours so it is not a first come first serve. Deadline to submit requests to PA is Oct 5th.

PAs must be 12 years of age and passed the complete Star 4 freeskate test.

Also note that we will have an off-ice PA clinic Tuesday Oct. 11 5:45-6:45 at the Paradise arena. This is mandatory for anyone wanting to PA and it will be the ONLY option to do the clinic.

We are excited to hear from you!!! ⛸

SCNL ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET

posted Sep 19, 2022, 3:36 PM

On Saturday, September 17 Skate Canada Newfoundland and Labrador held their annual AGM and Awards Banquet. We had quite a number of skaters, coaches, volunteers and skating supporters in attendance.

We would like to extend special congratulations to:

Bursaries awards for top half finish at national events: Mark Butt (singles and Pairs with Lillian Evans), Rachael Tuff, and the Open Starlites
Skate Canada 25 Year Volunteer Pins: Daisy Power-Sinnicks, Joanne Burry, Tracy Carroll, Lindsay Hillier
Skate Canada 25 Year Coaching Pin: Kevin Walsh
Skate Canada 50 Year Volunteer Pin: Kevin Walsh
Section CanSkater of the Year 2020: Gracie Greening (accepted by Joanne Burry)
Section CanSkater of the Year 2022: Eve Barry
Section STARSkater of the Year 2020: Hayley Willar
Section STARSkater of the Year 2022: Jennifer Hiscock (associate club member)
Section Program Assistant of the Year 2020: Sarah Burry
Section Competitive Skater of the Year 2020: Rachael Tuff
Section Competitive Skater of the Year 2022: Rachael Tuff
Section Volunteer Coach of the Year 2020: Daisy Power-Sinnicks
Section Volunteer Coach of the Year 2022: Neal Thorne
National Volunteer Award of Excellence 2020: Shelley Ann O'Brien
National Volunteer Award of Excellence 2022: Lindsay Hillier

We are so proud of our passionate, involved membership as we know our programming could not run without these people. The award winners above are only a small fraction of the hardworking individuals that keep our club running smoothly. A huge thank you to all attendees who took time out of their weekend to be at seminars that continuously improve our club in many ways, and to celebrate the accomplishments of our members above. 

Below is a photo of all MPPSC members present at the SCNL Awards Banquet.

FALL CANSKATE PROGRAMMING AT CAPACITY

posted Aug 28, 2022, 7:45 PM

Please note that our Fall CanSkate program is now at capacity. We are thrilled to see so many skaters excited to join us! We look forward to seeing anyone not yet on the session during our regular season beginning in October.

**NOTICE: This post pertains ONLY to our September 4-week session.**
As soon as October - April registration details are available, they will be made public, and returning members will have priority when registering.

FALL WEEK 1: JUNIOR, INTERMEDIATE & SENIOR REGISTRATION

posted Aug 26, 2022, 1:28 PM

Registration for our Week 1 Fall programming begins on August 29th at 6PM. Please see our Facebook & Instagram for details!

PRE-CANSKATE, CANSKATE & INTROSTAR FALL REGISTRATION

posted Aug 24, 2022, 8:06 PM

Pre-CanSkate, CanSkate and IntroSTAR Program registration starts August 25th.

Please visit mppsc.ca then click on "Registration Info" ➡ "Register for Programs" starting at 6:00 PM on August 25th.
This registration will be for our 4 week Fall Session starting September 10th.

Junior, Intermediate & Senior registration information will follow shortly!

FALL REGISTRATION UPDATE

posted Aug 18, 2022, 12:39 PM

Dear parents and skaters,

We have now secured ice for the month of September in the event that the Glacier doesn't open due to the Municipal strike. We plan to run all programming, including Pre-Canskate, Canskate, IntroStar, and Junior, Intermediate and Senior sessions, as well as synchro. 

We are still working on finalizing a new schedule, and we will notify parents by email and Facebook/Instagram when a registration date has been chosen. Some of our programs will have to be a weekly registration, as our ice times are not consistent from week to week.  

The Executive is working hard behind the scenes to ensure our children can return to the ice. This has been very challenging for us, and we appreciate your patience. 

Thank you,

MPPSC Executive

WELCOME LANA AS TREASURER!

posted Aug 16, 2022, 7:44 PM

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Lana Littlejohn who has joined our executive in the role of Treasurer! Lana brings extensive experience in finance and has volunteered in numerous capacities with other organizations. We are very excited to have her expertise on our team!

2022-2023 REGISTRATION UPDATE

posted Aug 10, 2022, 9:44 AM

ADULT I & II SECOND TRYOUT TIMES

posted Aug 8, 2022, 1:51 PM

Links for Adult I and II second tryouts have been posted to Uplifter. These teams will share a second tryout on Thursday, August 25th at 9:00 PM at Twin Rinks.
We’re encouraging all skaters to attend (even if they attended the first tryout).

CANSKATE COACH COURSE

posted Aug 5, 2022, 2:39 PM

SCNL will be offering the following NCCP coaching course:
NCCP CanSkate Coach Course – August 27-29, 2022 in St. John’s

Pre-Requisites:
Be a Skate Canada registrant for the 2021-2022 season
Be a minimum 16 years of age
Passed at least one complete STAR 5 Assessment
More information and online registration can be found on the SCNL Registration website: https://skatenf.uplifterinc.com. The deadline for registration is Friday, August 12, 2022

SKATE CANADA REBRAND

posted Aug 5, 2022, 9:53 AM

The rumours are true, there’s a new look on the ice and we are proud to be sporting Skate Canada’s new logo. Tag us in your photos and show everyone that you #SkateWithUs. 

SYNCHRO TRYOUT #2 UPDATE

posted Jul 27, 2022, 6:28 PM

MPPSC 2022-2023 SCHEDULE

posted Jul 25, 2022, 3:43 PM

Below is the Mount Pearl-Paradise Skating Club's schedule for the 2022-2023 season. This may be helpful as you begin to plan your seasonal activities, etc.
Registration fees, payment dates, and start dates are to be confirmed for late August, pending ice confirmation. 
We are so excited to see new and returning members for a new season!

2022 SUMMER SKATE COMPETITION

posted Jul 23, 2022, 8:08 PM

Attached is the Announcement for the 2022 SCNL Summer Skate Competition, being held on August 20 at the Paradise Double Ice Complex. 

Registration will open on the Skate Canada NL registration website (https://skatenf.uplifterinc.com) on Tuesday, July 26 at 10:00AM and the deadline for registration is Thursday, August 4. Late entries will not be accepted.

NOTE: Skaters will be required to submit an electronic copy of their music with their online registration. Please make sure the format is .mp3 and that the music is labeled: “Skater’s Name_Category_Age Category”. 

2022 Summer Skate Announcement.pdf

SYNCHRO TRYOUT #2

posted Jul 20, 2022, 3:22 PM

As a reminder, synchro tryouts for Pre-Juv, Juv, and Pre-Nov will be held Sunday July 31st. ALL skaters (even if they attended the first tryout) wishing to be considered for a team are to attend. The deadline to register has changed. The new date is Friday, July 29th. This is to allow us to review lists and have our club coaches prepare for the tryouts.

**Please note that any skaters who were trying out for Novice or Intermediate teams should attend the Pre-Novice Tryout this time**

Pre-Juvenile: 5-5:50pm
Juvenile: 6-6:50pm
Pre-Novice: 7-7:50pm

All skaters are welcomed! Please register via the link below, or go to mppsc.ca, click on the registration for programs tab, and then click purchase products on the left side.
Looking forward to seeing our fantastic synchronized skaters soon!

CONGRATULATIONS TO COACH KEVIN WALSH

posted Jul 18, 2022, 12:09 PM

Founded in 1995, the Mount Pearl Sports Hall of Fame honors athletes and volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to sport in Mount Pearl.

At the ceremony, Kevin was inducted as a builder for his four decades of coaching, volunteering, and development of the Mount Pearl-Paradise Skating Club.

Kevin moved to NL in 1981 from Toronto after obtaining his coaching diploma at Seneca College. He began coaching with the Mount Pearl-Paradise Skating Club. He has dedicated his adult life to helping children both on and off the ice. In addition to being the first and only Level 4 Certified Skating Coach in our province (May 2016), Kevin has been employed for over 30 years as a Student Assistant with the Newfoundland Labrador English School District. Kevin also coached with the Conception Bay North (CBN) Skating Club for 28 years and with the Prince of Wales Skating Club in St. John's for 15 years. He has coached all levels and ages of skating from PreCanSkate to Senior, including disciplines of singles, dance, pairs, and synchronized skating, and has accompanied athletes to numerous Atlantic and National Championships. Annually, Kevin takes pride in leading the development of the MPPSC ice show theme. Throughout Kevin’s career, he served several years on the MPPSC Executive as Director of Coaching, and as Technical Director for the Avalon Region. Regularly attending both online and in-person coach training courses, seminars and meetings, Kevin has invested an incredible amount of time and money into his professional development as a coach.

Kevin introduced synchronized skating (then called precision skating) to MPPSC and CBN Skating Clubs in the early 1980s. His skaters would often tease him, and he would tease back as there was always great rivalry between the two clubs given that he coached at both. This was all in good fun, but it encouraged his skaters to work harder. Kevin must have made a lasting impression on the sport of synchronized skating, as many of those skaters reunited with each other and with Kevin, during their adult years as members of the MPPSC Adult II Synchro Team that he coached until recently. Now, 40 years later, MPPSC has a thriving synchronized skating program with up to 9 teams registered for each competitive season. Last season, Kevin coached two of those teams. This program may not exist without Kevin’s tireless advocacy for opportunities for skater participation, ice time, and continuous improvement.

In terms of coaching experience and diversity, Kevin’s accolades are impressive.
To name a few:

  • 1995 Canadian Figure Skating Association National Coach of the Year
  • Canada Games Team Coach – 1991 (Charlottetown, PEI), 1995 (Grand Prairie, AB), 2003 (Bathurst, NB), 2007 (Whitehorse YK)
  • North American Challenge Coach - 2002 with skaters Neal Thorne (singles) and Neal Thorne/Whitney Young (pairs)
  • 2001 Nominated for Skate Canada Competitive Coach of Excellence

Kevin’s impact still has international reach as he coached and/or assisted numerous Canadian and World competitors when they trained in NL including Rebecca Babb and Joshua Babb, Joey Russell, and Kaetlyn Osmond. Each of these athletes have gone on to pursue successful show, coaching and choreography careers across North America with elite-level athletes of their own.

There is no question that the figure skating would not be where it is today in Mount Pearl/Paradise without Kevin’s decades of ongoing guidance. The steps he has taken to make skating enjoyable, memorable, and continuously improved are evident in his actions and testaments from those around him.

We are so thrilled for Kevin, as this was one of his dreams as a member of our club.

Club Contacts:

Club Inquiries & Uplifter Page Support mppskate@gmail.com