A huge thank you to the Winter Club family–our skaters, parents, cheerleaders, coaches and more! As the skating year winds down and we begin to prepare for the 2021 season, on behalf of the Board of Directors, we want to say a sincere thank you!
During a year with so much uncertainty, we were able to work together to accomplish so much as a team. Our club hosted THREE test sessions, resulting in a staggering number of pins and medallions and tests passed. Technology has enabled our skaters to compete throughout the state, region and country, bringing home medals despite travel restrictions. And in sessions at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum and around central Indiana, axels were landed, spins were perfected and dances were mastered.
This past year, the pandemic forced us all to dig deeper and get creative. Our Winter Club family has excelled and we are so proud of each and every one of you. Membership is a choice and we are so very glad that you chose our club. We are already beginning to think about the new season–we are looking forward to taking the growth we experienced this past year and using that to accelerate in 2021-2022. Locally, we should be back at Pop Weaver for our Learn to Skate program and club ice in September, Nationally, we have the US Figure Skating Nationals in Nashville, TN (who wants to carpool?) and, of course, 2022 will bring us the Winter Olympics.
Look for some fun activities this summer–some social events and summer groups to keep your skills sharp and more.
See you on the ice!
President, Board of Directors
Thanks to all who participated in our program run-throughs over the last few months. Here are some highlights from February’s run-throughs!
This month’s Skater Spotlight is Emelyn Haynie!
Emelyn is 19 years old and has been skating for 4 years. She is currently at the Pre-Juvenile level in Freestyle and Juvenile Moves in the Field. Her favorite skating move to do is the cantilever. Her favorite spin is the Camel spin and her favorite jump is loop jump. Some of the skaters she looks up to the most are 2017 US National champion Karen Chen, 3 time World champion Nathan Chen, 2 time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu and 2015 US champion Jason Brown.
When asked why she loves figure skating she said “I love ice skating because it allows me to let go a lot of my worries and helps me be more artistically free! It’s a place where I can connect with others and a very positive environment where we can all cheer each other on!”
Winter Club Awards
We were proud to celebrate the accomplishments of our Winter Club Skaters this year. Thanks to everyone who participated in on ice games, awards and program run-throughs.
Skaters from all four central Indiana skating clubs formed two teams for the 2021 Colonial Excel Series Kick-Off Challenge in February. Both Indy teams took first place in their team maneuvers events in this virtual competition. Congratulations to Shay Hooper, Liv Glass and Amalia Belo, who won Intermediate Team Maneuvers. Lydia Bielski, Emelyn Haynie, Leni Lee, and Abby Moyer won Low Team Maneuvers. The teams were coached by Andrea Yovanovich and Patty Hagen.
Virtual Showcase Extravaganza:
Emelyn Haynie won Pre-Juv Dramatic in third round and ended up 2nd overall.
Lydia Bielski placed 1st in Open Juvenile Interpretive, 2nd in Open Juvenile Comedic Impressions, 3rd in Open Juvenile Dramatic Performance, 3rd in Open Juvenile Dramatic Character Performance and 3rd in Parade Interpretive.
Liv Glass placed 2nd in Juvenile Dramatic Showcase, 2nd in Juvenile Interpretive, and 3rd in Juvenile Light Entertainment.
Emelyn Haynie won gold medals in three Young Adult events (dramatic performance, light character, interpretive) and qualified for two parades of champions. She won gold in the Parade of Interpretive Champions. She placed fourth and sixth in the Parade of Junior Champions.
Washington FSC Adult Virtual Competition in May: Aubrie Scott placed 4th in Silver Dramatic Showcase and 3rd in Silver Free Skate I/II/III. Christie Kievit Griffin placed 1st in Masters Dramatic Showcase.
Special Showcase Collaboration:
Watch for Emelyn Haynie and Aubrie Scott when U.S. Figure Skating shows the Virtual Skating Showcase on the website and Youtube channel. They learned a bit of choreography and sent videos back to USFS, which will synchronize videos from hundreds of skaters!
Circle City TOI
After U.S. Figure Skating delayed and revamped the 2021 Theatre on Ice competition options due to the pandemic, Circle City TOI coaches decided not to organize a team for this season.
To get a jump-start on the 2021-2022 season, coaches and clubs are organizing summer classes to teach team-skating skills to children, teens and adults. Stay tuned for details.
Talk to coaches Patty Hagen, Jess Sheplavy, and Christie Kievit if you are interested in learning more about team theatrical skating during the 2021-22 season. Or send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Battle of the Blades, Fort Wayne Indiana August 27-29
Indiana State Championships Fort Wayne Indiana November 13-15
Welcome to our first Club newsletter! We are excited to share this newsletter with you and encourage you to submit your photos, stories and updates via email@example.com to include in future issues. Despite the pandemic, Winter Club Board of Directors and volunteers are finding ways to grow our club, increasing opportunities for athlete development and making big plans for when things return to “normal.” Earlier this month we held our first “We Get Up Games,” a fun team-building and skating skill competition. Ranging from basic skills to advanced, everyone had a great time and learned more about their fellow Winter Club members. It has been a true joy to see so many of you on the ice at the historic Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Please follow our social media channels, for more events and news and check back in the spring for another Winter Club newsletter.
See you on the ice
Winter Club of Indianapolis, President 2020-2021
Lydia and Emelyn performed some lovely showcase routines at last month’s Program Run-through!
Resources for Parents and Athletes
Growing Champions for Life is an excellent place to learn about helpful ways to lead athletes to success in their sport. There are signups for video series for athletes, parents and coaches, as well as articles and workshops. Free webinars are offered every month. February’s webinar topic is “Teaching Kids to Manage Their Thoughts”. Register now online!
Here is a helpful article for parents, “How and Why to Teach Mindfulness to young Athletes”:
Starting in February, Winter Club would like to feature our Winter Club skaters in a skater spotlight in our newsletter. We want to highlight our wonderful skaters of all levels and all ages! A new skater will be selected every couple of months.
If you would like to be a part of the Skater Spotlight email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about yourself:
- What is your name and age?
- What is your skating level, or what tests have you passed?
- What is your favorite skating move? Jumps? Spins? Spirals? Dance?
- Is there a skater you look up to? A coach? An Olympian? A fellow athlete?
- Write a couple of sentences about why you love skating.
- Lastly, include a few skating photos of yourself.
National Get Up Day
Thanks to everyone who participated in our first annual We Get Up Games on February 1. We had a dozen skaters battling through a skills relay, skating drills and a dance off and demonstrated that in skating, We Get Up!
Lydia Bielski placed 1st in Teen Dramatic Showcase in round 1 of National Showcase virtual events. She also took 2nd place in rounds 2 and 3 in Teen Light Showcase. Emelyn Haynie placed 1st in round 1 in Preliminary Dramatic Showcase and placed 2nd after round 3. Audrey Kourany was 2nd in Preliminary Light Showcase. Congrats, ladies—way to represent!
Winter Club coaches Andrea and Patty have skating gear for sale! Things include dresses, skating pants and Zuca bags and more! Please contact Andrea at email@example.com and Patty at firstname.lastname@example.org. All sale proceeds will be donated to Winter Club!
December 29, 2020
Contact Name: Michelle Study-Campbell
Contact Phone Number: 317-979-0066 or email
Figure Skating pioneer and Indianapolis native Sandy Schwomeyer Lamb was posthumously elected to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame on Dec. 27.
Lamb was a member of the Winter Club of Indianapolis, Inc., where she enjoyed a 40-year career as an Olympic and world coach. She taught thousands of skaters, many from their first steps on the ice at the Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. She inspired many to reach the sport’s highest levels and instilled a lifelong love of figure skating.
Kelley Morris-Adair, a former student of Lamb and now a coach, shared:
“Never stop being a good person because of bad people’ is a quote Sandy shared with me on several occasions. I am grateful to have learned so much from Sandy throughout my skating and coaching career. Her passion and enthusiasm for the sport were infectious to all she came into contact with. Sandy was loved by so many, and I am blessed that she was in my life not only as my coach but as a dear friend.”
As a pioneer in the discipline of ice dancing, Lamb coached U.S. ice dancers in the first Olympic ice dance competition at the 1976 Innsbruck Games. In the 1980s, Lamb was the first female president of the Professional Skaters Association, helping to develop educational programs for coaches and encouraging thousands of skaters to become certified coaches. In 2014, Lamb was inducted into the PSA Coaches Hall of Fame.
Lamb also is credited with developing the Special Olympics ice skating program and leading local, national and international Special Olympics organizations. She coached her daughter and other skaters to World Special Olympics gold medals. Lamb died in June at age 73. She is survived by her husband Randy and daughter Shannon, of Morgantown, and son Bradley, a special education resource teacher in Noblesville. Lamb was elected to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame along with Olympic skater Johnny Weir and skating judge Gale Tanger. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 2021 hall of fame class will be honored at the 2022 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Nashville, TN.