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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and Patty at email@example.com. 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.