There is little in the world that conjures up more joyful childhood memories than the sights and sounds of ice skaters gliding across a glimmering frozen lake or around a newly polished skating rink. For many, those childhood memories began right here in Warwick at its iconic Thayer Arena. Here, under the watchful eye of longtime instructor and founder of Warwick’s Children’s Skating Program, Lee Chabot Horner, literally hundreds of children have been taught how to skate. Lee Horner, a nationally known synchronized skating coach and founder of the Warwick synchronized teams, parlayed her own lifelong love of skating into coaching others, and remains at the helm of the Children’s Skating Program to this day.
The “Learn to Skate” Children’s Skating Program at Warwick’s Thayer Arena was established over 40 years ago. The enthusiastic staff of qualified coaches here, including Lee’s sister Dorothy Cunningham (a highly experienced coach from Franklin, MA), encourage skaters to enjoy the sport, to progress in the United States Figure Skating basic skills program, and most of all, to have fun!
Skaters are taught skills which will allow them to continue into hockey or figure skating tracks with an excellent foundation of the basics. As Horner explains, “The most important thing a beginner skater needs is a strong foundation in basic skills, whether that skater wants to be a figure skater, hockey player or even a recreational skater.” If your child wants to be that hockey player or figure skater, this is where to begin!
The Children’s Skating Program provides an exciting experience for skaters ages 3 years and up. The classes are divided by age and ability so that each student will get the attention they need at a level that both challenges and paces them. The program takes aspiring skaters from the “Snowplow Sam” level of simple stops, forward and backward skating and two-foot spins to the more advanced “Basic Skill” levels 1 through 8.
The 3- to 5- year olds learn basic skills through playful games and activities on the ice, all while building self-confidence and enthusiasm for the sport. The entire objective of this program is “to provide a friendly environment and quality learning experience for all its students, young and old.”
Classes at the Children’s Skating Program are held Thursday evenings from 5:00pm – 6:00pm and consist of 25 minutes of instruction followed by 25 minutes of practice time during which parents can pay an extra fee to join their child on the ice. For their littlest beginners, parents will be allowed to accompany their children on the ice (but must be competent skaters themselves!)
Register online for the next 10-week session, beginning on January 5th, 2017. For questions about the class schedule and fees and to register for your skating class, you can also call Lee Horner at 508-274-5218 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Children’s Skating Program’s website is www.childrensskating.com.