On April 28, we celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Buffalo Skating Club at our annual awards banquet. The many current and former members and friends of the club who joined us at Samuel's Grande Manor to mark the occasion were treated to a delicious dinner, wonderful conversation with friends old and new, and a fantastic display of memorabilia going all the way back through the club's history. In addition to celebrating our club's anniversary, we also honored our skaters for their hard work and achievement during the skating year.
2017–2018 Award Winners
We are always so proud of our skaters for their dedication and hard work, and this year for the first time we recognized each skater individually with a trophy marking his or her current Freestyle test level. Each year henceforth skaters will be recognized with a trophy marking their highest Freestyle test passed during the season.
The Buffalo Skating Club is especially pleased to recognize the following members for outstanding progress, achievement, and service to the club during the 2017–2018 season:
Archie Deckop Figure Trophy, presented to the member showing the most progress during the season. This should be demonstrated by his or her ability, interest, and improvement in figures with the intent of raising the standard of skating in the club. Due to the elimination of figures, skaters showing progress in Moves in the Field may be nominated here.
Women's Activity Junior Dance Trophy, awarded annually to a Buffalo Skating Club member 13 years of age or under for outstanding progress in dance during the current season. At least one dance must be passed.
Buck Trophy, awarded annually to the member of the Buffalo Skating Club, regardless of age, who has shown the greatest overall progress in the area of Moves in the Field, Freestyle, and Dance during the current skating season.
Lewis F. Cody Trophy for Free Skating, awarded annually to a Buffalo Skating Club member 12 years of age or over who has shown progress in free skating during the current season. This award is given in memory of Lewis F. Cody.
Women's Activity Free Skating Trophy, awarded annually to a Buffalo Skating Club member 12 years of age or under for outstanding progress in free skating during the current season.
Abigail Kennedy & Isabelle Metzger
Basic Test Progress Trophy, awarded to recognize outstanding progress among basic test skaters. The winner of the award will have skated no more than one and one-half seasons and be 12 years of age or younger. The trophy will be awarded to the skater who has passed the most badge tests and/or the preliminary test but not higher. The skater MAY NOT have a program. The skater's progress will have been achieved primarily through lessons.
Courtney Kerwin & Meghann French
Wilkinson Award, awarded to an adult member of the club for outstanding service in promoting dance, or ANY club-related activity over a period of time.
Abrams Achievement Trophy, awarded to a Buffalo Skating Club member based on a point system. Points are awarded for tests passed in Moves in the Field Dance, Free Skating, and Pairs (where appropriate). Points are also awarded for competitions entered and placement (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) in competition.
Leadership and Service Award, presented to a youth member of the Buffalo Skating Club who has demonstrated exemplary service and volunteerism to the club and club-sponsored activities.
Ania Bobinski & Emma Bobinski
The Bainbridge Cup, awarded to a Buffalo Skating Club member who is new to skating and who has demonstrated the most progress and enthusiasm for skating during the current season. This cup can be awarded to a maximum of two individuals who have been club members for three years or less. Passing of USFSA tests is not a requirement for this award. Beginning in 1998, this award has been presented each year by the Board of Directors in honor of Red Bainbridge, a longtime coach with the Buffalo Skating Club.
Wallace Keller Friend of the Buffalo Skating Club Award, awarded annually to a member or supporter of the club, regardless of age, who outwardly shows a joy and appreciation of the art of figure skating. This appreciation of figure skating can include assistance to skaters on or off the ice, volunteering time and energy for Buffalo Skating Club events, supporting and promoting the club in its service to the skating community, or any combination of these.
Falena Berdine & Emily Milleville
Janet R. French Character Award, awarded annually to a Buffalo Skating Club home club member who demonstrates exemplary character traits, such as compassion and respect for others, embracing responsibility, and empathy. This award is sponsored by Martha Rasmussen in honor of Janet French.
Frank Owrey Award, awarded to a skater who demonstrates sportsmanship, dedication, participation, and personality to the sport of figure skating. This award is voted on by our members ages 5 to 17 ONLY! Once chosen, a recipient is not eligible for 3 years. This award is sponsored by the Board of the Buffalo Skating Club.
Just Keep Smiling Award, awarded to the skater, at any age or level, who smiles all the time on the ice, no matter if they fall or can't catch their breath, and who truly enjoys the flow and freedom of skating and not just the competition. This award is given in Memory of Marie (Nana) Neveroski.
Weigel Award, awarded by the president of the Buffalo Skating Club.