On Saturday, May 4, the Buffalo Skating Club celebrated our 91st season with an awards banquet at Samuel's Grande Manor. Guests were treated to a delicious dinner, cake and cookies, wonderful company, and music provided by Coach Lindsay's husband, Jaime. It was a lovely evening to cap off another fantastic skating season and to honor all our skaters for their hard work and achievements during the year.
2018–2019 Award Winners
The Buffalo Skating Club is especially pleased to recognize the following members for outstanding progress, achievement, and service to the club during the 2018–2019 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.
Ania Bobinski + Emma Bobinski
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.
Evelyn McElligott + Autumn Xiao
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.
Katie Peacock + Suzanne Herrmann
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.
Ella Brown + Morgan Oakes
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.
Victoria Fuzak + Emily Milleville
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.
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.
Suzanne Herrmann was recognized by US Figure Skating and the Buffalo Skating Club as our 2019 Get Up Champion, for her embodiment of the spirit of the Get Up movement, which celebrates hard work and determination through service to others.