Welcome to the Official Site of the 33rd Annual Southern Connecticut Open Figure Skating Competition
The 2017 Southern CT Open Figure Skating Competition
April 21, 22 and 23, 2017 at The Darien Ice Rink
Old King's Highway North, Darien, CT 06820
* 2017 Southern CT Open is a participating competition in the 2017 National Solo Dance Series *
Southern Connecticut Open - President's Message:
Thank You for attending the 2017 Southern Connecticut Open. The Skating Club of Southern Connecticut is proud to be sponsoring this event for the 33rd year, welcoming 380 skaters, 50 judges and officials, 165 coaches, and countless family members and spectators.
SC of Southern CT would like to dedicate this year's competition to Joan Liotta, a U.S. Figure Skating judge from Wayne. NJ. Joan has devoted her time and talents to the sport of figure skating for 40 years and was recently recognized in U.S. Figure Skating Magazine for this milestone. Joan is a "regular" at our SC of Southern CT Test Sessions and "Learn to Skate" competitions, and has been judging at this event since it's early years. We value her exceptionally early arrivals to every event, her positive and happy personality, her willingness to help in all ways, her fair judging and her extraordinary kindness to everyone involved in this sport. We have been very fortunate to have Joan as a friend of our club and thank her from the bottom of our hearts for her many contributions.
Also recognized by U.S. Figure Skating for celebrating her 35 year judging milestone is Kathi Hochberg from Rye Brooke, NY. Kathi is also an extraordinary for this sport and has offered a helping hand at so many of our events despite her always busy travel schedule. Kathi is a special friend to our Club and we thank her for her service.
E.Richie Van Vliet has become a valued colleague over recent years. He is a tremendous resource, always willing to share his vast knowledge and his skating expertise. This year Richie is celebrating 25 year marking his first referee appointment.
This Year we welcome back Diana Wisner as Chief Referee, Elliot Schwartz as Chief Accountant and Jim Chen, our Chief Music Coordinator. They have devoted countless hours to making this competition a wonderful event.
Special thanks and gratitude go to all the officials and Judges who participated in this years Southern CT Open.
Each Year we assemble a group of talented and committed volunteers who work behind the scenes for months to make this event a success. We thank them for giving so generously of their time and expertise.
We are always thankful for the skaters, parents and coaches who have been loyal to our competition and return each year. It is heartwarming to see so many familiar faces and to see the progress of the skaters from year to year. To those who are new to our competition, we extend our warmest welcome and thanks and hope that you too continue to be part of our Southern CT Open family.
I also want to thank the Skating Club of Southern Connecticut Board of Directors, Helaine Walker, Val Legutko, Becky Gerace and Gina Valenzano-Gomez, and the Southern CT Synchronized Skating President, Pam Foster, for their support.
Happy Skating !
Kari Ryan, President
Skating Club of Southern Connecticut
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