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Mariposa School of Skating to mark 50th anniversary with gala

The club was founded in Orillia in 1973 and has boasted world champions such as Brian Orser, Elvis Stojko and many others
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The Mariposa School of Skating works with skaters of all ages and skating disciplines from our local area or around the world to train. Stock photo

The Mariposa School of Skating is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the Barrie Skating Club next month by holding a spring gala.

Skaters from both clubs will take to the ice April 10 at the Allandale Recreation Centre, showcasing their own members alongside provincial, national and international competitors.

Barrie Skating Club champions, Mariposa Synchro teams and national ice dancers, pairs and singles will be among those featured.

The event takes place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in support of Barrie Families Unite. Entry is a non-perishable food item or a cash donation.

Founded in Orillia in 1973 by Doug Leigh and Tom Harrison, the school moved to Barrie in 1988 to accommodate the needs of world class skaters while establishing a campus at the Allandale Recreation Centre.

Home to national champions, Olympic medallists and world champions from around the world, the school has seen success in singles, ice dance and pairs with champions like Brian Orser, Elvis Stojko, Jeff Buttle, Jennifer Robinson, Jacinthe Lariviere and Lenny Faustino.

David Islam and Paul Matheson became the co-owners in June 2017 to continue the legacy that started in Orillia where a rink is named in honour of Orser and his accomplishments.