In 1993, former Silver Medalist-level competitive figure skater and accredited instructor Anne Beauchamp Murray founded the Petoskey Skating Club. By way of a subcontract with the City of Petoskey Parks and Recreation department, she offered group and individual skating lessons to youngsters during the winter months at Petoskey’s Winter Sports Park as outdoor ice was available. Despite the very brief availability of dependable outdoor ice, each winter Petoskey Skating Club skaters participated in local and regional competitions within Michigan. Coinciding with the opening of Griffin Ice Arena in 1999, which made dependable indoor ice available in the area, Petoskey Skating Club changed its name to Little Traverse Figure Skating Club (LTFSC), and became incorporated in the State of Michigan. The club expanded to include coach/instructors Patti Gullon and Brenda Ann Walli, and began to offer group and individual skating lessons to beginning and advanced skaters through its own programs, while continuing to subcontract with the City’s outdoor program.
Consistently each year since, LTFSC has made basic and advanced skating skills instruction available to Emmet County area youth and adults. Each year, 50 – 75 (mostly) youngsters participate in our Learn-To-Skate programs for purely recreational enjoyment, with many going on to participate in area hockey and speed skating organizations, or compete as members of LTFSC in local and regional tournaments.
In September 2007, a unique partnership was forged with Petoskey High School and LTFSC fielded PHS’ first high school figure skating team. The District 4 club-sport team competes regionally within the State of Michigan and in both 2008 and 2009 won its district championship and traveled to the state finals.
In January 2008, LTFSC was granted 501 (c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service.