Register for Skate San Francisco
Come to beautiful downtown San Francisco, August 21-23, for Skate San Francisco 2015! This technical only competition offers levels from Limited No Test (PP 1) through Senior in Singles, Pairs, and Dance Couples, to both Standard Track and Adult events. Critiques are available for Juvenile and above skaters in IJS events. The Skating Club of San Francisco will again present trophies for the Monnier, Shoemaker, Alperth, Rogers, and Hickox awards.
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This competition is sanctioned by US Figure Skating and Skate Canada. Registration is open now!
You won't want to miss this exciting event!
The History behind the Hickox Memorial
Not many of our current SCSF members remember the origin of the Hickox Memorial Trophy. Sure, we all have heard of Laurie and Bill Hickox, members of The Skating Club of San Francisco, Inc., who were the bronze medalists at the 1961 U.S. Championships in the Senior Pairs event. We also know these talented skaters were on the 1961 U.S. team traveling to the World Championships, and lost their lives when Sabena Flight 548 crashed near Brussels, Belgium. All 72 people on that plane perished, which included U.S. team members Ina Rae and Ray Hadley, 1960 U.S. Silver Pairs Champions, of Seattle Skating Club. Four years after the tragedy of losing the 1961 U.S. team, The Skating Club of San Francisco, Inc. and Seattle Skating Club jointly created a memorial pairs trophy in honor of Laurie and Bill Hickox and Ina Rae and Ray Hadley to be awarded at the 1966 Pacific Coast Championships. Our own SCSF president, Sam Singer, and his pairs partner, Barbara Ray, also of The Skating Club of San Francisco, won that first trophy for the Junior Pairs event, as the 1966 Junior Pairs Champions! You may go to the Historic Inside Edge menu tab and select Inside Edge Jan 1966 to read more about the 1966 Pacific Coast Championships in Culver City. In that article it is noted that The Skating Club of San Francisco started the Competitor's Fund, known as The Bill and Laurie Hickox Memorial Fund, "to assist our present competitors, defray their traveling expenses".
Barbara Ray & Sam Singer
Annually, The Skating Club of San Francisco, Inc. at Skate San Francisco, and Seattle Skating Club for their Ice Fest competition, have established memorial trophies in memory to their respective skating legends that are awarded to pairs of excellence. The Hickox Memorial Trophy is awarded by SCSF to the pair with the highest IJS freeskate score, Juvenile through Senior levels.
Laurie & Bill Hickox
My experience at TOI Nationals
by Panny Shan
Equipped with our countless hours of practice and our ridiculous looking chess headpieces, we walked through the doors of the Hyannis skating rink. Unlike previous years, this year we walked in as the two-time junior national champion. This year, we had a bigger target painted on our backs than ever. This year, we were the team to beat. Feeling the hot breath of other teams hungry to take home the gold, the team felt more pressure to do well than ever. Our first few practices proved useful but also show us the numerous corrections that we had yet to execute. Countless lines remained crooked and innumerable steps were all out of sync. Competition day loomed over our heads and our opponents appeared daunting: while we were still scrambling to fix major flaws, the other teams seemed to be fine-tuning an already almost perfect product.
We placed third in the CE. Of course, while this standing was obviously fantastic, I was so accustomed to placing first that our accomplishment seemed like a failure. However, every setback also comes with its benefits. After seeing our results, the team stepped up its game even more(even though we were already giving our 100%) in order to defend our title. Despite being only the second time we performed our program with the full costume and props, the team pulled off a stunning performance. Skaters and parents alike approached me afterwards commenting on how beautiful they thought our program was. Evidently, the judges concurred, for we ended up placing first and successfully defending our championship. However, even this win did not come without its sorrows. For many skaters on the team, our long program competition was the last of their career on SFIT. The party afterwards was fraught with sniffles, tears, and outright sobbing.
My sixth theatre on ice competition will forever remain among my fondest memories: we felt on top of the world when we won the championship, shared tears over the experiences we would have to leave behind, and laughed at the memories we would cherish forever. We made SFIT into a formidable opponent feared by other teams across the nation. In Hyannis the summer before my senior year, we came, we saw, and we conquered.
SFIT Junior and Novice Teams