Vancouver Island Region Spring 2012


Our Region has lost one of its four competitions. In the re-structuring of the competition format in our section, we have had to drop the Barbara Rasmussen Memorial Competition. This was one of two Memorial Competitions we held. The Region Executive decided it was not fair to continue remembering one wonderful person and not the other so we have gone back to the original Vancouver Island Interclub Competition title for the Lynn Hetherington Memorial Competition.

In 1982 the Vancouver Island Interclub Competition was re-named the “Lynn Hetherington Memorial Competition” in memory of Lynn Hetherington, a long time club member and volunteer, including President of the Mount Arrow smith Skating Club, as well as a Director representing Vancouver Island on the BC Section Board. Lynn’s daughter Susan Hetherington skated at the Mount Arrowsmith Skating Club and also at the Racquet Club of Victoria, earning a spot on the BC Team for the Canadian Championships. The Hetherington family knew what it was to volunteer and the club blossomed because of their dedication.

  It is always difficult to accept change as we now go back to our original name for this competition but that does not mean Lynn will not live in our hearts and memory as she most certainly will. Thank you to Lynn’s family for supporting the past thirty years of this competition. Our thoughts and best wishes will always be with you and your family.

As the Comox Valley Club grew, the lack of ice time became a real problem. Fortunately the opening of the Comox Valley Sports Center in 1975 solved many of these problems and the club operated on 33 hours of ice a week at the cost of$10 per hour! Originally the professional staff came from Nanaimo on a free lance basis which did little to encourage growth. Olive Browning was the first local professional who did a great deal to organize the club. Barbara Rasmussen then moved to Courtenay and took over the responsibilities of the club. She also taught in Campbell River, Port Alberni and Port Alice. Barbara sadly was killed in a car accident in March 1974. Elizabeth Kines, a competitive skater at the time survived the accident that took Barbara’s life and after she recovered from her injuries became the first figure skater to achieve Gold and Silver medals in Club tests. Elizabeth now is a professional coach in Port McNeill and has been teaching there for 30+ years.

In special tribute to Barbara’s memory, the Barbara Rasmussen Memorial Invitational Competition was started in 1976. It was designated to be a fun competition with skaters from the North Island Skating Clubs with Powell River taking part. For all of these skaters it was their first competition as well as judges’ Pat Cutt and Lynne Henderson-Drake. Originally this competition included those from the clubs where Barbara taught, however because she was so well known and respected the competition then allowed all Island Clubs to participate. The competition started out being held the last weekend in March and was well attended—it was a time of remembrance but also a fun and social event—Barbara would have wanted it that way.

We as a Region will never forget Barbara and what she did for our Northern skaters and clubs and even though we sadly must bid goodbye to this competition-Barbara will stay in our hearts and memories forever.

Coaches and Officials:

Pictured here are some of our Island’s dictated coaches and judges. Even after a long day of travel and either judging or coaching at our Regional Championship, many attended our information meeting to hear and stay in touch with all the new events taking place in the skating world.