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Central California Interclub Competition

SRFSC is proud to have been selected to host the 2016 Central California Interclub Competition (CCIA) on June 17, 18 & 19! 

Go to the Download Documents menu tab to view the announcement. Click on Final2016_CCIA_SantaRosa.pdf.  This link will open the document containing the CCIA Competition announcement.

To register, click on the last menu item called Register for CCIA Competition 2016


 The Central California Interclub Association Celebrates 50 Years


CCIA History Series: Jill Shipstad Thomas

A Positive Influence on Tahoe FSC Members

 Jill Shipstad

Jill Shipstad Thomas


Although Jill Shipstad Thomas was not a home club member of Tahoe Figure Skating Club, she was an important figure at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena as a coach to some of its members. Tahoe FSC heartily appreciates her positive legacy to this young, tiny club by imparting skating skills and a love of the sport to her students. Many people remember this lovely lady as positive, cheerful, glamorous, and energetic. "She made everyday a good day."

Jill was born May 27, 1944, in San Mateo, California, to skating legends Roy Shipstad and Bess Ehrhardt. At age 17 she joined the ice show her father had co-founded, "Shipstad and Johnson's Ice Follies." She was a principal performer in those productions as well as in "Holiday on Ice" and in TV and theatrical productions for over 20 years.

When her performing career was over she became a highly respected coach and choreographer, working with many national, world, and Olympic competitors. At the time of her death, September 19, 2013, she was still choreographing for "Disney on Ice" with which she had been associated for over 30 years.

Jill married fellow skater Bill Thomas in 1976 and in 1980 they built a home in Incline Village, before moving to Minden, Nevada in 1996. Tahoe Figure Skating Club will always remember her fondly.


CCIA History Series: Mary Louise Riley

A Life Working in the House That Snoopy Built

Mary Riley 1

Mary Louise Riley

Moving from Toronto, Canada in 1966, Mary Louise Riley quickly became involved, along with her family, in skating activities at the original ice rink in Santa Rosa, until its closure in 1967. When the beautiful new Redwood Empire Ice Arena opened in 1969, Mary Louise instituted the Basic Test Program, (later named Basic Skills Program), at Redwood Empire Ice Arena. U.S. Figure Skating commended Mary Louise on this excellent work for the Basic Test Program, which also enabled Junior Coaches to receive P.E. credit for instructing for the Basic Test Program. During the time Mary Louise started the Basic Test Program, she also revitalized Santa Rosa Figure Skating Club, which had 15 members at the time, to build it to a membership of 187 members. Santa Rosa Figure Skating Club was one of the first clubs to hold the CCIA Competition at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena in the early 70s, and Mary Louise has served on the LOC and/or in volunteer positions for all CCIA competitions held at that arena.

Mary Louise Riley started her committee work for U.S. Figure Skating in 1969 on the Public Relations Committee to eventually sit on several off shoots of the P.R. Committee, such as, Program Development Committee, Therapeutic Skating Committee, and Basic Test Committee. For Santa Rosa Figure Skating Club, she chaired a number of their ice shows. Mary Louise chaired the extremely successful Christmas Fantasy 1971 show. Charles Schultz was so impressed, he asked Mary Louise and SRFSC to keep producing these shows every Christmas! However, SRFSC declined due to lack of time for club families around the holidays, and Schultz went on to produce his own very successful Christmas shows for many years, while SRFSC held their shows in the spring.

In addition to coaching, SRFSC, and U.S. Figure Skating work, Mary Louise competed on the Senior Precision Team, (synchronized skating team), for Santa Rosa Figure Skating Club, ending her competitive career with them in 2003, and skating her last show in 2004. We salute and thank you Mary Louise Riley for all your work and support of Santa Rosa Figure Skating Club, the Central California Inter-Club Association and U.S. Figure Skating Skating through the years! 

Mary Riley 2

 Mary Louise Riley 2nd from Right

Mary Riley 3

 Mary Louise Riley on the Right


CCIA History Series: Mary Panyan

Creating a Strong University ISC of San Jose Today and Past CCIA Chair


Mary Panyan

Mary Panyan


For Mary Panyan it all began when her mother Johanna and her father Steve (US Air Force) met in Queens Skating rink in London during World War II. As it happens, the Panyans moved to San Francisco and then “Along Comes Mary”. Mary began accompanying her mother to Sutro’s at the age of four. Mostly, she remembers the street level amusement area; the 110 steps down to the ice rink level; the glassed off area where there were swimming pools; and especially, the matching royal blue skating dresses that she and her mother wore.

It turns out that a couple of Johanna’s friends from London had also moved to this country: Jean Westwood (British, European and World Ice Dance Champion) and Edi Sholdan (coach of several world champions at the Broadmoor). Since Jean Westwood was coaching in Lake Placid, it was inevitable that Mary and Mother would travel to Lake Placid for Mary’s first summer of skating. Under Jean’s coaching, and propped by Hayes Alan Jenkins, Mary completed Preliminary Ice Dance test and, under the coaching of Howard Nicholson, her Preliminary and First Figure tests that first summer of skating. Later, Mary skated at the Broadmoor under Edi Shouldan, Jean Westwood, and Carlo Fassi. From there Mary’s skating career continued on to 8th figure and Senior Free Skating tests (and sufficient falls to convince her that, “Ice is a slippery surface”.

Then no more skating until after her two daughters arrived and the oldest turned four. You guessed it! They got into skating and that got Mary back into skating and judging. As daughters went on to college Mary began skating for herself. Mary met Robin Pape “on-ice” and they competed in ice dancing at the adult level. Mary and older daughter Michelle competed on the Ice Symmetrics Synchro team in the US and in Switzerland. Mary and younger daughter Mindy competed on both the California Gold, when Mindy attended UCLA, and on North Carolina Ice Synchro team when Mindy pursued her PhD at UNC. (Just think of the frequent flyer miles Mary and Robin accumulated!). Then there were all the great dance competitions with coach and partner Peter Sasmore. She does have her Adult Gold Dance test but still hopes to reach her goal of completing Standard Pre Gold dances. Meantime, she thoroughly enjoys skating the Solo Dance events with all the “young’uns”.

Mary has been Central Pacific Regional Sanction Chair, CCIA Competition Chair, CCIA Secretary, and CCIA Co-Chair (each a few times over). She is President of University ISC of San Jose. In official rolls, she is Sectional Technical Specialist, Regional Data Operator, NQ Technical Controller, Sectional Competition Singles & Pairs judge, and Sectional/Novice Dance judge.


CCIA History Series: Joan Burns

Past CCIA Chairman and Co-Creator of Peninsula Skating Club

Joan Burns

Joan Burns


Peninsula Skating Club is proud to recommend Joan Burns for the CCIA History Series on her past and continuous work in our local skating community, as well as her work for U.S. Figure Skating and the ISU. Her judging career spans over 50 years, starting in 1963, and includes National and International competitions for the past 40 years. Joan judged 14 Nationals from 1975 to 2002 and 22 International competitions from 1982 to 2002. Joan is very proud to have served as Team Leader for ISU Tours following Worlds each year, held in Europe and Asia, from 1986 to 2001. Her service to U.S. Figure Skating has been long and extensive. Not only did Joan serve as a U.S. Figure Skating Board member from 1984 to 1987, but she also sat on various U.S. Figure Skating committees from 1992 to 2007. These committees included- Protocol, Judges, International, Singles and Pairs, 75th Anniversary, and Nominating Committees. She continues to serve on the Hall of Fame Committee today.

Like many judges, Joan started her involvement in our sport as a competitive figure skater. During the 1948 Regionals at Berkeley Iceland, which included the entire state of California at that time, she competed in the Novice Ladies event, and won the Silver medal in a field of 40 skaters. Joan went on to Sectionals in Seattle to take 4th place in the Freeskate. In 1948, Joan was a member of St Moritz Ice Skating Club! Unfortunately, polio ended her competitive career in 1949.

Shortly before her judging career began, Joan was a skate parent, accompanying her son, Michael, to the Burlingame rink. She became involved in the El Camino Ice Skating Club, and held various offices, such as, Test Chair, Secretary, and President. It was through her work as Membership Chairman for U.S. Figure Skating, 1981 to 1984, that the project began to merge the El Camino Ice Skating Club, the Silver Edge Club of Sunnyvale, and the Crystal Springs Figure Skating Club into Peninsula Skating Club. This merger was formalized in 1983 with the approval of U.S. Figure Skating, as well as the approval of the membership of the three above mentioned clubs, which produced one strong membership. By 1991, PSC hosted a major event, Skate America, with Joan Burns and Roy Cofer as Event Chairs. Peninsula Skating Club also went on to host the World Championships in Oakland in 1992, along with St Moritz Ice Skating Club. It was in the 1990s that Joan served as Peninsula Skating Club's President for 3 terms.

The Central California Interclub Association thanks Joan Burns for her service with the CCIA, as well. Joan was Co-President, (formerly called Co-Chairman), in the 1970s/80s for two terms. She Co-Chaired her first term with Howard Taylor, and then subsequently with Roy Cofer, and Nola Joy. In 1970 Joan was the Event Chair for the CCIA Competition, which was held in Burlingame, and hosted by the El Camino Ice Skating Club. Joan Burns helped shape our skating community of today, and continues to work toward the successful future of our sport.


CCIA History Series: Howard G. Taylor

Founder of the Central California Inter-Club Association

Howard Taylor

Howard Taylor

In the next installment of the CCIA History Series, we honor Howard G. Taylor of St. Moritz Ice Skating Club, a National referee and dance judge and one of the original organizers of the Central California Inter-Club Association. He was 1st Vice President of US Figure Skating, former Judges Committee Chair, and President and Honorary President of St. Moritz ISC. He dedicated his life to the sport of figure skating. During his skating career, Howard was a National dance competitor, and so the CCIA annually presents the Howard G. Taylor Memorial Trophy to the Ice Dancer who most exemplifies excellence in the Free Dance events at the Central California Inter-Club Association Competition.

Howard Taylor & Joyce Skrak

Howard Taylor and Joyce Skrak 


CCIA History Series: Elinor Hickox

First Judges Bureau Chair


The first Judges Bureau Chair for the Central California Interclub Association was Elinor Hickox. Elinor, her husband, Lute, a judge for U.S. Figure Skating and her children Laurie and Bill Hickox, were all members of The Skating Club of San Francisco, Inc.

Laurie & Bill Hickcox

Laurie and Bill Hickox


Laurie and Bill were the bronze medalists at the 1961 U.S. Championships in the Senior Pairs event. 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. 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!

Young Sam Singer

Barbara Ray and Sam Singer