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Why Mariposa School of Skating?

Something For All Ages and Levels

The Mariposa School of Skating is a full service training centre that offers top level instruction and programs for every age and level of skater. Our expert staff deliver year round programs that are designed to allow skaters to progress from learning to skate to the elite levels of international competitive skating. We welcome skaters of all ages and skating disciplines from our local area or around the world to train with us for any length of time. Our Internationally renowned school is THE destination for skaters looking to improve their skating!

World-class training facilities

  • Olympic and Standard size ice pad
  • Fully equipped Fitness Room
  • Ballet Studio
  • Classroom
  • Administrative Office
  • Pool for recovery programs
  • High School on location
  • Elementary School within 120 metres
  • on-site skate shaprening

Winning legacy and bright future

Founded in Orillia, Ontario 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 & Lenny Faustino.

David Islam and Paul Matheson became the co-owners in June 2017 to continue the strong legacy that has been built at the Mariposa School of Skating.

Upcoming Programs

Sep 11 2019 to Sep 11 2019

Edge and Balance Coaches Training

This program is an on ice session for hockey/ringette coaches that are interested in learning how to implement skating foundation training into their practices. Exercises and concepts that will be presented and explained are based around detailed repetitions and progressions that will allow players to build on a solid foundation of basic skating skills at all levels.

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Sep 07 2019 to Oct 07 2019

Fall Canskate 2019

CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. Based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles, CanSkate centers on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity. Taught by NCCP-trained professional coaches, assisted by trained program assistants.

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Sep 05 2019 to Oct 06 2019

Fall Pre-Canskate 2019

CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. Based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles, CanSkate centers on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity. Taught by NCCP-trained professional coaches, assisted by trained program assistants.

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Sep 04 2019 to Oct 02 2019

Fall 2019 Starskate 1-4

  • Skaters will  have passed Canskate stage 6
  • Lessons delivered for STAR 1-4 Skate Canada Tests in Freeskate, Skills and Dance.
  • 45 minutes of group instruction delivered by a Mariposa Coach per day.

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Sep 03 2019 to Dec 31 2019

Day Ice

Mariposa School of Skating has Day Time “Ticket Ice” available for skaters September – June. We operate Monday to Friday 6:30am – 3:30pm. Monthly, weekly, daily and session rates are available for skaters. All Monthly, Elementary Part Time, Weekly, and Daily passes include unlimited ice and off-ice programming.  

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Sep 03 2019 to Oct 03 2019

Fall 2019 Starskate 5-10

  • Skaters will  have passed a STAR 4 Skating Test.
  • Session time allows for practice of Freeskate, Skills, Interpretive and Dance
  • 15 minute stroking session per session

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Sep 03 2019 to Oct 03 2019

Power Skating

Mariposa School of Skating is committed to providing sessions that possess the optimal training environment. We believe strongly that limiting session participants and maintaining our coach to player ratio is critical to the players ability to improve and wish to ensure that the players that have registered are getting maximum attention and value for their session. Program runs for 5 weeks Program runs 4 days a week House league Monday/Wednesday Rep Tuesday/Thursday All skaters must pre-register for each class online…

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Sep 03 2019 to Oct 03 2019

Edge & Balance

Players will be introduced to concepts such as inside and outside edges, both forwards and backwards, as well as the ability to connect different directions and edges. This Program is designed by Paul Matheson. Exercises are based around detailed repetitions and progressions that will allow the player to build a solid foundation of basic skills. Each session will be conducted by two instructors from the internationally renowned Mariposa School of Skating. All Power Skating and Edge & Balance classes have…

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Sep 03 2019 to Oct 01 2019

Edge & Balance Prime Time

Players will be introduced to concepts such as inside and outside edges, both forwards and backwards, as well as the ability to connect different directions and edges. This Program is designed by Paul Matheson. Exercises are based around detailed repetitions and progressions that will allow the player to build a solid foundation of basic skills. Each session will be conducted by two instructors from the internationally renowned Mariposa School of Skating. All Power Skating and Edge & Balance classes have…

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May 11 2019 to Oct 01 2019

Team Mariposa Pre Novice Registration

Welcome to Team Mariposa - Pre Novice Please complete this online registration form and ensure your signed paper documents have been submitted. Registration Fee: $2750 + hst (This includes icetime, coaching fees, competitions, competition dress and accessories, etc).  

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May 11 2019 to Oct 01 2019

Team Mariposa Beginner Registration

Welcome to Team Mariposa - Beginner! Please complete this online registration form and ensure your signed paper documents have been submitted. Registration Fee  $1900 + hst (includes ice time, coaching, competitions, competition dress and accessories, etc).

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Apr 08 2019 to May 09 2020

Spring 2019 Off Ice Jumps

Off Ice Jump Class provides an excellent opportunity to work on the jump technique that skaters learn on the ice.  Off-Ice jump sessions are scheduled prior to skating sessions to simulate competition warm-up.

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Apr 08 2019 to May 09 2020

Fall 2019 Off Ice Jumps

Off Ice Jump Class provides an excellent opportunity to work on the jump technique that skaters learn on the ice.  Off-Ice jump sessions are scheduled prior to skating sessions to simulate competition warm-up.

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Sep 01 2018 to Aug 31 2019

Skate Canada Membership

Skate Canada Membership for skaters planning to represent the Mariposa School of Skating in the 2018/2019 season.  This fee is non-refundable.

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Kudos to Mariposa! While you continue to provide 'standard of excellence' your seminar encompassed a healthy and positive atmosphere. No matter the age, the home club location, it was all so heart warming to watch figure skaters on the ice working so hard.
— Gwen —