If you are interested in joining The Windjammers,
Please contact head coach, Amanda France, at AFrance0610@aol.com for more information.
The Windjammers Synchronized Skating Teams represent The Lake Minnetonka Figure Skating Club and field a full range of teams each season for skaters of all levels. The Windjammers strive to create a program in which skaters are inspired to challenge themselves both individually and as a team, while enjoying the benefits of a competitive team sport.
The Windjammers are LMFSC’s competitive synchronized skating teams. The number and level of teams varies from year to year based on the number and level of skaters who try out to participate on our teams, but there are generally three or four teams competing annually with skaters who range in age from age 6 to 18.
Please contact synchro liasion Debbie Buersmeyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Crystal Kitt (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
I am looking forward to an exciting season ahead of us! I was very pleased with all the potential I saw in the skaters who attended tryouts, and have high expectations for what we will be able to achieve together going forward.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as your new head coach and share a little bit about my background in synchronized skating. My competitive synchronized skating career, which at the time was called “precision skating,” began right here at Minnetonka as a “Mini Mate.” I quickly fell in love with the sport and all the fun and exciting opportunities it could offer me. After two years on the Mini Mates, I transitioned over to Braemar where I spent two seasons on their novice team and five on their junior team, cross-skating one season. My love for the sport led me to continue into and through college, skating for the Western Michigan University Synchronized Skating Teams. At Western, I skated for five seasons on the senior team, three seasons on the collegiate team, and two seasons on the adult team, cross-skating every year except my first.
Throughout my years skating synchro, I have worked hard to earn a total of thirteen medals from the Midwestern Sectional Championships and two National medals. Additionally, I have competed internationally for three seasons as a part of Team USA, traveling with my team to Croatia, Hungary, and Italy. In 2009 we earned the gold medal in the senior division at the Jegvirag Cup in Miskolc, Hungary. I say with great pride that there is no better feeling than watching your country’s flag being raised while hearing your national anthem playing and getting a shiny gold medal around your neck—it is a memory that I will cherish for a lifetime.
In addition to my competitive skating, I also was one of ten original athletes selected nationwide as a member of the U.S. Figure Skating D.R.E.A.M. Program, serving as a member from 2008-2010. As a part of this program, I represented and promoted the sport of synchronized skating, attending the Training Festivals and Coaches Colleges as well as guest coaching at several smaller clinics. I was given the opportunity to meet and form close connections with other skaters and coaches of all levels across the country, which was perhaps one of the most valuable things I took away from those two years.
I am so overjoyed to be stepping into this new leg of my synchronized skating career. I have always been so passionate about this sport and hope to share and develop that same passion in each and every skater I work with. I look forward to getting to know each of you personally and working hard with you to lead our teams to success this season.
Head Coach, LMFSC Windjammers