Tara Millward's impressive achievements in figure skating got their beginnings at the Long Sault Arena, where she first learned to skate.
By the age of thirteen, she had achieved quadruple gold test qualifications - the highest attainable test result in Figure Skating. She also passed all the competitive testing that would allow her to compete at a high level.
Eventually, she left Long Sault and went to Ottawa to gain valuable experience, and to work with world class coaches like Peter Dunfield, who coached Olympic figure skater Elizabeth Manley.
For six years, Tara was a regular at competitions and championships throughout Eastern Ontario. In 1988, she won the Juvenile Championship at the Eastern Ontario sectionals. Two years later, having won the three competitions required to qualify, she skated to a ninth place finish at the All-Ontario Championships. At the Eastern Ontario Sectional championships over the next three years, she finished fifth in Pre-Novice in 1992, sixth in Novice in 1993, and seventh in Junior in 1993. She went on to Senior Level, the highest level of competition, but was unable to compete due to injury.
Throughout her figure skating career, Tara won numerous invitational championships in Ottawa and the surrounding area. She has also participated in seven provincial training seminars, where she had the opportunity to work with World and Olympic coaches and skaters.
Tara has coached for seven years with the Long Sault and Cornwall Skating Clubs, and has run skating programs in the schools where she has taught.
Tara Millward-Lafrance accepting from Nancy Simpson.