Okotoks club hosting a golden celebration
Figure Skating: Skaters celebrate 50th anniversary with trip around the world
Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 06:00 am
The Okotoks Figure Skating Club members feel like they are sitting on top of the world as they prepare for their first show in a decade.
The club is presenting “A Trip Around the World Gala” April 6 at the Pason Centennial Arena. The show is part of the club’s golden anniversary celebrations, said coach Kerri Roberts.
“This is our 50th anniversary and also I thought the kids needed,” Roberts said. “It’s a real team builder. It bring the whole club together — parents, coaches and skaters.”
The club took a hiatus from doing shows due to the immense work involved in putting on such an extravaganza.
That work was evident when approximately 20 skaters were on the ice at the Scott Seaman Sports Arena on March 26 practicing a number for the show.
The skaters were tossing a beach ball as the Beach Boys’ Surfing U.S.A. played in the background.
The Golden State is just one of the stops on the worldwide gala— the club will visit places not usually associated with figure skating.
“We’re going to India, Cuba, Brazil, Ireland, Mexico and were also going to Japan and Russia,” Roberts said. There will also be stops in the USA and Australia to name a few.
The skaters will be wearing the appropriate attire for the culture they will visit.
Two of those skaters turned in recent golden and silver medal performances at one of the biggest competitions in Alberta.
Emily Jenkins and Anja Nel finished first and second in the Gold triathlon at StarSkate in St. Albert in March. Jenaya Niessen wasn’t too far behind in fifth-place.
They have all taken on leadership roles in helping the younger members of the club for the big show.
“It feels really good to be a leader,” said Jenkins, a Grade 11 student at Holy Trinity Academy. “We show them how to act on the ice and how to work together.”
Niessen, a Grade 12 student at HTA, has been with the club a dozen years.
“I think I was in a show when I was in Canskate but I was so young I can’t remember it,” she said with a smile. “I am glad it came back. It’s so great to get out of training mode and do something fun.”
There will be 120 skaters participating in the gala. The show starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 and $20 for families. For more information go to okotoksskatingclub.com