Prairie Edge offering new program
This is a big year for figure skaters in the province and in Moose Jaw.
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Adrianna Phillips (left) and Kirah Brown (right) from Prairie Edge School of Skating competed in the SaskSkate event in Regina in early October. Absent is Maria Rigetti and Alex Gray. The four will soon be competing in provincials in November. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
Four skaters from the Prairie Edge School of Skating recently got their competitive season underway when they skated at the SaskSkate event in Regina in early October.
“It is the biggest competition in Western Canada next to Western Challenge,” said Naiomi Rigetti, coach with Prairie Edge School of Skating.
Adrianna Phillips competed in the novice division, Kirah Brown in the pre-novice event and Maria Rigetti competed in the juvenile and pre-juvenile dance with her partner, Tristan Taylor from Regina. The duo won silver for their pre-juvenile dance routine. Alex Gray also competed at the Regina event.
“I know that Kirah and Adrianna are shooting to be in the top four for sectionals, so that they can move on to (Western) Challenge,” explained Rigetti. “For Maria and Alex at sectionals, they are both competing in the juvenile under-14. That is as high as they can go, as there is no event past sectionals.”
Brown and Phillips will be headed to Barrie, Ont. this week to compete at an Oktoberfest competition. They are going with the high performance provincial team.
“After Oktoberfest, the four of them are going to provincials, which is in Saskatoon in November. They are all building for that,” said Rigetti.
Both Phillips and Brown have big goals for their season and use their time with the Prairie Edge to further develop their routines as well as help the younger skaters.
“We just want to provide the training environment when they are here. Kirah trains in Regina and Adrianna trains in Medicine Hat. So, when they are on their home ice, we want to be able to provide a positive environment where they can come and work,” said Rigetti. “They are both excellent role models and great with the young ones.”
Not only are the skaters with the club prepping for various competitions throughout the winter months, but also the Saskatchewan Winter Games, being held in Prince Albert in February.
“We have quite a few younger competitive skaters coming up,” said Rigetti. “This is a big year for skating. It is like a mini Olympics for these kids. There is an age range of 10 to 17 for skating. A lot of these kids only get the one opportunity to try out and make the team.”
The club has six skaters that fit into that age category that will be trying out in December, with hopes of making the team to compete at the Games.
The club also introduced a new program this year, the CanPowerSkate, which is geared for hockey players in full equipment.
“If parents have kids that need to learn how to skate or improve their skating skills, it is an excellent skating program,” said Rigetti.
Parents can get that program information on the Moose Jaw Minor Hockey office or on their website.
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