A taste for performing

Katie Brickman
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Moose Jaw Skating Club sending skaters to regional competition

Practice makes perfect.

The Moose Jaw Skating Club is sending approximately 20 skaters to a regional competition in Mossbank this weekend. Some of the skaters going include; front row (L-R) Morgan Capili, Justene Aitken, Taylor Noble, Kaitlynn McQueen, Emily Closs, Lindsay Allen and Paige McClinton. Middle row (L-R) Alyssa Roney, Aria Swanson, Sydney Miskiman, Stephanie Ross, Tyrae Wiebe, Samantha Swalm. Back row (L-R) Ryann Terry, Miheret Cridland, Spencer Noble, Sofie Stensland and Paige Beausoleil. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

That is the sentiment as members of the Moose Jaw Skating Club will get to perform in front of judges this weekend at the regional competition in Mossbank.

Some skaters will be performing their routines for the first time and other will be working on perfecting routines.

“This is open for anyone, so it is a great opportunity for every kid who is just starting to skate right up to the gold skaters,” said Jana Beesley-Capili, coach. “Most of those that just started in our StarSkate program are going.”

The club is sending approximately 20 skaters of various skill to the meet that is based more for practice than an actual stressful competitive event.

“The regional competitions are geared for fun,” said Beesley-Capili. “So the flights are smaller, so many of them will win medals. It is just for them to go out and have fun while showing off their skills.”

Many of the skaters that are going are in the introductory stages, meaning they haven’t passed any tests and are participating in their first competition.

“Some kids will go out there and love it and, for some kids, it will be too much for them,” she said. “They are out there on the ice, all by themselves, with the judges watching you, so we want it to be a positive experience for all of them. That is why they make the flights smaller and give them lots of opportunities to win medals.”

This competition also features a lot of events, including their solo, elements, jumps, spins and a creative piece.

“That means they have to make something up on their own, with no coaching allowed,” said Beesley-Capili. “It just shows their creativity and their musicality.”

As for the older skaters that are going, this meet is a good opportunity for them to try out new routines without any pressure to perform at a high level with minimal mistakes.

“They get to go out and try new things. Raine (Eberl) has a new program, so he is going to out and try it out,” she explained. “Just new programs with no pressure, especially in the older groups where there are less competitors.”

Ryann Terry is heading to Mossbank and will be using the weekend as a tune up for the Saskatchewan Winter Games and other upcoming competitions.

“I am still working on the same program, which has been almost a year. I feel confident because this is my favourite program,” Terry said. “This is still important, but it is like a practice. It is more of a step forward.”

As for the coaches of the club, they just want to see the skaters smiling and enjoying the moment of being on the ice performing.

“I just want them to really find a love for competing and having fun with it,” said Beesley-Capili. “Just going out and overcoming their nerves, getting in front of the judges and having fun.”

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