Learning through team coaching

Katie Brickman
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Moose Jaw Skating Club holds registration; seven skaters selected to provincial team

The Moose Jaw Skating Club will have seven skaters as selected to be part of this year's competitve skating team for the province. Front row includes Development Entry Team members Sydney Miskiman (age eight) and Stephanie Ross (age nine). Back row includes Development Entry Team members Ryann Terry (age 11) and Erika Wilson (age 13), Raine Eberl (age 13) is part of the Sask First team and Paige Hager (age 15) and Maria Hadley-Cole (age 14) are part of the High Performance Provincial Team. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

The Moose Jaw Skating Club is ready for another season. The club will be holding their registration this weekend at the Town ’n’ Country Mall.

The ongoing registration will begin on Thursday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday from noon - 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For those that cannot attend the registration times on the weekend can contact Colleen Carnduff from the Moose Jaw Skating Club website — http://www.moosejawskatingclub.ca.

“Registration includes the First Blades (ages three to five) and it teaches the basics of skating through play. CanSkate (ages five to seven) teaches an introduction to skating for any sport — hockey, figure skating, speed skating, etc. And Advanced CanSkate, which is for anyone interested in learning more about figure skating,” explained coach Jana Beesley-Capili. “This is an ongoing registration, but space is limited because all programs are taught by certified professional coaches that have five years to 31 years of experience. We team coach and we believe in team coaching, meaning we all coach together and help each other and make sure all the kids have enough lessons to achieve their goals. Every kid is important.”

The club’s fall program is currently happening, but registration is for the winter program that runs from Oct. 15 to Mar. 16 and will be held at the Kinsmen Sportsplex and the Pla-Mor Palace.

There will also be a couple new programs that club is holding this season, including the Junior Skating Program, which will be small, semi-private group taught lessons that is open to anyone interested in figure skating. The club also has an Adult Fitness on Ice program that will run on Thursday evenings.

“That program is open to any adult who wants to skate and get some fitness,” said Beesley-Capili. “It is for any level. We can teach them how to skate or old skaters can come back and skate. The program is focusing on fitness on ice, so it will be based on basic fitness and fun.”

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Skating Club, First Blades, Advanced CanSkate Kinsmen Sportsplex Pla-Mor Palace Times-Herald

Geographic location: Country Mall

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