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Maria Rigetti, right, and Tristan Taylor from the Prairie Edge School of Sakting perform a pairs routine at the club's Holiday Spectacular Saturday.
The Prairie Edge School of Skating got into the holiday spirit with their second annual Holiday Spectacular.
Saturday’s event featured skaters spanning a wide range of ages from the club and it was a chance for the club to come together and show off their routines for friends, family and fellow club members.
“For a lot of the little ones, they don’t start competing until January, so this is a nice little warm-up for them,” said Naomi Rigetti from the Prairie Edge School of Skating. “For some of the older skaters ... this is a chance for them to show what they can do.”
The club had 18 members skate their routines as part of the show with some skating both their interpretive and free skate programs from the season.
Maria Rigetti and Tristan Taylor skated their pairs program, while Adrianna Phillips — who moved to Medicine Hat to train — debuted a new program that had many of her teammates’ faces pressed to the glass and cheering each element.
In addition the adult, pre-novice and beginner synchro skating teams all skater a synchronized program.
For the younger skaters it was a chance to see the older kids in competition and see the type of skills they can develop into as they grow in their skating.
“They don’t always get to skate with the older kids, so they like to see them,” said Rigetti.
“We have a really good group of older kids right now. They’re excellent role models for the younger kids.”
It was also good experience for some of the younger skaters who are still preparing for their first competition of the season and, in some cases, preparing for their first ever competition.
“We have quite a few who are going down to Minot in the first weekend of January. This is a big deal for them because they’re getting ready to compete and it’s nice to have a chance to perform in front of people.”
Most of the Prairie Edge skaters will take part in the Region 2 Invitational Competition in Moose Jaw from Jan. 12-13.
The busy month of competition will conclude with the STARSkate provincials in Humboldt from Jan. 17-20.