Competition a trial run for skaters

Katie Brickman
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Moose Jaw Skating Club hosts invitational regional event

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This weekend will be a very important one for many figure skaters from Moose Jaw, Regina and the surrounding communities.

The Moose Jaw Skating Club will be hosting the Snowflake Invitational Regional Competition this Friday through Sunday at the Bert Hunt Arena. This event will allow the skaters to see where they fit in with their competitors prior to provincials next weekend in Humboldt.

“For many of the Star Skaters, this is the first competition for the opening of their season,” said coach Rustie Dean. “So, this is almost like a trial-run…an opportunity to showcase some of their element programs and free skate programs.”

This competition will allow the competitive skaters the ability to get in the proper mindset and feel the pressurized environment that will be there next weekend during provincials.

“Perfecting their routines and just a practice run, so it is really important with our sport to showcase your program as often as you can in front of judges,” she said. “There are still skaters that are competitive that want to support these regional competitions, so we will see juvenile, senior bronze and junior bronze skaters.”

There will also be an event on Sunday where the Can Skate individuals who aren’t involved in the competitive stream of skating to show off their programs and what they have learnt in practice.

 “This is a neat way for the our skaters that may never compete or never taken the full aspect of figure skating, but have an opportunity to showcase the basic skills,” Dean explained. “They will be evaluated and will receive report cards…it is an incentive for them to finish out the rest of the year and see the elements that they need to improve on.”

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