Skating club taking spotlight
ANDREA JOHNSON / PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN
MARCH 25, 2015 08:48 AM
It's been a long, but successful season for the Northern B.C. Centre For Skating, and now it's time to celebrate.
The NBCCS wants the public to join them for To the Tune of Sport, the club's fifth annual ice show that takes to centre ice Saturday at the Coliseum at 6 p.m. Admission to the show is by donation. All proceeds go back to the club in the form of developing talent and coaches.
"We typically do one every year but this has been a remarkable year," said NBCCS director of skating Rory Allen. "It's a fantastic opportunity for all of our athletes to perform. Andrea Luddit (director of competitive development) thought of the theme and we want to carry on the momentum of the Canada Winter Games. It's a showcase of a variety of sports."
Performing in the ice show are 125 Can Skate Learn to Skate athletes, pre-power athletes - young athletes who are bettering their skills for hockey and ringette - as well as between 12 to 15 academy skaters who are just learning about figure skating.
"There's a lot of young talent up and coming - some of them are as young as two - all the way up to 16 and 17 years old," said Allen.
Fans can also watch 13-year-old Justin Hampole perform. Hampole skated to the bronze medal in pre-novice men's at the Canada Games at Kin 1.
With a jam-packed arena for every event during the second week of the Games, the support figure skating received from the community didn't go unnoticed by the club.
"The Canada Winter Games were phenomenal," said Allen. "It was nice to see the support of the community - there were lineups out the door - it gives us hope to host major events. The skating was top-notch and hopefully some consideration will be given to host national and international events."
As for Hampole, he's competing in a meet in Vancouver in May and will move up to novice for the 2015-16 season.
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