Over a half-dozen skaters of the Mile Zero Figure Skating Club are sharpening their skates for the Cariboots’ N Blades competition in Williams Lake, B.C. this weekend.
Fourteen skaters, ranging from intermediate to senior skill levels, will be performing routines they have been working on since the club began its season in September. For many of the members it will be the first competitive skate this year.
“Skaters will be performing in solo, interpretive, and spin and element events,” said Mile Zero Figure Skating Club publicity chair Kim Hughes-Brinsky.
She explained that the spin and element event is a portion of the competition that challenges skaters to perform “specific elements” without music. Four skaters will also be performing in the pair’s competition.
Over ten clubs from around British Columbia will attend Cariboots’ and Blades, with groups travelling from Fort St. John, Prince George, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Chetwynd, Valemount, Smithers, Armstrong and 100 Mile House.
Mile Zero Figure Skating has hosted clinics this season bringing instructors Steve Muff of the Kelowna Figure Skating Club and Jennifer Beauchamp of the NEXXICE Senior Synchronized Skating Team from Ontario to Dawson Creek.
Club members also skated at the regional dance test weekend hosted by Fort John Figure Skating Club on Sept. 22 and 23, as well as in Parksville in November.