It’s back for another year. The Mile Zero Figure Skating Club (Mile Zero FSC) will present its annual Christmas show this Friday at Memorial Arena.
Skaters are set to perform individual, pairs and team routines that they have been perfecting since the skating season began in September, all done to Christmas music favourites.
“It’s a great family event and a way to showcase all of the Mile Zero Figure Skating Club skaters,” said Kim Hughes-Brinsky, publicity chair for the Mile Zero FSC
The show will feature a range of skills and routines starting with the youngest skaters, some of them as young as three-years old, to the more experienced senior skaters (18 and under). The club has 125 members, 52 of which are in the club’s Canskate program for beginners.
The Christmas show will also feature the Mile Zero FSC’s six synchronized-skating teams, which are a definite must-see. The club, which added an Elementary level team to its synchro program this year, has had measurable synchro success in the past, and always impresses local Christmas-show attendees.
At the Western Open in Edmonton last February the club earned gold and bronze respectively in the juvenile and pre-novice divisions.
This season, Mile Zero skaters have performed well in solo and pairs competitions they have visited.
With just eleven skaters, the club went to Williams Lake for the Cariboots’ N Blades competition on Dec. 7-9, and brought home 21 medals in total. Skaters competed in solo, interpretive, and spin and element events; two teams were also featured in the pair’s competition.
Against clubs from interior B.C. and the Peace Region the Mile Zero FSC won four gold, eleven silver and six bronze medals.
Head Coach Marylin Kreuzinger said she was impressed by the team’s performance in Williams Lake, as it was the first major event for many of the skaters this season.
“The skaters were all skating well at home,” said Kreuzinger, “Solo’s were pretty consistent, so I was fairly confident that that they were ready for the competition and capable of a good showing.”
She noted that a short season makes preparing for events difficult, but said her skaters were ready.
“The skaters were focused and that showed in the results.”
As for the Christmas show, the full talents of the club will be on display Friday evening when the event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.