Skate Amherstburg officially receives Ontario Trillium Foundation grant

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Skate Amherstburg received a $100,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation with Essex MPP Taras Natyshak helping them to celebrate.

Natyshak attended Skate Amherstburg’s “Mini Fun Competition” recently at the Libro Centre where he helped present awards to the skaters but also helped them celebrate the $100,000 OTF grant. Natyshak said he wanted to congratulate the skaters but also pointed out the OTF funding will help support them in their training all year round.

“I presented them a certificate recognizing the grant,” he said, adding he also wanted to thank the organization for its hard work.

Essex MPP Taras Natyshak was on hand for Skate Amherstburg’s recent “Mini Fun” competition to present awards and to officially congratuate them on an Ontario Trillium Grant. From left: Paige Paquette, Regan Moniz, Lauren Coleman, Adelaide Hered, Alivia Piper, Zoe Zdzairski and Natyshak.

Essex MPP Taras Natyshak was on hand for Skate Amherstburg’s recent “Mini Fun” competition to present awards and to officially congratuate them on an Ontario Trillium Grant. From left: Paige Paquette, Regan Moniz, Lauren Coleman, Adelaide Hered, Alivia Piper, Zoe Zdzairski and Natyshak.

Natyshak noted the contributions of the families in helping the young skaters as parents and grandparents “play an integral role” in their children’s success. Skaters will only get better if they continue to work at it and have fun.

“By practicing and practicing, they are going to get better at their sport,” said Natyshak.

Lauren Kawai, a board member and coach with Skate Amherstburg, said the grant money is being put to good use.

“It’s being used for programming and aligning the skate program with the long-term development model,” she said.

The Mini Fun Competition was for pre-junior and junior skaters.

“It’s just for fun,” said Kawai. “It gives young skaters a taste of the competition world.”

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