Mini Fun Competition

Local skaters get taste of competition world

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Young and beginning skaters with Skate Amherstburg got a taste of the competition world last Friday night.

The organization presented its third annual “Mini-Fun Competition” Friday night at the Libro Centre and Skate Amherstburg board member Lauren Kawai stated that it involved around 30 skaters ranging in age from six to 12.

Entrants in the Feb. 23 Skate Amherstburg “Mini Fun Competition” take a bow after performing.

“We do this inter-club competition to get their feet wet in the competition world,” explained Kawai. “It gets them excited to be a part of competitions in the future.”

Kawai added that Skate Amherstburg hopes that it will not only build enjoyment for such competitions, it could lead to success as well.

“We hope it eases their transition into the big leagues,” she said. “They like (the Mini-Fun Competition). They get to wear pretty dresses and have their photos taken and the parents get to take videos.”

There were 19 events from jumps to cross cuts with competitors getting to choose which events suit them best.

Participants in the third annual Mini-Fun Competition being put on by Skate Amherstburg gather for awards Feb. 23 at the Libro Centre.

“It’s kind of like track-and-field style,” said Kawai. “They pick whichever events they’d like to enter. They picked two events each.”

Participants included Abby Warnock, Abigail Capeling, Addasyn Taylor, Adrean Dawson, Alivia Piper, Annabelle Roehrich, Ava Danelon, Cali Swinton, Dellah Bedal, Eden Pare, Emily Fox, Jolie Demars, Lainey Wood, Lauren Bondy, Lauren Colman, Lily Impens, Makayla Clarke, Mallory Bezaire, Paige Mayhew, Paige Paquette, Rae Demitroff, Regan Moniz, Samantha Bergeron, Sophia Bergeron, Teaghan Laframboise, Zoe Zdziarski, Charlotte Szewczuk, McKenna McDowell and Gracey Foster.

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.”