Test day for Skate Amherstburg


By Joel Charron

For several young figure skaters, Friday was test day.

Skate Amherstburg held “test day” at the UCCU Complex. Over 54 tests were conducted with the skaters being tested on four disciplines, such as, free skate, dance, interpretive and skill.

Skate Amherstburg president Sharron Kawai said the skaters get tested four times a year with the last test day being  back in November.

“Figure skating requires skaters to pass certain test areas, in this case it is certain dances,” said Kawai. “We have some skaters working on their first dance and some are trying to finish up their last dance.”

Kawai noted that licensed judges from Skate Canada judge the skaters.

There are six different levels (preliminary, junior bronze, senior bronze, junior silver, senior silver, and gold) with four dances within each level.

Kawai said test day’s are usually a high stress time for most skaters, however if a skater does not pass, they are able to take the test over again next time.


Jennifer Shay, 17, practices her Westminster Waltz shortly before being tested on Friday evening.

“We have good judges that will get them feedback as to what they need to work on in order to pass,” said Kawai.

Kawai added that Skate Amherstburg has a 95 per cent pass rate.

Jennifer Shay, 17, was attempting to pass her Westminster Waltz dance at the gold level said she was a little nervous heading into her test.

“I’ve been having a little bit of a rough patch in the beginning,” said Shay. “The last couple of weeks have been pretty good. It’s kind of iffy but I feel pretty good about passing. I’ve never failed a dance before.”

Shay has been practicing the Westminster Waltz for over a month, which is the normal time it takes for her to learn a dance.

Shay has been skating with Skate Amherstburg since she was four-years-old.

Skate Amherstburg currently has over 200 skaters.

The organization is currently planning the 41st Annual Ice Carnival, which will be held at the end of March.



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