The Town of Stonewall will be abuzz Feb. 10 and 11, when hundreds of skaters and their families descend on the community for the 2018 Skate Canada Manitoba Priarie Regional Synchronized Skating Championships.
The regional competition will be hosted by the Stonewall Skating Club at the Veteran’s Memorial Complex and will feature 30 teams with more than 350 skaters.
“This is a huge event that the Stonewall Skating Club and its families have been asked to host on behalf of Skate Canada Manitoba and we are honoured. Stonewall and area residents and businesses have rallied together to represent and support our club so that we may offer a successful, empowering event,”
Tara Glaspey, competition chairperson, said.
The competitors ages range from five to 56 and they will be coming from skating clubs in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario.
Glaspey noted community organizations and businesses were invited to support the event through sponsorship.
“We have had many, many organizations within our community and the outreach area that have supported us and we have surpassed our goal, it’s fantastic,’’ she said, adding, “On behalf of the Stonewall Skating Club, I just want to say we are in awe of the overall support of local businesses.”
As well, Glaspey said the club is beyond excited to host the event because of its potential to teach local skaters about the work that goes into putting on a big show.
“To represent Skate Canada, for such a small club in Manitoba, it’s humbling, it’s great. It’s also such a good way for our athlete’s to witness, not only the amazing skaters that are coming to perform, but also for them to see what goes on behind the scenes in organizing such a big event,” she said.
She added she hoped locals would attend the event to support all the skaters.
“This is an event that is not common in our area, it’s one of the largest organized sporting events that’s come to Stonewall. It’s an event I encourage everyone to come and see not just to support figure skating as a whole but also to see how these young kids and adults come together to work as a team (on the ice) ,” she said.
“What a great way to represent Stonewall.”
Regionals are held annually in five regions across the country. Each region is made up of sections specific to their geographical location.
Tickets for the two-day event will be available at the door. There will also be prizes and draws. For scheduling information, contact Glaspey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Skarskate Interlake Regionals
A week before this competiotn, Skate Interlake will host its 2018 Skate Canada Skarskate Interlake Regional Competition at the Gimli Recreation Centre Feb. 3.
The event will run for most of the day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The event’s theme will be “A Night at the Movies”. Skaters from the Interlake, Winnipeg and surrounding areas from 17 different skating clubs will be competing. The event will also feature a silent auction.
Event organizers are still looking for volunteers and additional sponsors. For more information or to donate to the event email email@example.com.