The Thunder Bay Skating Club skaters end their Intermediate routine during the Skate Canada/Manitoba Prairie Regional Synchronized Skating Championships at the Veteran’s Memorial Sports Complex Feb. 10. (Juliet Kadzviti/Interlake Publishing/Postmedia Network)
After successfully hosting the 2018 Skate Canada Manitoba Prairie Regional Synchronized Skating Championships at the Veteran’s Memorial Sports Complex Feb. 10 and 11, the Stonewall Skating Club has received more good news.
Chair of the organizing committee for the championships, Tara Glaspey, has been invited to the Manitoba Legislature by Lakeside MLA Ralph Eichler to be recognized for the much-supported event through a private member statement March 12.
“They are extending an invitation to me, as well as the committee to be recognized,” Glaspey said. “To be personally recognized by the (MLA) for the involvement in the event is fantastic and I extend that out to all the committee members that helped. This is not a one person event, this is something that happens because of so many people’s participation to make it happen. Not just the board members, not just the skating club, but the community, the sponsors- it’s just a very fulfilling feeling to be recognized,” she added.
The two-day competition saw more than 350 skaters between five and 65 skate for qualified judges in a range of categories at both the Ice Palace and VMSC. The event was sponsored by many local businesses and attracted many spectators.
Glaspey said upon completing the championships, her team reflected on the whirlwind event. “It was very comforting, come Sunday night to... sit down at the table and kind of go, ‘wow, that went really quickly’. We did it and we did it well and we had many, many accolades come our way, which is very much appreciated from a board perspective,” she said.
“It’s so nice to know that what you did and all the effort you made and all the little idiosyncrasies that you took the time to initiate and bring together- that someone noticed. It almost- almost- makes you want to do it again,” Glaspey added.
Glaspey said many people around town and within SSC were all hands on deck during the competition.
SSC skaters were given a chance to see the inner workings of a big competition. “They were involved in many aspects of it from the beginning planning, to actually having key roles during the championships themselves and then the take down,” Glaspey said.