Valley Stars on Ice

Figure skating show this Sunday, March 17th

By Katie Watt

intern@columbiavalleypioneer.com

How do you make a sport better? The Columbia Valley Skating Club has an answer: just add ice. On Sunday, March 17th, the skating club will be doing an end of season, sports themed performance at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

Each skater will focus their skits and dances around the themes of different sports such as football and boxing.

“Some of the girls began training just after Christmas, while others are doing a solo that they’ve been training for all year,” says Suzzie Sutherland, president of the club. The routines will be performed in both group and solo acts. The show will feature 24 skaters in total, all from the ages of 3- 17.

While some of the skaters are young, others have been involved with the club for years.

Hailey Kwok, 17, has been skating for 11 years. This is her final year with the club. For two years she figure skated competitively in Kelowna, but she returned because she prefers the atmosphere of the Valley’s skating club.

“Here it’s way more of a family and it’s way friendlier. It’s just simple,” she says.

Since September Ms. Kwok has been working on her own routine that she will be performing at the upcoming event.

“I choreographed it myself. For my last year I wanted to make my routine special and do it on my own,” said Ms. Kwok. While she has been competing with her self-made act throughout the season, to make it sports-themed for the upcoming event Ms. Kwok has added a ribbon to the routine so she will look more look like a gymnast.

The other skater’s programs are well worth watching too, adds Ms. Kwok.

“They’re really energetic and you can tell how much time they’ve put into it. They’re very well choreographed,” she says.

The end of season event will be held at the arena from 3 – 5 p.m. Concession will be open during the performances, and entrance is by donation. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to supporting the club.

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