Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia Skaters among sharpest in prov­ince


Spec­ta­tors at the an­nual Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia Ice Show at the sta­dium in Whit­bourne March 27, were im­mersed in a fan­tasy world of twirls, jumps and mu­sic.

The event, en­ti­tled Hits on Ice and em­ceed by Rod Stockley of Coast 101.1 ra­dio, show­cased the tal­ent and com­pet­i­tive skills of about 116 can, star and syn­chro­nized skaters.

“Ev­ery­thing went ex­tremely well and the sta­dium was jam packed,” said Brenda Black, pres­i­dent of the Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia Fig­ure Skat­ing Club. “The level of tal­ent dis­played was just amaz­ing. Ev­ery year it just gets bet­ter.”

Ac­cord­ing to Black many hands made light work in putting to­gether the show.

“ It was def­i­nitely a group ef­fort,” she said.“One of our skat­ing moms Liz Ledrew as­sumed the role of Ice Show chair­woman and many oth­ers pitched in to help as well.”

Lena Thorne and Ann Vaters of Chapel Arm made cos­tumes for the show while Matthew Ledrew de­signed the pro­gram book­let cover.

“The skaters made the dec­o­ra­tions as well as the dec­o­rat­ing,” added Black.“They went to the sta­dium the night be­fore the show and worked un­til the early hours of the morn­ing.”

Dur­ing the Ice Show Black handed out a num­ber of awards in­clud­ing the Love of Skat­ing Award to Chelsea Gam­bin, Long Har­bour; Most Ded­i­cated Pro­gram As­sis­tant Award to Casan­dra Power, Chapel Arm; Spirit of Skat­ing Award to Jenna Pretty and Han­nah Cooper, Chapel Arm; Canskater of the Year to Syd­ney Thorne, Whit­bourne and Pro­vin­cial First Place Award to Am­ber Bren­ton of Nor­mans Cove.

“It was ex­tremely hard to pick the win­ners for the Pro­gram As­sis­tants Award be­cause they’re all very tal­ented,” said Black. “They’re not only ded­i­cated to skat­ing, but they are also very com­mit­ted to the younger skaters. A lot of them vol­un­teer their time each week to help teach the younger skaters how to skate.”

Black also heaped praise on the club’s skat­ing coaches - Karen Pin­sent, Dana Smith and Amanda Con­way.

“Our club has re­ally grown over the past few years and that has in­creased their role and re­spon- sibil­i­ties, but they are still mould­ing and train­ing some re­ally tal­ented skaters,” said Black. “The skaters here can hold their own against any oth­ers in the prov­ince. They’re among the best.”

Dur­ing the Ice Show, skaters and the au­di­ence bid farewell to skater Bri­anna Mercer, (Black’s daugh­ter) who will no longer be com­pet­ing in fig­ure skat­ing. Mercer, who grad­u­ates from Cres­cent Col­le­giate in June, is hop­ing to at­tend MUN and pur­sue a ca­reer in pri­mary/ele­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion.

Pho­tos sub­mit­ted

FIRST PLACE - Am­ber Bren­ton, Nor­mans Cove, demon­strates beauty and grace as well as a per­fect land­ing dur­ing her skat­ing rou­tine. Her knack for skat­ing also landed her first place in a pro­vin­cial skat­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

CAN­SKATE AWARDS - From left: Canskater of the Year Syd­ney Thorne and Spirit of Skat­ing re­cip­i­ents Jenna Pretty and Han­nah Cooper ac­cept their awards from Brenda Black, pres­i­dent of the Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia Fig­ure Skat­ing Club.

LOVE OF SKAT­ING - Brenda Black, pres­i­dent of the Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia Fig­ure Skat­ing Club presents Chelsea Gam­bin with the Love of Skat­ing Award dur­ing the club’s an­nual Ice Show.

BOY-GIRL ROU­TINE - A group of skaters pose for a photo fol­low­ing an en­ter­tain­ing skat­ing per­for­mance at the Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia Ice Show, March 27.

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