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.
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.