First skate of the year


Last week, more than 30 peo­ple, in­clud­ing Jenna Bald­win from Vic­to­ria (pic­tured) headed to Har­bour Grace for free ice skat­ing at the SW Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium. Some hockey play­ers, fig­ure skaters, ex­pe­ri­enced and novice skaters hit the ice with fam­ily and friends. The Com­pass was on hand for the ex­cite­ment.

The Tim Hor­tons free hol­i­day skate Jan. 2 was very suc­cess­ful, see­ing some 30 peo­ple lace up their skates and hit the ice for an hour long ses­sion of ice skat­ing. The skate at the SW Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace was ini­tially sched­uled for Dec. 30, but heavy snow and high winds caused a can­cel­la­tion. The Com­pass was on hand for the event, which saw chil­dren of all ages, par­ents and some solo skaters get some ex­er­cise and have fun on the ice, while also get­ting some free hot choco­late. Here are some pho­tos of the skate.

Han­nah Cole (right) loves to fig­ure skate. The nine-year-old St. Fran­cis stu­dent had the op­por­tu­nity to hit the ice on Jan. 2 at the SW Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in her home­town of Har­bour Grace dur­ing the Tim Hor­tons free hol­i­day skate. Han­nah is seen here with her brother Jor­dan — in Grade 12 at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate — who brought her to the sta­dium and helped her tie up her skates.

Af­ter skat­ing hard, ev­ery­one needs a break. This group de­cided it was time to sit for a few min­utes be­fore hit­ting the ice again. Those on the bench were, from left, Ju­lia Martin (eight), Neal But­ton (eight), Adam But­ton (five), Clarence Wil­liams and Keith Martin. They are all from Har­bour Grace.

LEFT: Richard Par­sons of Car­bon­ear takes his nine-year-old daugh­ter Han­nah for a skate at the Har­bour Grace sta­dium. The fourth grader at­tends Car­bon­ear Academy and loves to cro­chet with her mom Ju­lia Har­ring­ton.

Darcy Reynolds is no stranger to the ice, or to hockey nets. At only five years old — al­most six — Darcy is a hockey player. He at­tended the skate with fel­low hockey play­ing sib­ling, his sis­ter Mor­gan. Both chil­dren had hockey prac­tice af­ter the skate, but don’t mind the ex­tra time on the ice. The pair are the chil­dren of Shaena and Rod Reynolds of River­head, Har­bour Grace.

Jenna (right) and Rei­ley Bald­win came from Vic­to­ria for the free skate at the Har­bour Grace sta­dium. Jenna, who takes part in the Per­salvic skat­ing pro­gram, leans over the bench, watch­ing other skaters and tak­ing a short breather. Reilly be­gan play­ing mi­nor hockey for the first time this sea­son. The two are the chil­dren of Tammy and Cory Bald­win of Vic­to­ria.

Brother and sis­ter duo Zachary Martin (left) and Stephanie Lam­bert had fun to­gether skat­ing around the rink at the sta­dium dur­ing the free skate. They were soon joined by mom Martina Lam­bert, but dad Corey Martin couldn’t make it. Zachary is an en­thu­si­as­tic skater and isn’t afraid to hit the ice a few times. He kept get­ting back up, dust­ing him­self off and go­ing for it again. Zachary is nine and Stephanie is 19. The fam­ily re­sides in Grate’s Cove at the tip of the Bay de Verde Penin­sula, and Zachary is a Com­pass car­rier for the area.

Six-year-old Ava McDon­ald skates along the boards at the Har­bour Grace sta­dium with the help of her dad, Bob.

This event was not just for chil­dren. For­mer hockey coach and hockey player Al­fred Dove skates a few cir­cles around the ice. Dove has been a vol­un­teer fire­fighter with the Har­bour Grace brigade for the past 20 years.

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