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.