Lo­cal club to host East­ern divi­sion­als

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

There are about a dozen skaters mov­ing around the ice at the Bay Arena on Jan. 16.

Some are grace­fully skat­ing back­wards, their blades cut­ting the ice in a cir­cu­lar pat­tern. Oth­ers are prac­tic­ing their jumps, land­ing on one foot with their arms out­stretched.

Each skate with the Con­cep­tion Bay North Skat­ing Club and each are pre­par­ing for the East­ern divi­sion­als, a com­pe­ti­tion be­ing held at the Bay Roberts rink Jan. 25-26.

Those skat­ing tonight are in dif­fer­ent parts of their rou­tines, iron­ing out some rough patches ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion that will see the club wel­come skaters from St. John’s to Clarenville, and all points in be­tween.

Divi­sion­als are nor­mally a qual­i­fier for the pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tion, but there is added pres­sure this year for the 165 skaters reg­is­tered for the event. It is also the qual­i­fier for the 2014 New­found­land and Labrador Win­ter Games be­ing held in Clarenville March 1-9.

That por­tion of the Games is set for the Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia Sta­dium in Whit­bourne.

CBNSC pres­i­dent Char­lotte Par­sons fig­ures there are some 35 lo­cal skaters reg­is­tered for divi­sion­als in “pretty much ev­ery cat­e­gory.” “We’re very ex­cited to be host­ing,” she said. “I don’t know why be­cause it’s a lot of work,” Par­sons adds with a laugh.

Along with spec­tac­u­lar per­for­mances on the ice, the club will be high­light­ing its 40-year his­tory with a mu­ral.

CBNSC has a his­tory of suc­cess at the divi­sional level.

Last year, 13 skaters from the club qual­i­fied for provin­cials.

“Our skaters are all com­pet­i­tive,” said Par­sons. “For some of them, it might be their only com­pe­ti­tion this year, de­pend­ing on the level their at.”

While skaters have been com­pet­i­tive in the past, the club does not set ex­pec­ta­tions on how it will do in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We al­ways tell them to do their best,” said Par­sons.

The East­ern Divi­sion­als is sched­uled to get started at 9 a.m. at the Bay Arena on Jan. 25 with the first group in the Star 3 di­vi­sion.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Char­lotte Par­sons is pres­i­dent of the Con­cep­tion Bay North Skat­ing Club.

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