Local club to host Eastern divisionals
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.
Charlotte Parsons is president of the Conception Bay North Skating Club.