Hal­loween fun on ice

Skat­ing club gets all dressed up

The Gananoque Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - LORI KIDD VELKOVA

The Hal­loween Skate is al­ways a spe­cial night for the skaters of the Gananoque Skat­ing Club (GSC). The skaters are en­cour­aged to wear cos­tumes, safe ones of course, no long scarves or drag­ging fab­rics and there are spooky dec­o­ra­tions around the arena. Most of the skaters par­tic­i­pate as well as the Pro­gram As­sis­tants and Coaches with a nice ar­ray of po­lice caps taped to hel­mets and the al­ways pop­u­lar cat ears and whiskers. It cre­ates a lovely fes­tive at­mos­phere while the skaters con­tinue their lessons and ex­er­cises on the ice. Af­ter­wards the skaters re­ceived well- de­served treats baked and/or do­nated by the Clubs ded­i­cated par­ent vol­un­teers.

The Club al­ways makes a big deal be­fore Christ­mas, too. A spe­cial guest of­ten comes on the ice and treats are a high­light as well. That spe­cial evening is es­pe­cially fun for the CanSkaters be­cause lessons are put off and they get full run of the ice for the en­tire ses­sion.

If you are wish­ing that you had signed up for skat­ing lessons for your­self or your kids, you are still wel­come to do so! Our CanSkate pro­gram serves all ages and abil­i­ties, twice a week. Regis­tra­tion and ice fees will be pro­rated to the date of your first skate. A tal­ented skater can com­plete the pro­gram in a short amount of time. Skills are con­tin­u­ally built on the foun­da­tional skills pre­vi­ously learned. GSC has skaters of all ages and abil­i­ties and pro­grams that of­fer min­i­mal or max­i­mal ice time de­pend­ing on your in­ter­est.

Upon com­plet­ing the CanSkate pro­gram, the GSC of­fers the STAR Skate pro­gram over three ses­sions per week. This is a fun, low stress pro­gram for im­prov­ing skaters to com­plete and it doesn’t re­quire travel or com­pe­ti­tions, though those are still a pos­si­bil­ity. STAR stands for Skills, Tests, Achieve­ment, and Recog­ni­tion. STAR Skate of­fers op­por­tu­ni­ties for skaters to de­velop fun­da­men­tal fig­ure skat­ing skills in the ar­eas of ice dance, skat­ing skills, free skate and in­ter­pre­tive skat­ing. These skills are taught in a group, semi-pri­vate and/ or pri­vate les­son for­mat in a pro­gres­sive and se­quen­tial man­ner with specif­i­cally de­signed awards and in­cen­tives to keep the ath­letes ea­ger to ac­com­plish the next level.

For fu­ture hockey stars, GSC of­fers a pop­u­lar Power Skills pro­gram for ages 4-7 or 8-13 who have some pre­vi­ous skat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and want to hone their skat­ing abil­i­ties and be­come bet­ter play­ers.

The next 8-week ses­sion will start Jan­uary 2018.

Find Gananoque Skat­ing Club on Face­book for more in­for­ma­tion or at www.gananoqueskat­ing­club.

Hal­loween at the Gananoque Skat­ing Club.

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Hal­loween at the Gananoque Skat­ing Club.

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