Artis­tic skaters make grade as club cel­e­brates 3M years

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

SKATERS from around Lochaber have been show­ing off their skills and mak­ing their coach proud.

Mem­bers of Lochaber Artis­tic Roller Skat­ing (LARS) Club took their Fed­er­a­tion Skill Test (Free Dance El­e­ments) ear­lier this month.

Some young­sters were tak­ing their test for the first time and ac­cord­ing to chief coach Frida Alexan­der did very well, with some achiev­ing more than one grade. Adult skater Jane Young com­pleted the skills test and got five grades.

As well as the grad­ing, judge Max Wahid, along with trainer Scott Mac­don­ald and his twin daugh­ters Caitin and Mary, all from Manch­ester, held a two­day work­shop.

Frida Alexan­der said: ‘ Well done to the test skaters who made the club proud.’

The club also cel­e­brated its 30th birth­day on May 10 and Frida thanked mem­bers past and present who have sup­ported the club over the past three decades and pointed out some of her pupils now are the chil­dren of pupils she had when the club first started.

She said: ‘I didn’t think we would last that long.

‘I was 45 when I started and here I am now, 75.

‘How long I will stay is in the lap of the gods.’

Ms Alexan­der said while LARS has had ups and downs like any other club, there is a lot of tal­ent which has helped put the Lochaber branch on the map.

Frida Alexan­der, far right, Lochaber Artis­tic Roller Skat­ing Club coach, with her stu­dents fol­low­ing their suc­cess­ful grad­ing ex­ams.

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