Olympic medallist leads hockey skating seminars in Quinte region

Virginia Clinton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
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Olympic figure skating silver medallist and Trenton local Elizabeth Manley will be hosting a power skating seminar in Madoc, Sunday, November 8, with seminars in Trenton and surrounding areas to follow.

In 1988, Manley travelled to Calgary to compete in the Winter Olympics and brought home a silver medal in figure skating. Now, Manley is excited to be back on the ice, this time in her hockey skates, to offer hockey players her tips and secrets to great skating.

Laura Levtov, co-founder, director, head coach and edge specialist at PowerSkating Academy is a passionate athlete with over 30 years of competitive coaching experience and has partnered with Manley to develop power skating seminars in Quinte West despite COVID-19.

Manley will lead participants through her secrets to great skating during the on-ice portion of the seminar followed by a “Mindset of a Champion” off-ice talk where she will share the highs and lows on her journey to the Olympic podium.

“Having been great friends with Laura, we decided to help kids feeling bad with the world today and isolation,” said Manley. “We wanted to bring something special to them and get them out on the ice again, with all restrictions following COVID protocols.”

One year, Manley was off the ice for 26 weeks due to injuries, relatable to how the ongoing pandemic has forced hockey players in the community off the ice. Manley and Levtov said the power skating seminars will be a much-needed morning of fun, inspiration and hope for athletes and their training during these unprecedented times.

“In these challenging times it will be great for the players to hear about the many struggles Elizabeth had making her way to the Olympic podium, both physically and mentally,” said Levtov.

“Never let anyone tell you that you will never be successful!” said Manley. “Only you can control the success and hard work, and that’s how dreams come true.”

“I feel this is an amazing opportunity to have an enjoyable experience on the ice and hear from a champion of their struggles and how they continued to climb up,” said Levtov. “I am so excited to be able to share Elizabeth Manley with the hockey players of this area.”

Levtov said that she had always felt that there was never enough time set aside in hockey to work on skill development. With COVID-19 looming over hockey season in the Quinte community, Manley and Levtov figured this would be a great opportunity to offer independent skillset training.

“As a player, as you rise up in your own, individual skillset, you rise your team up,” added Levtov. “During these unprecedented times, we can focus on what we truly love doing and be grateful for today, because tomorrow truly is never guaranteed.”

The seminar will run in two different groups; Group 1 will be from 8:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. and Group 2 will follow from 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Registration is $45 and can be done by emailing Laura at laura@powerskatingacademy.com.

All participants are required to complete a COVID-19 assessment form before entering the arena.

Virginia Clinton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Intelligencer