Terrace Skating Club making the most of limited ice time

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The Terrace Skating Club (TSC) has has been back on the ice since August and has been making due with limited programs and ice times.

There has even been an opportunity for some competition.

The provincial figure skating body, Skate Canada-BC/YT Section, ran a virtual competition in December where skaters submitted video skating solo on their home ice and were judged against other skaters that submitted videos.

TSC skater Makayla Forrest placed 15th out of 37 skaters in the juvenile ladies level in that competition. The club hopes to participate in a possible virtual regional competition in March.

While figure skating programs are happening with COVID-19 precautions in place, there has only been one sheet of ice open at the Terrace Sportsplex. That means there have not been any power skating and other programs.

Figure skating has been able to happen because it is mostly a solo sport. Skaters have been able to practice alone on the ice one after another a few times since August, in what is known as competition simulation. There are no spectators allowed in the arena, so TSC has live streamed those simulations for families to that they can watch.

Jennifer Kuehne, TSC director of skating, said in an email that the club has been able to keep skaters motivated by focusing on assessments and testing where skaters can move up into higher levels.

“We have also had some fun dress up days; Halloween costume day and Christmas sweater day,” Kuehne said.

Masks are not mandatory on the ice, but younger groups have been wearing them since August because it is harder for those groups to physically distance. Now, all skaters are training with masks.

“Once the second wave hit our community the older skaters started to wear masks on the ice while training to help to keep each other safe,” said Kuehne in an email.

“The TSC extends a huge thank you the City of Terrace staff for all their hard work navigating these tough times so we can stay on the ice!”

Ben Bogstie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Interior News