There are about a dozen skaters moving around the ice at the Bay Arena on Jan. 16.
© Photo by Nicholas Mercer/The Compass
Charlotte Parsons is the president of the Conception Bay North Skating Club.
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 are preparing for the Eastern Divisionals competition being held at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts 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.
Parsons and the rest of the executive are meeting in club’s room in the left corner of the stadium.
Overlooking the ice, the group is hammering out last minute details for the rather large competition.
“Preparations are going really good,” said Parsons.
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 after succeeding at the divisional competition.
“Our skaters are all competitive,” said Parsons. “A couple have competed already this year, while others this will be their first.
“For some of them, it might be their only competition this year, depending on the level they're 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 start at 9 a.m. at the Bay Arena on Jan. 25 with the first group in the Star 3 division.