Raising the bar next goal for new season

Glengarry Figure Skating Club coach aims to continue to push improvements with core members

COACH TREVOR BUTTENHAM is excited to help the core of the Glengarry Figure Skating Club members improve on last year’s performances. Competitive skating is underway with the next event in October.

COACH TREVOR BUTTENHAM is excited to help the core of the Glengarry Figure Skating Club members improve on last year’s performances. Competitive skating is underway with the next event in October.

With the Glengarry Figure Skating Club’s core returning, continued progression is the goal.

Coach Trevor Buttenham said he doesn’t have any “grandiose plans” for the season.

In his office at McLaren Park Arena, Buttenham has a binder with the skaters’ results from last year. He pulls them out as a point of reference when talking to the skaters and gets them on the ice working to help “thump” those totals.

“This is a sport of many tiny steps,” said Buttenham. “We are looking for little steps that add up.”

From each competition, the skaters receive a report card and it shows where points are lost.

“Then you attack those things,” he said.

However, Buttenham said that personal best performances don’t happen in every competition. Mistake can eliminate the chance for that top score.

Buttenham is excited to continue working with last year’s group. Some have skated during the summer and recently competed two levels higher in Burnaby for the BC/YK Super Series SummerSkate Aug.14-17.

“That was a bit of an eye opener,” he said. “See what happens when you skip that middle level.”

Also on the list of competitions is Autumn Leaves in October, the Okanagan regional interclub at the end of November and regional championships among others. There are a total of seven competitions this season.

Along with the competitive season starting, the skating club is beginning its recreation programs this week: learn to skate, CanPower, power skating and adult.

People interested in signing up for those programs can do so by contacting Buttenham at 250-486-0244 or check their website, www.glengarryfsc.com.