Skating coach sees positive strides from skaters

Positive steps were taken by members of the Glengarry Figure Skating Club during the Starskate Super Series final in Kelowna March 8 to 10.

SAMANTHA MCNALLY (middle) and Sara Slater (left) joined with 90-plus members of the Glengarry Figure Skating Club for this year’s annual festival production of Journey Through the Galaxy at Memorial Arena Thursday evening. The show featured young skaters in the CanSkate

SAMANTHA MCNALLY (middle) and Sara Slater (left) joined with 90-plus members of the Glengarry Figure Skating Club for this year’s annual festival production of Journey Through the Galaxy at Memorial Arena Thursday evening. The show featured young skaters in the CanSkate

Positive steps were taken by members of the Glengarry Figure Skating Club during the Starskate Super Series final in Kelowna March 8 to 10.

Jordana McEachern, 10, earned a gold assessment in the free skate but also placed second among 29 skaters in the Intro-interpretive at the Capital News Centre. Also having a strong performance was Nadia Snyman, who placed fifth. Coach Shirley McNally said McEachern’s skate “was amazing” and Snyman was “really good.”

In the Star 3A free skate, Snyman completed her gold assessment, while Isabelle Tuckwood received her silver assessment and Keara Anutooshkin a merit assessment. Tuckwood also received silver in junior silver dance and placed 25th among 29 skaters in Intro-Interpretive. Anutooshkin was 21st.

McNally said this event showed the skaters the extra competitive edge.

“It shows that they fit right in so we’re right on track for their goals and what they want to do,” said McNally.

Entering it, McNally was only thinking about the skaters’ nerves as she wanted them to be relaxed.

“This time around I felt that they were better prepared,” she said. “They were more in control of their own solo and skate.”

Tomorrow the club is hosting its annual ice show Journey Through the Galaxy at Memorial Arena at 6 p.m. While the skaters are on the ice, there will be a fog and light show and they will wear costumes.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Cost is $5 per person and $15 for a family of five.