Gliding to a milestone

Snowflake Skating Club hosting 40th Ice Show

Evan Careen
Published on March 14, 2016

Canadian national skating champion Kaetlyn Osmond will participate in the Snowflake Skating Club’s 40th Ice Show.

©Photo from Skate Canada

Since 1975 the Snowflake Skating Club has been teaching young people in the Happy Valley – Goose Bay area the finer points of figure skating.

This year, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the club’s annual ice show they are bringing in a special guest, two-time Canadian national champion Kaetlyn Osmond.

George Andrews, co-chair of the ice show committee, said it’s good for the club to have Osmond at the show and they hope her experiences will be good for the kids to hear. He said it can be difficult to get a skater of her caliber here.

“We’ve had some luck in the past getting some big skaters but it’s usually just before they become big,” Andrews said. “With Kaetlyn we figured with her being from Newfoundland and Labrador, from a small town, she can attest to what it takes to get where she is coming from a tiny place and the kids can relate to that.”

He said Osmond is a good role model and the kids, who get an hour and half seminar with her on a Saturday, are really excited to hear her speak. Osmond, a Marystown native, has been the 2012 Skate Canada champion, two-time Nebelhorn Trophy champion and a two-time Canadian national champion.

The event, which will be at the E.J. Broomfield Memorial Arena on March 25 and 26, is the end of year event for the club, which will see all the skaters perform.

“It highlights all the kids in our club at their different levels,” Andrews said. “They’ll all do a number, some of our solo skaters will skate their solos and Kaetlyn will be performing both nights as well.”

The club is still going strong after four decades, Andrews said, with more than 100 kids enrolled each year. He said the number has fluctuated over the years but the organization has always done well.

“It started way back when and we’ve been lucky to have some good people around, board and coach wise,” he said. “It’s a tremendous organization.”

The event starts at 6 p.m. on Good Friday, March 25th and tickets are $20. They are available at Hamilton Drugs and Warr’s Pharmacy.