HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY - The Snowflake Skating Club took to the ice at the EJ Broomfield Arena last weekend for their end of year show ‘Disney in the 21st Century’. This was the 43rd Annual Ice Show, an amazing achievement that this has been part of the community for such a long period of time.
Performing two shows, one on Saturday night and the other on Sunday afternoon, the program showcased the all of the respective skating levels and several solo performances. The Arena looked spectacular, adorned with decorations that really set the mood for the shows.
All of the performances were themed to a song from some of the different Disney movies such as Brave, Finding Nemo, Cars, Monster Inc., Tinkerbell to name a few that showcased the commitment and hard work that the skaters and coaches have dedicated throughout the year.
The audience were also treated to the performances of guest skaters, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje. Weaver & Poje are two-time world medalists in Senior Ice Dance and have competed together for over a decade winning over 15 medals on the ISU Grand Prix circuit. Recently they placed 7th at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and won the Bronze Medal at the 2018 ISU World Figure Skating Championships.
Nick Gibbs, Head Coach of the Snowflake Skating Club told The Labradorian that the annual ice show is just that, ‘a show’.
“While the pageantry and costuming are important, what the skaters are really showing is their acquisition of new skills, the manifestation of bonds formed throughout the year, their appreciation for the skating community, and their ability to self-express”
“The addition of the guest skaters allows our athletes in training to see that Olympians are masters of the craft but also they are people too and what drives them the most is their emotional and social attachment to the sport and all that brings to their overall quality of life” said Gibbs.
What was very humbling and great to see was, after the conclusion of the ‘Ice Show’, all of the children who were skating around the ice were joined by Weaver and Poje, for these young athletes to be given the opportunity to engage and skate around with these accomplished performers is an intangible experience that can’t be bought and no doubt will be a memory that the children will hold on to for years to come.