After a big night on the ice at the Morrisburg Arena, where they dazzled hundreds of figure skate fans and family members at their annual skate show, the Canskate skaters of the Morrisburg and District Skating Club put the final spin on their season, Sunday afternoon, March 29.
The young skaters hung up their skates for the season to attend a gala ice cream party at the Operating Engineers facility east of Morrisburg where each of them were recognized for their accomplishments and treated to some heaping helpings of ice cream and all sorts of trimmings.
After each of the skaters was presented the ribbons and badges they had earned this year, three CanSkate individuals were recognized with Skate Canada Awards.
Each year, Skate Canada CanSkate Champion awards are presented to deserving skaters within the club who demonstrate the qualities that embody the “Spirt of a Champion”–determination, discipline, perseverance and a positive attitude.
This year’s awards were presented to Grace Smail and Kerri Kelly.
Also each year a skateris recognized as “CanSkater of the year” and this year the honour was awarded to Allison Eamon.
The Skate Canada CanSkater of the Year Award recognizes a skater who demonstrates talent and passion for the sport of figure skating.
This year Allison, who is completing her second year of skating, worked hard to pass Stage One and Stage Two badges.
In being selected as this year’s winner, the Club noted that “Allison is a good representative for the CanSkate Athlete Award because of her eagerness to learn and to improve her skills. She participates actively at each CanSkate station and always has a positive attitude, even when something is challenging. She’s always one of the first skaters on the ice with her bubbly personality and a great big smile.”
As Allison’s coach, Ali Van Hoof said, “It is a pleasure to coach her. She is a very determined young skater who truly enjoys the sport of skating. She always listens to my instructions and focuses on improving her skills. It’s clearly evident that Allison will be skating for many years to come.”