Greenwood synchronized figure skaters say it’s all about teamwork

Kirk Starratt
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Members of the Greenwood Aurora Synchronized Figure Skating Team are excited to be flying to Newfoundland for regionals at the end of the month. – Kirk Starratt, www.kingscountynews.ca

Whether it’s holding a fundraiser or competing on the ice, it takes a team effort to succeed.

The Greenwood Aurora Synchronized Figure Skating Team held a ticket auction and tea fundraiser at the Berwick Fire Hall on Jan. 18 to raise money to help pay for their upcoming trip to regionals in Mount Pearl, NL, from Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

Team member Brooke Johnson of Berwick is only nine years old, but she has already spent five years as a synchronized figure skater. She also figure skates as an individual. Johnson said she enjoys working as a team and she’s excited to be going to Newfoundland. When it comes to synchronized skating, you “all have to be the same,” she said.

“Your feet have to be the same as everyone else’s,” she said. “When you’re figure skating alone, you can do a lot more movement.”

Team member Lauren Young of Greenwood is 11 years old and has been synchronized figure skating for three years. She also figure skates individually.

“When you’re all in a group, you have to be in time and you have to do everything to the music together,” Young said.

When you’re figure skating as an individual, “you have to remember everything. You don’t have anyone else on the ice with you.”

Young said she likes the girls on the team and they all depend on each other. She enjoys the camaraderie and social aspect of being part of the group and says she has made some great friends.

Team manager Shannon May said they don’t have a specific fundraising goal. They’re trying to raise as much money as possible to keep the cost to parents as low as they can. If there is any money left over, the team plans to put it toward expenses involved in competing in provincials in Kentville in March.

Team manager LeeAnn White-Young said the trip to Newfoundland would be the first time the team has to fly to a competition and most of the team members haven’t visited the province before.

“The girls are thrilled,” she said.

There are 12 girls from across Kings and Annapolis counties on the team. They range in age from eight to 15 years and compete at the elementary level. White-Young said there are four synchronized figure skating teams in Kings County: the Greenwood team, two out of Kentville and an adult women’s team out of Acadia.

Although the teams are separate, White-Young said they work together as much as they can. She said Ann Young currently coaches three of the teams, with the exception of the adult team at Acadia, although she used to coach them as well.

Organizations: Greenwood Aurora Synchronized Figure Skating Team

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Mount Pearl, Kentville Kings Acadia Annapolis

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