Figure skaters flock to Kentville for Fall Skate

Published on November 19, 2016

Jennika Graves smiles while her mother, Darlene Redden-Graves, centre, and another parent volunteer Denise Huntley Cameron watch the competition at the Fall Skate in Kentville.

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KENTVILLE NS – “This is the first competition of the year,” said Kentville Silver Gliders coach Ashley Walkinshaw.

“The others are usually from January through March, so this is really exciting for the home club,” said Walkinshaw. “After this we’ll know better what to work on.”
Members of 15 figure skating clubs from across Nova Scotia were in town Nov. 19 for a long day of competition. The day was divided up into team, solo and element events.
Most skaters were between the ages of nine to 13, but Walkinshaw said some were young as six or seven.
“There are no adults this year, so probably the oldest is 18.”
The Kentville Silver Gliders hosted the Fall Skate Competition at the Kentville Centennial Arena. There were 140 participants from across the province on the ice to partake in the event.
According to Walkinshaw, synchronized skating is growing in popularity as a team sport.
“It’s all about your comfort level on a team where you belong. The competition is awesome,” she said.
Jennika Graves, a 12-year-old skater from Kentville, likes skating in the local rink and enjoys the fun of both skating and dressing up.
President Darlene Redden-Graves and Denise Huntley Cameron, who is vice president of the club, expressed their appreciation for the many volunteers who made the event happen.
Competition began at 8 a.m. and was scheduled right up until 10 p.m.