Members of Raft Mountain Skating Club pose during the group’s year-end performance on March 5 at the North Thompson Sportsplex. Photo submitted

Clearwater Skating club puts on crowd-pleasing performance

Many in the audience said it was the group’s best show yet

Raft Mountain Skating Club recently held its year-end performance and head coach Chelsea Hindle said the general consensus from those watching in the stands was that it was the group’s best show in yet.

The performance’s themes were inspired by the movies Aladdin and the Greatest Showman and Hindle said luckily her skaters also have excellent acting chops, which helped well in entertaining the crowd.

“We’ve had a lot of compliments on it and people saying it’s one of the best shows they’ve seen so far from the skating club — I believe it’s because the Greatest Showman is a very popular movie and has amazing music, and not to mention, I have a really great group of skaters who are actors as well basically, they’re really good at what they do,” said Hindle, who’s been putting on the shows for seven years.

“I believe it was just everybody together along with having great movies that bring everybody out and that gets them excited to come watch the show.”

This year the show, which took place on March 5 at the North Thompson Sportsplex, featured about 12 participants from the senior Star Skate program, 15 from the junior Star Skate program, roughly 25 Can Skate participants, and 15 pre Can Skaters, offering a show with skaters of all ages and abilities.

Hindle noted it takes her skaters a lot of time to train throughout the year — about six months — as they get ready for competitions, the last of which takes place in February, then by the time the year-end performance rolls around in early March, the young athletes are in good shape for the show.

“It’s a lot of practice and a lot of work going into all the shows. The choreography, music cutting and trying to choreograph 15 kids in a group, it’s not always the easiest,” she humorously noted.

“We started out with the competition program and then work from September all the way to March on those programs, and after the last competition in February we revamp the program so it matches the new music to the show, but they’ve gotten that practice all year.”

Hindle added it was a great season for Raft Mountain Skating Club and she’s proud of all the skaters for coming so far in their skill development.

“We’ve had them since they were little in our Can Skate (program) and now they’re in our Star Skate program and they’re all working toward doubles and axels now.”

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