Coaldale Figure Skating Club
According to a recent media release, the Coaldale Figure Skating Club (CFSC) celebrated another year of outstanding achievements at its annual Awards Night on Apr. 4.
Several dedicated members received some well-deserved hardware to acknowledge their athletic efforts over the 2016-17 season.
The CanSkate program had four medal winners: Kylie Knoblich was awarded “CanSkater of the Year,” Ava Doherty and Sean Wescott earned “CanSkate Champion” titles, and Taite Meyer received the “Spirit of Skating Award.”
As an essential part of the CanSkate program, Program Assistants work alongside our professional coaches to ensure the success of all skaters on the ice.
This year’s “Program Assistant of the Year” was awarded to Chelsea Carroll, with Mackenzie Curtis earning “Honorable Mention” in this category. The StarSkate coaching staff, Bree Dupas and Shaelin Westerson, chose Janae Smyth as the “Most Improved Junior StarSkater” with Samantha Smith and Kinsey Ducharme earning “Honorable Mention” in this category. Mackenzie Curtis was awarded the “Most Improved Senior StarSkater.”
The Club’s “Sportsmanship Award” is selected by the StarSkate athletes and their coaching staff. The Junior StarSkate recipient was Janae Smyth, along with Emry Schoenne, who earned an Honorable Mention. Reanne Bouvier was this year’s Senior StarSkate recipient.
The 2016-17 CFSC year-at-a-glance was very successful with several accomplishments worth noting.
We implemented the “Duso’s Skater of the Month” program, where each month our CanSkate coaches would select and submit one female and one male skater to our office. These nominees had the chance of being selected to receive a $100 bursary, compliments of Duso’s Pasta.
Karl Trapp-Reuter was a successful submission and was chosen by Skate Canada AB-NWT/Nunavut as “Duso’s Male Skater of the Month” for the month of April.
In conjunction with Skate Canada’s implementation of the new Star 1-5 program, the CFSC hosted a Low Test Day in January, where 12 of our athletes tested a combined total of 39 tests; including several dances, elements, skills, and free skates under the combined scrutiny of their coaches and a Skate Canada evaluator.
Our athletes finished the day successfully with a 90 per cent pass rate, which is an impressive accomplishment to say the least.
The CFSC’s 2nd Annual “Reach for the Stars” Fun Meet was also held in January and our “Canada 150” Carnival was performed on Mar. 16.
ATB Financial generously sponsored $1,000 towards this year’s celebratory carnival and made their cheque presentation at our Apr. 4 Awards Night.
Most recently, 10 of our StarSkate members competed in 12 events at the Chinook Open Invitational in Lethbridge Mar. 31-Apr. 2, and the following ribbons were achieved: One gold (Samantha Smith), five silver (Kinsey Ducharme, Emry Schoenne, Adra Schoenne, Mackenzie Curtis (two), and three bronze (Otto Trapp-Reuter, Brianna Ducharme, Kayleigh Klima). A fourth-place finish was earned by Chelsea Carroll and two merit ribbons (Kayleigh Klima, Janae Smyth) were awarded as well.
It was a rewarding end to a successful season and an inspiring show of talent by our skaters and their coaches. Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed to the success of our club this year.
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