The Tumbler Ridge Figure Skating Club was in top form for its annual Skating Carnival on Thursday, March 11th. The rink was beautifully decorated with many bright lights, a piano keyboard and pair of huge glasses. The stands were packed as the skaters performed their magic on ice to the music of Elton John. Things got started with the Beginner group, dressed up as lions, skating to ?Hakuna Matada? from the Lion King, which was written by Elton John. Many solos, duets and trios were performed by skaters from the Intermediate and Senior groups. The Intermediate group finished off the first half of the program skating to ?Honky Cat? all dressed in black, complete with cat tails and ears. At the intermission many 50/50 tickets were bought, and the winner of $150 was a grandparent of one of the skaters who had just flown in from Vancouver.
The audience was very impressed with guest skater Tess Connelly from the Mile 0 Figure Skating Club in Dawson Creek. Only 10 years old, Tess did two performances that showed her skill and grace with many beautiful spins and jumps. Performing to ?Pinball Wizard?, the senior group skated an upbeat and fun number which was the last one on the program. However, coach Jacki Vanderhorst surprised and thrilled the skaters when she stepped onto the ice. Jacki skated a beautiful performance to ?Candle in the Wind?, which was a highlight for the local skaters. At the end of the evening, all of the skaters were introduced and skated one final lap. A gift basket was given to Tess Connelly, and coaches Marlene Marshall and Jacki Vanderhorst were presented with flowers by the skaters.
Ron Colledge did a wonderful job once again as MC, and also by leading everyone in the singing of our national anthem. The Tumbler Ridge Figure Skating Club would like to thank everyone who came out to support our skaters. We would also like to thank Ron Colledge, Marsha Dufresne, the businesses who donated items for the gift baskets, the parents who helped sew costumes and decorate the arena, and of course our wonderful coaches Jacki and Marlene.