MORRISBURG – Challenging times did not diminish the competitive spirit of skaters with the Morrisburg and District Skating Club.
The club operated its CanSkate and figure skating programs this year under restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This meant that there were no competitions, and the organization’s season-end Ice Show did not happen. There also will not be a celebratory banquet this spring.
“Our skaters were able to maintain their motivation to continue their skating journey,” said MDSC president Rebecca Kelly.
CanSkate skaters earned badges and ribbons in that program. For figure skaters in the STAR program, participants worked on passing their dance, skills, and freeskate testing.
“Our season would not have happened without our dedicated volunteers,” Kelly said. “They stood in the cold wind, blowing snow, and pouring rain, to ensure our skaters were screened for COVID-19 each session.”
The organization’s COVID-19 Oversight Group put in many hours of planning, establishing policies and protocols in line with public health guidance. They ensured the MDSC skaters could return to the ice safely.
Kelly also credited the financial support of local sponsors during the season for their success this year.
“We would not have been able to run our season due to a lack of funding,” she said. “The MDSC would like to thank all the skaters, parents, volunteers, board members and local businesses for making the most of this season.”
“We look forward to September and hopefully a return to some normalcy in our skating world.”
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Leader