Skating registration held next week

Skaters are preparing to lace up their skates and get on the ice as the Summerland Skating Club holds its registration next week.

Skaters are preparing to lace up their skates and get on the ice as the Summerland Skating Club holds its registration next week.

Registration will be at the Summerland Arena on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The registration evening will also include a skate and dress swap.

Dale Wood, a coach with the skating club, said the skating club offers instruction for ages four and up.

The Tiny Tots program for pre-school children and the CanSkate program for beginning skaters are both held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The club has added a power skating program this year.

The program is for ringette and hockey players who wish to hone their existing skating skills. Those in the power skating program should be able to skate forward and backward and stop on command.

Wood said there are many benefits for those who participate in figure skating, in addition to improving fitness.

“Skating takes a lot of self-discipline,” she said. “It takes perseverence and a lot of hard work.”

While there are many girls in the skating club, she would like to see more boys enter the program.

“It’s very athletic,” she said. “You have to be very strong to be a skater.”

Registration forms for the skating club are available at the Summerland Aquatic Centre.

Information about the club is available online at summerlandskatingclub.com.