On Sunday, March 13, the Grenfell Figure Skating Club hosted its annual gala, which saw a great turnout in spite of several other events taking place in Grenfell that day.
Breelyn Guidry, Jackson Loveridge and Cody Gorniak skated to ‘Dance’ from the movie ‘Shrek.’
Jesse Yule was crowned the Canskate Champion for Most Improved skater.
Jordyn Speidelsbach and Mary Piot kicked things off by displaying the Canada and Saskatchewan flags, accompanied by the National Anthem, sung by Sarah Piot and Sharne Esterhueyse.
Jordyn Speidelsbach skated to ‘Mine’ by Taylor Swift. Jordyn also graduated from CanSkate, and will now be moving on to StarSkate.
Kenley Krueger skated to ‘Firework’ by Katy Perry.
Kylie Bowen skated to ‘Speak Now’ by Taylor Swift.
Mary Piot performed to ‘Ode to Joy’ by Apocalyptica.
Lexy Gilbertson skated to ‘You Belong to Me’ by Taylor Swift.
Charne Esterhueyse skated to ‘Thunder’ by Boys Like Girls. She was also declared the Canskater of the Year.
Jiwoo Kim skated to ‘Over the Rainbow,’ sung by the cast of Glee.
Sally Kim skated to ‘Tomorrow,’ from Broadway’s Annie, and was declared a Canskate champ for going above and beyond and being a great helper on the team.
At the end of the show, coach Tammy Brooks was presented with a thank you bouquet of flowers from the Grenfell Figure Skating Club, presented by executive members Simone Esterhueyse and Tanya Speidelsbach.
Brooks was delighted with the number of people who turned up at the GRP to see the skaters in action.
“We had a really good turnout for the carnival. I was really surprised at the number of people upstairs when I walked in.”
Brooks has had her hands full this season, dividing her attention between the skating clubs in Grenfell, Broadview and Melville. She plans on making a few changes for next year, including separate ice times for the younger and older skaters, and is also planning on concentrating all of her efforts on Broadview and Grenfell clubs.
“Next year I would love to see more kids get involved.” She generally recommends that only kids aged four and older sign up for skating, but there are a few rare exceptions, like three-year-old Breelyn Guidry. Brooks says her parents simply put her down on the ice and away she went. Breelyn is already planning on joining snowflakes hockey next year.
“She lives for hockey,” Brooks said. “She’s going to be someone to watch, that one.”
Mary Piot and Jordyn Speidelsbach competed in the Region 6 competition in Yorkton, Jordyn coming back with a gold medal, and Mary earning a bronze. It was the very first time either skater had ever competed.
Over all, Brooks feels the season went well, and hopes that the figure skating club will continue to grow.
“It would be nice to see some of the older skaters come back, too. I understand here it town there used to be probably half a dozen really good star skaters, and they just kind of quit.
It would be nice to see the sport come back in town.”