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Figure skating club to host exhibition Sunday

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The Border Figure Skating Club will host an exhibition Sunday at Memorial Arena to help prepare its skaters for the 25th-annual Sunset Country Regional competition slated here Jan. 16-18.

“What [the exhibition] does is allow our skaters a chance to perform their solos in front of an audience and get a feel of the ice before the actual competition,” BFSC president Tammy DeAmicis said yesterday.

“Usually the first time the kids get to skate in front of an audience is during the competition,” she noted.

Cost for the three-hour show, which runs from 3:30-6:30 p.m., will be a silver collection at the door.

DeAmicis said this is the first time in several years the local club has put together a pre-competition show but added it’s an idea that’s been in the works for quite some time.

“People have suggested [we do this] and we finally got together and did the planning,” she added.

The regional competition next month is the only one in the Rainy River-Kenora districts this year, said DeAmicis, adding it will be a chance for the top skaters to advance to the Northern Ontario Sectionals in Terrace Bay.

“On Friday afternoon, the skaters who want to will compete for a chance to go to the sectionals against other skaters who won their regionals,” noted DeAmicis.

Next month’s competition will attract 246 skaters from across the district, including 75, ranging in age from five to 18 years, who comprise the Fort Frances, Emo and Rainy Rainy clubs.

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