The Border Figure Skating Club staged a three-hour exhibition here last Sunday to give local skaters a chance to perform their solos in front of an audience for the first time.
The exhibition, which featured about 35 skaters, helped them gain valuable experience leading up to the 25th-annual Sunset Country regional competition slated Jan. 16-18 at Memorial Arena.
"It was a really good show," enthused BFSC president Tammy DeAmicis. "It gave [our] skaters a chance to get a lot of the bugs out of their performances while they’re out on the ice by themselves.
"All the kids were really happy the way things turned when they got off the ice," she added. "It really feels good when you go out and finish and know you did a good job."
BFSC coach Tannis Mann said the skaters definitely did a good job Sunday, which could prove invaluable especially since many of them have never performed at a regional competition before.
"They really did well, and with the assimilation, they had a chance to get all the jitters out," she said. "The [skate] gave them a chance to adapt in front of a crowd."
Mann also said the exhibition allowed club coaches to observe exactly what the skaters were doing incorrectly, something they were out to correct as early as Monday morning’s practice.
The regional showdown, the only competition in the Rainy River-Kenora districts this season, will attract 246 skaters, including 75 from the Fort Frances, Emo, and Rainy River clubs.