Digby skating club skates through the decades

Published on March 16, 2014
Digby Skating Carnival

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<p>Paige Ettinger completes a Y-Grab during her solo performance.</p>

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Digby Skating Carnival

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<p>Junior StarSkaters Madelynn Gaudett, Rand-Lynn Neufeld and Eleanor Orkin are all dressed and eagerly wait for the Digby Area Skating Club’s Carnival ‘Skating Through the Decades’ to begin.</p>

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Digby Skating Carnival

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<p>CanSkater Gwen Longmire sits patiently as her mom Cindy Longmire laces up her skates.</p>

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Digby Skating Carnival

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<p>Josslyn Crocker is all smiles at the start of the skating Carnival.</p>

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Digby Skating Carnival

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<p>It is warm-up time as the Carnival gets underway.</p>

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Digby Skating Carnival

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<p>CanSkate group performs "Little Bitty Pretty One”.</p>

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Digby Skating Carnival

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<p>Spence Robinson is ready for his group to preform ‘Men in Black’.</p>

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Digby Skating Carnival

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<p>Taylor Wood prepares for a spiral during her duet.</p>

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Digby Skating Carnival

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<p>Addison Perry and Taylor Wood relax for a moment after their duet on the ice.</p>

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Digby Skating Carnival

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<p>Junior and Senior Skaters doing their group number "Macarena".</p>

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Digby Skating Carnival

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<p>Senior Skaters Ava O’Neil, Katie Gilliatt, Addison Perry and Ava Mullen wait in line for their next performance.</p>

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Digby Skating Carnival

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<p>Program assistant Amanda Perry, center, presents head coach Candina Doucette and Senior Skater volunteer Taylor Wright with flowers as she expresses her appreciation for their hard work.</p>

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Digby Skating Carnival

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<p>Senior Skater Taylor Wright performs a Y-Grab during her solo.</p>

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Digby Skating Carnival

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Head coach Candina Doucette during her solo performance at the Carnival.

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Digby Skating Carnival

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<p>Senior Skater Katie Oliver skates to the ‘Music Box Dancer’, the story of a music box dancer wanting to be a real dancer.</p>

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Digby Skating Carnival

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<p>Senior Skater Madison Burnie completes a spiral during her solo performance.</p>

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Digby Skating Carnival

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<p>Paige Ettinger leaps in the air during her duet with Katie Oliver near the end of the Carnival.</p>

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Digby Skating Carnival

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<p>Skaters from the Digby Area Skating Club take to the ice for the Finale ’99 Red Balloons’.</p>

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Digby Skating Carnival

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<p>Madison Burnie, left and Amanda Addington collect up a few of the 99 red balloons at the end of the Finale.</p>

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Digby Skating Carnival

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<p>Ava O’Neil holds on to her flowers as she and her dad Tyler Colwell enjoy a moment after the Carnival.</p>

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CanSkate

Published on 22 March 2014

CanSkate participant Kristina Cromwell waits while her grandmother Rowann Barton laces her skates before the start of the Digby Area Skating Club's Carnival on March 15.

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By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER NovaNewsNow.com

Young skaters in colourful costumes spun, spiralled, jumped, flipped, glided, hopped and had a few spills at the  ‘Skating Through the Decades’ Carnival.

Head coach Candina Doucette of the Digby Area Skating Club said nearly 50 skaters from three to 16 years of age participated Saturday, March 15 in the annual event at the Digby Area Arena that showcased their progress through the year.

“Beginners in the CanSkate (Learn to Skate) program all the way up to those in the Junior Bronze level skated to a variety of popular music through the decades,” said Doucette.

The Carnival opened with a CanSkate warm-up that included all the skaters then featured solos, duets and group numbers followed by the Finale ’99 Red Balloons’ for the entire club.

The carnival not only shows parents and family members what the skaters have learned but it serves as an important fundraiser said Doucette.

“We’ve had a lot of community support with local businesses helping to sponsor this program,” she said. “The parental support has been amazing as well and they along with the skaters have made this year a great success.”

Doucette also expressed her appreciation to all the adults and senior skaters who volunteered to help in the CanSkate program and for those who helped make the Carnival a success.

Doucette said the CanSkate program teaches children how to skate and those interested in figure skating work their way up through junior then preliminary and finally into the junior bronze level.

“We had 12 boys in the CanSkate program this year and when they finish most if not all will go into the Initiation Program (IP) for minor hockey,” she said. “This year all our figure skaters were girls.”

Ava O’Neil, a grade three student at DES who completed her first year of Senior StarSkate said she really enjoyed the Carnival and can’t wait for next year to start.

“I had fun doing my solo today,” O’Neil said. “The waltz jump was the most exciting thing for me to learn this year.”

Madelyn Gaudet from Concession said she loved her first year as a Junior StarSkater.

“I love learning to do new things in figure skating like the spiral,” said Gaudet. “I’ve made a lot of new friends here and I’m pretty sure I’ll be coming back next year.”

Doucette pointed out that all CanSkate participants are required to wear helmets to ensure the skater’s safety but do not wear them once they are in the junior level and beyond.

“In figure skating there are always the falls or spills as skaters learn new skills,” said Doucette.

“Paige Ettinger is one of our Senior Skaters who sustained a concussion while attempting a Y-Grab. She was out for six weeks and is under doctor’s orders to only skate if she is wearing a helmet.”

Doucette who has been involved with figure skating at the Digby Area Arena for over 20 years said coaching young skaters is her way to give back what was given to her over the years.

“I have been coaching for three years and this year served as the head coach,” she said. “After the Carnival I was beaming with pride having watched a great group of skaters display their achievements on the ice.

“I am blessed each year with such a great group of kids who remind me why I love skating.”