Busy season for local figure skaters – Houston Today
Registration is up slightly at the Houston Figure Skating Club this skating season and a full series of events are planned.
“Like everything, adapting has been a challenge,” noted Elaine Kaszas of the club’s response to COVID-19 which has affected its operations.
“New safety plans need to be created and updated when public health orders change; rules and regulations must be followed, ”she said, adding that the club was following the guidelines of provincial and national skating organizations and local authorities.
From November 26 to 28, Kla-How-Ya, a regional skating competition held annually at a different location, is fast approaching. This year, it’s in Kitimat.
Up to 10 skating clubs stretching across the northeast and as far as Quesnel participate in this competition each year. In Chinook trade parlance, Kla-How-Ya translates to “hello”.
The Houston club hosted the 2019 Kla-How-Ya competition, a task made more difficult as it took place at the Smithers Arena while there was a delay in setting up the ice. in the local arena.
“The regional will be in Williams Lake in January and we have discussed the possibility of attending the Super Series event in Kelowna in March,” Kaszas said.
There are now approximately 50 registered skaters and a bring a friend day is planned for early December by Stephanie Auston, the club’s head coach and director of skating.
This will be followed on December 10 by a Christmas gala at the arena.
And planning has already started for the club’s first annual event, its carnival.
“We already have a theme planned. The costume making and decorating projects are in full swing, ”Kaszas said.
“We have already had the chance to receive sponsorships for this event. Since the pandemic has put a damper on our annual carnival in recent years, we have big plans to make this year’s carnival bigger and better. “
In addition to local sponsorship, the club received a grant of $ 7,500 from gaming revenues collected by the provincial government.
“The provincial grant is something that we ask for every year. All funds received are used to help subsidize some ice costs, ”Kaszas said.
“We’re a small club with small groups of kids practicing one to three days a week and all funds help keep our registration fees more affordable for families.”
Head Coach Auston will be joined this year by Assistant Coach Jessica Els, a graduate of the club.
Registration is still open and information can be found on its website at houstonfigureskatingclub.weebly.com or through its Facebook page.