North Lanarkshire figure skaters end disappointing year on a high
The North Lanarkshire Figure Skating Club managed to hold a UK ice skating test session to close a disappointing 2020.
And coach Gemma Chaddock and daughter Mollie took advantage of sub-zero temperatures in January to skate the frozen Glenboig Loch with their daughter Mollie.
The club’s tryout took place in December, with strict social distancing measures in place, and the coaches and skaters were just delighted to be back on the ice, with all the skaters passing by.
Committee member Claire Doran said: “The skaters were only back on the ice three days before the event, but there were fabulous passes for our skaters on a rink secured by Covid.
“We are very grateful to the management of Time Capsule, North Lanarkshire Council and British Ice Skating for working with the club to facilitate as much ice time as possible for our skaters and coaches.
“We missed our Christmas gala this year, but it was great to end with some new accomplishments for some of our skaters. “
Club Welfare Officer Lee McAdam said: “Many rinks across the country cannot afford to open due to the pandemic situation and we are one of the lucky ones who got our ice back. .
“We would like to thank the North Lanarkshire Council, NL Leisure, and the management team and staff of The Time Capsule for making this possible.
“Due to the pandemic, the annual goals for the skaters were extremely affected and it was great to see them take something positive out of 2020.
“While in lockdown, the skaters worked off the ice via Zoom with their coaches, focusing on their flexibility and jumps.
“They have also participated in numerous masterclasses with skating professionals from around the world to keep the skating community motivated during the pandemic.
“Skaters normally train six days a week in the morning before school and in the evening after school, so having that taken away for so many months has been very difficult for them and all of their competitions and events have been canceled.
“We are all very proud of their resilience during these difficult times and everyone at the club is thankful to be back on the ice doing what they love.
“We ended the year with a positive result where some of our skaters passed their test successfully.”
The club are now awaiting news of when they can return to the ice.
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