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Skate Martensville Hosting Annual FunFest Event

by Shanine Sealey

Skate Martensville will be hosting FunFest on Sunday, January 29th from 10am-3pm. This regional event is held each year to showcase the younger skaters that are participating in the CanSkate program. Each year, skating clubs from around the region take turns hosting the event, which was last hosted by the Warman/Osler Skating Club in 2020; however, has since been postponed due to the pandemic.

“Skate Martensville is excited to pick up the tradition and be the host of FunFest 2023. This is a skating event where CanSkaters get the opportunity to showcase their skills in a fun and interactive environment,” Coach Nicole Gryba stated.

There will be approximately 50 skaters between the ages of 4-13 participating from ten clubs around the province. Each skater will participate in three events based on their skating level and will receive an evaluation of their performances based on Skate Canada standards at the end of the day. At the end of the event, all participants are rewarded with a copy of their evaluations and an award.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle, a Candy Guess game, food, flowers and podium photos included in the fun-filled afternoon. Everyone is welcome to attend and the event is free-of-charge.

FunFest is a separate event from Skate Martensville’s annual Skating Carnival, which is an ice-show held in March at the end of the season. More information about this season’s Skating Carnival will be announced in February.

“Skate Martensville has been a part of the community since 1985 and is a non-profit skating club sanctioned by Skate Canada. Together with our coaching staff, our club offers a safe and stimulating environment for the whole family to learn skating. We have programming available for all ages and abilities,” Gryba explained.

CanSkate is the most popular program offered, which provides young skaters the opportunity to learn basic fundamentals of skating that pertain to all ice sports including hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating. From there, skaters progress into the STARSkate program where they develop their figure skating skills in the areas of ice dancing, skating skills, free skate, synchronized skating and interpretive skating.

“We also have an Adult program that encourages our 18+ skaters to come onto the ice and learn new skating skills or refresh old ones. And new to our club this year, we have added two synchronized skating teams who will be competing at the Living Skies SynchroSkate Invitational competition in March,” added Gryba.

For more information about Skate Martensville, visit www.skatemartensville.ca.

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