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Skate Amherstburg presents first-ever “Leap Into Spring” gala


Skaters from Amherstburg, as well as a couple of surrounding clubs, showed their skills off at a first-ever event last week.

Skate Amherstburg presented the “Leap Into Spring” gala last Thursday night at the Libro Centre. A total of sixteen performances were featured from singles and doubles skates to synchro skates.

Synchro coach Shelley Knapp explained that it was a chance for skaters to perform as it can be a challenge to find competitions around this area.

“We’re doing a little show for the synchro team,” Knapp said. “There’s not a lot of competitions around here.”

Competitions are often several hours away, with Knapp noting the synchro teams recently had to travel to Oakville for the Synchro Series #3 event. While there, the Starlights claimed a silver medal while the Diamond Divas had a fifth place finish.

The two synchro teams under Skate Amherstburg’s umbrella – the Diamond Divas and the Starlights – were part of the performance. Members of the Riverside and South Windsor skating clubs also participated in last Thursday night’s event.

Including the Riverside and South Windsor skaters, Knapp estimated roughly 30 skaters participated.

Knapp added they are open to having the “Leap Into Spring” gala become an annual event, depending on feedback from this year.

“It’s new,” she said. “We’re trying it for the first time this year.”

Skate Amherstburg’s annual ice show comes up April 7 back at the Libro Centre. This year’s theme is “Little Bit Country, Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

Skate Amherstburg presents first-ever “Leap Into Spring” gala

By Ron Giofu

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