Members of the Golden Figure Skating Club stand with the coach Karen Maynard Nemecek (pictured far right) at one of the first practices of the new season.

Members of the Golden Figure Skating Club stand with the coach Karen Maynard Nemecek (pictured far right) at one of the first practices of the new season.

Golden Figure Skating takes to the ice

Season starts for local figure skaters.

The Golden Figure Skating Club has just kicked off another season of fun on the ice and students are showing more enthusiasm than ever before.

Karen Maynard Nemecek has spent the last three years as a coach with the team  and this will be her first year as the director of skating.

“I think we are headed in a great direction. I have more skaters going to the very first competition than what we have seen in the last five years. I am impressed that so many of them wanted to do this,” Nemecek said.

A group of skaters will be heading to Kamloops on Oct. 14 for this competiton. People will be able to watch the event by going to the Skate Canada website and following the Skate Buzz link. The energy coming from the students this year can be attributed to many things but Nemecek feels the sport gives the athlete something special when participating. “It starts when you are little or when you are older. The very first thing when you get going is that you feel the speed and the control. There is a sense of freedom. It feels like you are flying when you are on the ice,” she said. “After you get going and if you take the competitive route it is a sense of achievement. It is a great sport because you can do it as a team but it is also a singular sport. It can take ten thousand times to do something correctly but when you get it it gives you this achievement.”

The club is not just about competitions. It is also there for people of all ages who want to learn how to skate for themselves and for fun.

Nemecek has also been working to make sure that skaters are learning more about the sport both on and off the ice. Skaters spend time working as a team, learning about the mental side of the sport and the importance of conditioning.

Anyone interested in learning more can drop by the arena during a practice to see what the team is all about.