Leah Brown shows her superb balance in a free skate routine. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Leah Brown shows her superb balance in a free skate routine. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Fuller Lake Skating Club’s Leah Brown

Young skater missing the chance to compete in front of crowds

Fuller Lake Skating Club members are thankful to still be on the ice, but miss being in the spotlight of skating in competitions.

Leah Brown, 13, a Grade 8 Chemainus Secondary School student, has come a long way in the last few years and hoping she’ll get a chance soon to continue that progression against other girls in her same category.

“I do miss competitions and competing in front of large crowds of people,” conceded Brown. “Not being able to compete because of COVID may affect me by making me more nervous to skate in front of more people when the times comes.

“We are now used to skating in front of close to nobody and working on our skating skills rather then the performing aspects of figure skating.”

Brown went on to say she is happy that COVID hasn’t shut down Fuller Lake skating sessions entirely so she can stay in shape and get the necessary exercise.

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From home to the ice in no time. Leah Brown essentially lives right across the street from Fuller Lake Arena. (Photo by Don Bodger)

From home to the ice in no time. Leah Brown essentially lives right across the street from Fuller Lake Arena. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Poise and confidence are a big part of Leah Brown’s skating. She’s been a late starter compared to many girls, but gaining fast on that time lapse. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Poise and confidence are a big part of Leah Brown’s skating. She’s been a late starter compared to many girls, but gaining fast on that time lapse. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Leah Brown loves to skate and her skills are continuing to improve rapidly. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Leah Brown loves to skate and her skills are continuing to improve rapidly. (Photo by Don Bodger)