Big smile comes over Sophie Dawe upon completion of her free skate routine. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Big smile comes over Sophie Dawe upon completion of her free skate routine. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Fuller Lake Skating Club’s Sophie Dawe

Senior skater missing competitions like crazy at this stage of her development

Fuller Lake Skating Club members are grateful to still be skating as restrictions continue to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There’s been lots of adjustments for the skaters, but they’re doing what’s required to stay safe on and off the ice.

The skating sessions are one thing, but competitions haven’t been happening. They’re all hopeful of a return in the new year.

It’s an especially big deal to senior skater Sophie Dawe, 16, of Ladysmith who’s in Grade 11 at Nanaimo Secondary School.

“I miss competitions like crazy,” she indicated. “I’ve put so much effort into my skating for so many years and I was hoping I could really show it this year but maybe after a vaccine is distributed we’ll get back to it.

“My age will definitely affect my skating development as I don’t have many years left in the rink. It might affect it in a good way, though, as I can focus on getting all my jumps, spins, dances and skills.”

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Sophie Dawe gets into the rhythm of her routine. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Sophie Dawe gets into the rhythm of her routine. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Great skate is performed by Sophie Dawe during a rare chance to run through her free skate routine since there are currently no preparations for competitions happening. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Great skate is performed by Sophie Dawe during a rare chance to run through her free skate routine since there are currently no preparations for competitions happening. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Skating skill of Sophie Dawe is clearly in evidence during her free skate routine. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Skating skill of Sophie Dawe is clearly in evidence during her free skate routine. (Photo by Don Bodger)