Brooklyn Puska of Fuller Lake Skating Club in Star 6. (Photo by Peyton Kong)

Brooklyn Puska of Fuller Lake Skating Club in Star 6. (Photo by Peyton Kong)

Skaters get to showcase their talents after all

Replacement event for Island Interclub put together for local clubs

It was an uplifting experience.

The originally-scheduled Vancouver Island Interclub competition planned for Fuller Lake Arena Saturday got postponed due to road conditions and flooding around the region.

In its place, the host Fuller Lake Skating Club came together with members of the Duncan and Kerry Park Skating Club for a fun showcase event, the Vancouver Island Interclub solo performance.

“Regions canceled the competition this weekend, due to the state of emergency of only essential driving,” noted Fuller Lake Skating Club president Luisa Shillingford.

Skaters were very sad about the cancellation so the showcase was at least a chance for them to perform the routines they’ve been working on so hard for the first event with an in-person audience since COVID.

A large group photo was taken at the beginning with the 36 participants – 16 from Fuller Lake, 13 from Duncan and seven from Kerry Park.

Fuller Lake’s Sophie Dawe skated in three events: the Star 8 freeskate, Star 7 short program and Gold Artistic. Clubmate Lucy Street also did the Star 8 freeskate and Star 7 short program.

Friends and family of the skaters came together to show their support and how proud they all are of their efforts leading up to the weekend.

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Coaches Dominic Turgeon and Lorraine Francisty express delight at what they’re witnessing during the skating showcase. (Photo by Peyton Kong)

Coaches Dominic Turgeon and Lorraine Francisty express delight at what they’re witnessing during the skating showcase. (Photo by Peyton Kong)

Sophie Dawe gets things started in her usual electrifying fashion at the showcase with her Star 7 short program. (Photo by Peyton Kong)

Sophie Dawe gets things started in her usual electrifying fashion at the showcase with her Star 7 short program. (Photo by Peyton Kong)

Fuller Lake’s Sophie Dawe performs her magic on the ice in her Star 7 short program. (Photo by Peyton Kong)

Fuller Lake’s Sophie Dawe performs her magic on the ice in her Star 7 short program. (Photo by Peyton Kong)

Fuller Lake’s Ella Donovan in Star 1 Group 1. (Photo by Peyton Kong)

Fuller Lake’s Ella Donovan in Star 1 Group 1. (Photo by Peyton Kong)

Star 3 skater Hannah Riedel-Rothera of Fuller Lake. (Photo by Peyton Kong)

Star 3 skater Hannah Riedel-Rothera of Fuller Lake. (Photo by Peyton Kong)

Liahni Ellis-Donald of the Fuller Lake Skating Club in Star 2. (Photo by Peyton Kong)

Liahni Ellis-Donald of the Fuller Lake Skating Club in Star 2. (Photo by Peyton Kong)

Star 5 13 and older skater Mica Torres Hernandez goes into a spin. (Photo by Peyton Kong)

Star 5 13 and older skater Mica Torres Hernandez goes into a spin. (Photo by Peyton Kong)

Sophie Dawe in Artistic Gold. (Photo by Peyton Kong)

Sophie Dawe in Artistic Gold. (Photo by Peyton Kong)