Young skaters like Chinemelum Okonkwo of the Trail Skating Club’s Canskate program celebrated Halloween with a fun dress up session at the  kids rink at the Trail Memorial Centre Thursday.

Young skaters like Chinemelum Okonkwo of the Trail Skating Club’s Canskate program celebrated Halloween with a fun dress up session at the kids rink at the Trail Memorial Centre Thursday.

Canskate: New skaters get new program

The Trail Skating Club is back on the ice and is offering a new and improved Canskate program for beginner skaters.

The Trail Skating Club is back on the ice and is offering a new and improved Canskate program for beginner skaters.

The revamped Canskate program, led by head coach Sabrina Hinson, was introduced by Skate Canada over the summer to get the children up and moving faster while maintaining the fun elements and challenges to suit all levels and ages.

“Our goal is to offer  ‘learning to skate’ for all children, in a fun atmosphere, (for kids) that are interested in figure skating, hockey, or recreation,” said club secretary Jan Westbury. “This program helps teach them skills needed to be successful with their skating and go on to whatever their dreams are.”

Twenty skaters ages three to 10 have signed up for the fall program, but the club is always open for more, as the sessions are prorated for latecomers.

The highlight of the sessions are the many fun days for the skaters such as Beach Day, Backwards Day, and a Halloween skate just to name a few.

The Club was recently buoyed by generous donations from Kootenay Savings and the LeRoi Foundation and also fundraises to keep costs down. Residents can also donate their recyclables at the Recycle Depot on Rossland Ave. Just add empties to the Skating Club bin to help them get a leg up on another year.

Registration for the winter session which runs from Jan. 3 to mar. 14 is on Dec. 13 from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. in the Trail Skating Club room at the Cominco Arena.

The Trail Skating Club also offers a Starskate program for skaters more advanced, that runs on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Contact Linda Walker at 250-364-1055.