Rossland figure skaters prepare for West Kootenay competition

The Rossland Figure Skating Club hosts the West Kootenay Invitational Figure Skating Competition this weekend.

The Rossland Figure Skating Club (RFSC) hosts the West Kootenay Invitational Figure Skating Competition this weekend.

Over 100 figure skaters from across the Kootenays and Okanagan are expected to compete, with close to 200 entries registered in the many different disciplines throughout the weekend.

Skaters from Rossland, Beaver Valley, Castlegar, Nelson, and Grand Forks will compete against those from as far away as Kimberley, Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood, Columbia Valley, Revelstoke, Armstrong/Enderby, and Summerland.

The RFSC has been organizing and working hard to bring this event to Rossland and with the help of funding from Hosting BC, the province, and Via Sport were able to make it possible.

“Hosting sport events brings people together, attracts visitors, promotes sport and generates revenue – if you’ve ever taken part in or volunteered at a sporting event anywhere in B.C., then you know something about how great sport hosting can be for a community,” said Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development in a release. “Hosting BC is an excellent program that helps make it all happen by funding sporting events throughout the province and we’re proud to support it.”

The competition will consist of many ages and abilities from entry level Star 1 through Juvenile free skate. High Test day goes Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. where officials will judge skaters on their ability to perform many different levels of dance and skills. Saturday and Sunday will include events such as Elements, creative Free Skate Solos, technical Interpretive programs and much more.

The event is open to the public, so everyone can come out and enjoy the grace and beauty that will be on display on the ice over the three days.

For more information or to donate raffle prizes contact Teri Mack at 362-7340 or email terimack@live.ca.