FUN ON ICE

Young figure skaters enjoy learning new skills, preparing for spring show

 

Young members of the Marquette Figure Skating Club are shown at practice with their coach. (Photo courtesy of Jamie Weigold)

By 8-18 Media
People first began ice-skating around 3,000 years ago in Finland when they made primitive skates out of animal bones, according to softschools.com. Figure skating was the first winter sport to be included in the 1908 Olympics, according to kidsconnect.com. Figure skating has come a really long way over the years and now it is known as a competitive and fun sport for young athletes, and excelling at it takes time and dedication.
Marquette Figure Skating Club is a local non-profit organization that has been around since 1971. Marquette Figure Skating Club offers figure skating lessons to youth in the Marquette area, whether they are beginners or more experienced skaters. It offers group lessons, private lessons, opportunities for young skaters to compete, fundraising opportunities and a once-a-year spring ice show complete with a theme, costumes, and music that is open to the public to come out and enjoy.
This past winter was long and harsh, but local kids who take figure skating lessons from the Marquette Figure Skating Club didn’t let the cold and the snow stop them from practice, practice, practice. Jamie Weigold is one of the coaches for the Marquette Figure Skating Club. Weigold said she started skating when she was only five years old. She fell in love with the sport when her mom brought her to start taking lessons at Lakeview Arena. She has been coaching for 26 years and she was inspired to start coaching because of her love for being on the ice and her love for working with kids. Weigold teaches several classes every week as well as private lessons…

 

This year’s performance is titled, “Around The World,” and will be held at Lakeview Arena on April 26 and 27. Tickets are available from NMU ticket outlets and online. For more information about Marquette Figure Skating Club please visit their website at www.marquettefigureskating.org.
(Written by Anna Martinson, 14, and Ivy Pomeroy, 9, with contributions by Lucy Bartlett, 14.)

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