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Community Performance Series allows figure skaters the chance to practice in front of the big crowds

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
January 24th, 2012

The Nelson Figure Skating club Community Performance Series is back.

During the recent KIJHL game between Nelson Leafs and Fernie Ghostriders, Saturday January 14, fans had the luxury of witnessing 11-year-old Charly Defouw skate a program before the more than 500 fans in attendance.

Defouw was the first of many Nelson Figure Skaters that will perform between periods during Leaf home games.

“Performing in front of judges makes a lot of skaters nervous,” explained publicity chair Murray Kimber.

“If our skaters can perform their routine in front of a big crowd at a hockey game, we feel that experience will help them with their focus and confidence for competition.”

After training morning, noon and night for the past four months, the Nelson Figure Skating Club takes to the road for the competitive part of the season.

The season kicked off this past weekend in Creston at the Kootenay Regionals before Nelson skaters travel to Cranbrook in February for the Rocky Mountain FreeSkate Competition.

Nine skaters from Nelson traveled to Creston while most of the club is planning to attend the Rocky Mountain FreeSkate.

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