Nelson skaters finish season with a bang (and a whole lotta of hair gel)

The Nelson Figure Skating Club wrapped up its season on May 5 with its annual skate-a-thon and awards event.

For the Nelson Figure Skating Club's annual skate-a-thon participants dressed in their best 80s clothes.

The Nelson Figure Skating Club wrapped up its season on May 5 with its annual skate-a-thon and awards event.

Twenty-one skaters logged 1,787 laps of the ice in one hour, raising more than $2,400 for the club. It was a celebration made all the more colorful by the 1980s dress-up theme as skaters and coaches sported their most lurid spandex, lace gloves and leather jackets.

Christina Champlin, led all skaters with 166 laps, while Morgan Sabo raised $712, the most of any skater. Junior Academy skater Naomi Lee came first in her category with 121 laps, while Lily Linnen raised $115. CanSkaters Courtney Donaldson and Lexi Elias led their group with $156 and 63 laps respectively.

The awards event followed, recognizing individuals who have excelled over the season, shown an extraordinary level of commitment to their sport, or who have served as models of dedication and personal conduct.

This year’s winners included: Spirit of Skating Medal Brianne Morris; BMO CanSkater of the Year Nyah Hedstrom; Adrienne McMillan Award Soleil Babcock; Dance Artistry Trophy Sophie Borhi; Coaches Cup Trophy Genevive Beaudoin and Isabella Kroker-Kimber; Most Improved Leo Measures (primary), Charly Defouw (intermediate), Christina Champlin (senior); StarSkater Sportsmanship Award (voted by fellow StarSkaters) Naomi Perkins; Test Achievement Award Sophie Borhi; Test Achievement Award (second place) Naomi Perkins.

Summer skate camp information, the awards winner photo gallery and other goodies are available at

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