Skaters strike a wacky pose for Wacky Hair/Colour Clash Day during Skate Nelson summer camp. Back row from left: Claire Sibbald

Skaters strike a wacky pose for Wacky Hair/Colour Clash Day during Skate Nelson summer camp. Back row from left: Claire Sibbald

Nelson’s coolest summer fun

Skate Nelson’s figure skating summer camp blasted off last week with skaters from Nelson and the West Kootenay hitting the ice.

Skate Nelson’s figure skating summer camp blasted off last week with skaters from Nelson and the West Kootenay hitting the ice last Tuesday for an intensive three week camp.

“The camp includes on-ice techniques in all the disciplines — free skate, dance, and skills — to set the skaters up for the 2014-15 season,” explains Yoshie Measures, director of STARSkate and co-director of Jr. Academy with Skate Nelson (Nelson Figure Skating Club).

As well as two and a half hours of on-ice group and private lessons, skaters warm-up with a yoga class, and then follow skating with alternating dance and functional movement classes.

“Based on the success of last year’s camp, we decided to follow the same model of a complete package for skaters to get the most out of their camp experience,” Measures said.

“We also aim to have a lot of fun, with weekly theme days where skaters and coaches dress up, creative expression exercises and performances by the skaters,” adds Sarah Gower, co-director of Jr. Academy.

The Skate Nelson regular season will start in October, with a full slate of programs including the newly re-vamped CANSkate, Skate Canada’s learn to skate program.

Registration for CANSkate will open in September.

Contact Jane Macleod at 250-352-6510 for registration details, or visit the club website: nelsonfigureskatingclub.ca.