On Saturday, November 16, local skaters from the Magic Blades Figure Skating Club and Plymouth State Skating Academy competed at the Gate City FSC's Basic Skills Competition in Nashua. MBFSC and PSSA have been parallel programs for three years, sharing curriculum and coaches, but recently joined forces in September to promote the sport of skating in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.
Middle school student Maggie DeVoy, of Sanbornton took 1st place, Preliminary Test, in Group B. Colleen Harriman, of Bridgewater took 4th place, Pre-preliminary Test, in Group C. Harriman is a student at Newfound Middle School. Emily Alperin of Newton Massachusetts, placed 2nd in the Beginner Program, in Group A, and is a student at New Hampton School. Elementary school student Alexandra Dunstan, of Campton took 3rd place, Beginner Program, Group B.
Basic Skills Competitions are sanctioned by US Figure Skating and the purpose is to promote a fun, introductory, competitive experience for the beginning skater. Competitions are open to all beginner skaters who are registered members in a U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills.
Magic Blades Figure Skating Club has been serving the Lakes Region since 1997 under the direction of Barbara Adams. Magic Blades operated clubs in both Waterville Valley and Laconia until 2006. In 2007 it moved its home ice to the Tilton School Ice Arena where it has stayed a small but vibrant fixture in the local community. When the Plymouth Ice Center opened in the summer of 2010, Adams, an employee of Plymouth State University, assisted with the start-up of the learn-to-skate program. She called upon her familiar Magic Blades coaching staff, and the two programs have worked closely, but separately ever since. Nicole Cochrane, of Laconia, is the current skating director for PSSA program.
This year the two clubs will not only continue to share its talented staff, but have worked to promote skating among its members as well as to the larger community. Both clubs are US Figure Skating Basic Skills programs offering membership through USFS, as well as the USFS badge program, showing progress through the skills. Both programs offer 30 minute lessons with 30 minutes of free, practice ice. Skaters ages three through adult are welcome to join.
Both programs offer skating instruction from beginner through advanced levels for figure and hockey skaters. The only real decision is to determine the best location or day that works for you. For more information visit the program webpages: www.MagicBlades.org or www.Plymouth.edu/Arena.