The Tatamagouche Skating Club held a mini competition in-house for the StarSkate members, giving them a chance to show off their skills learned this season, and give the younger skaters an idea of what to look forward to in the future. From left, Megan Foote (coach), Isabell McNutt, Addienna Halverson, Shaelyn Matheson, Ella Ripley, Amelia Hodder, Elena Armas, Graison Purdy, Foster Whitman, Maggie Weatherby, Jade Colburn, Reese Weatherby, Bella MacLeod, and Jacqueline Armas (coach). Submitted photo

Local skaters finished another season, honing their skills, earning badges, and in one case, some medals.

“We had a really great season,” said Jen Langille, with the Tatamagouce Skating Club. “We had a good group of new skaters joining us this season, and a good group of returning skaters.”

The club saw close to 45 skaters take to the ice at the North Shore Recreation Centre. The club hosted its own in-house mini competition for the StarSkater group on Feb. 24.

“It gives the skaters an opportunity to showcase their skills they’ve learned over the season, and it’s a chance to demonstrate to the lower level of skaters of what they can work toward,” Langille said.

Leading up to the mini competition, two skaters from the Tatamagouche club participated in the StarSkate competition in New Glasgow. The Mariposa Skating Club hosted the event on Feb. 18. Addienna Halverson brought home a silver medal, with Amelia Hodder earning gold in the Star II division.

“We are pretty proud of them for those,” Langille added.

Every season, the club recognizes a CanSkater and StarSkater of the month. This year, says Langille, they also wanted to recognize their program assistants.

“They are mothers, fathers, or members of the communities that come out on the ice to help us,” she said. “This year, we recognized them with a PA, or program assistant, of the month.”

To finish off the year, the club will host its year-end carnival on March 18. The theme is ‘Stay tuned…’

“It’s sort of a medley of TV shows,” explained Langille. “There are a lot of choreographed numbers, some amazing costumes and props.”

The carnival begins at 6 p.m. at the North Shore Recreation Centre, and admission is by donation. Available at the event will be 50/50 tickets and gifts for the club’s skaters.