LITTLE CURRENT—The Northeastern Ontario figure skating world descended on Manitoulin this past weekend as Skate Canada Manitoulin hosted its annual Island Skate figure skating competitions.

Under the critical eye of judges Angela Hunter, Dianne Bellmore, Eric Charette, Jill Niemela, Kim Bordeleau, Leslie Kunto, Mary Henderson, Sylvie Jeaneault and Ashley Quackenbush, the young skaters from clubs as far away as Huntsville, New Liskeard and Sault Ste Marie showcased their impressive skills to the encouraging cheers of hundreds of doting parents, grandparents, friends and fellow club members.

This year’s Island Skate committee consisted of volunteers Chair Pat Wood, Dale Jordison, Nicole Taylor, Andrea Lewis, Lori Clark, Jessica Orr, Karen McGaughey, Jane Drolet and head coach Abbie Drolet, while data specialists Kelly Langevin, Theresa Perdicou and Lorraine Greasley provided the calculations and tabulations for the podium and Justin Woodley was the technical representative.

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Skate Canada programs include Canada’s only national certified learn to skate program, CanPOWERSkate for strengthening fundamentals, the figure skating program StarSkate and, for those late bloomers, AdultSkate, because it is never too late to start or come back.

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