Skating in sync

Along with the annual Teddy Bear Toss and a 5-1 win from the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks, spectators got yet another treat on Wednesday night when the Mile Zero Figure Skating Club's juvenile synchronized team put on a performance during the first intermission.

Three synchronized teams, dressed in black and aged 10 to 14, hit the ice at the Memorial Arena where they wowed the crowd with their coordinated movements and got a hefty applause.

"We had three teams participate, and we have five synchro teams for the Mile Zero Figure Skating Club, which is pretty impressive," said Kim Hughes-Brinsky, publicity director for the Mile Zero Figure Skating Club. "Synchro is a definite highlight for our club. Not a lot of clubs in our region have them, and it's quite a bonus that we're able to have that team aspect of the sport.

"Every year there's a shuffle of skaters as skaters graduate or move on, and we've had quite a good shift this year as far as new skaters joining teams, so it'll be interesting to see how the boys and girls do in this next competition."

The synchro team's next competition will be Jan. 11 in Calgary, their first in two years, and the group has been practicing once a week in preparation.

"We try going to a competition, if not every year, then every other year because there isn't a lot of opportunities to do synchro in our region, so it does demand that we have to travel," Hughes-Brinsky explained.

"The skaters want something to strive towards in practice, so it's important to try to go to at least one designated synchro competition and this is a big one. We've been to this competition in the past in Edmonton, and the previous time was two years ago and we had good success and came back with a gold."

The club will be sending four of its five synchronized teams to the competition, and they're hoping to do as well, if not better, than their last event in Edmonton.

For now, the skaters will join the rest of the Mile Zero Figure Skating Club for its annual Christmas Skate on Dec. 20 at the Memorial Arena.

The club's 124 skaters will hit the ice in singles, pairs and groups of all ages, all set to Christmas music. There will also be a bake sale and a raffle for those who attend.

"It's a really nice family event with lots of Christmas music," Hughes-Brinsky said. "The girls and boys will learn something new for this event and most of them will pick their own music. There are group events as well.

"Really it's the final thing of 2013 before we move on."

The Mile Zero Figure Skating Club's Christmas Skate will start at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the Memorial Arena.

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