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ALBERNI SKATING CLUB’S CARNIVAL ON ICE RETURNS

Published by Kristi Dobson – AV NEWS – FEBRUARY 21, 2017

 ARTIST BRINGS ENCHANTED FOREST TO LIFE

Published by Kristi Dobson – AV NEWS – FEBRUARY 7, 2017

AV NEWS – NOVEMBER 22, 2016 – ICE SHOW

Published by Kristi Dobson

AV TIMES – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2015 – ICE SHOW

Mother Goose On Ice

BIG ART – SHAW CABLE

Published by Jenny Fortin – Shaw Cable – February 10th 2015

LOCAL SKATERS END SEASON ON A HIGH NOTE

Published by S. McKenzie – Alberni Valley Times – April 7th 2014

Two Alberni Valley figure skaters capped off their seasons in style last week with silver medals in their respective divisions.

Seventeen-year-old Shannon White and 15-year-old Mike Louden both qualified for, and competed in, provincial skating championships and both finished in second place.

Louden was second, of the two skaters qualified, in the junior silver division while White’s program was second best of the 14 skaters in the senior silver category.

“I was hoping to do a bit better, but I made one stupid mistake so it brought me down,” White said.

“The warm-up I did was really good, it was a lot different than skating closer to home. You didn’t really know anyone in the crowd or anything – like I had my mom and my friend – but that was it.”

The competition took place in Kelowna, and the two figure skaters agreed it was much different skating there than it is in the friendly confines of the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

“The arena was completely different, the atmosphere was completely different, the ice was completely different,” Louden said, adding he was just happy to qualify for the event and be able to compete at that level.

Louden was new to the junior silver level and said because of that, his only competition was a skater who had been in junior silver for quite a long time.

“I wasn’t expecting to do well but I was happy with my skate,” he said. “There’s always room for improvement, but I was just happy to go,” he said.

Both skaters had to go through four competitions to qualify for the event.

“It was a lot of work to get there, that’s for sure,” White said.

Now, Louden and White will attempt to move up to the gold classification.

For White, who will graduate high school this June and be off to continue post-secondary education, it will be the final step of her competitive skating career.

“I want to get my gold level,” White said, “but after that, because I’ll be continuing with school in university, I’ll continue with being a coach, that way I get to stay on the ice. But my competitive career is basically over as of next year.”

For Louden, however, ending his figure skating career – ever – does not seem to be an option.

He has been at it for 11 years and sees no end in sight.

“I won’t stop,” he said. “It’s a passion for me and I don’t know what I would be doing if I wasn’t skating.”

SMcKenzie@avtimes.net 250-723-8171, ext. 224

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Two Alberni Valley figure skaters capped off their seasons in style last week with silver medals in their respective divisions.

Seventeen-year-old Shannon White and 15-year-old Mike Louden both qualified for, and competed in, provincial skating championships and both finished in second place.

Louden was second, of the two skaters qualified, in the junior silver division while White’s program was second best of the 14 skaters in the senior silver category.

“I was hoping to do a bit better, but I made one stupid mistake so it brought me down,” White said.

“The warm-up I did was really good, it was a lot different than skating closer to home. You didn’t really know anyone in the crowd or anything – like I had my mom and my friend – but that was it.”

The competition took place in Kelowna, and the two figure skaters agreed it was much different skating there than it is in the friendly confines of the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

“The arena was completely different, the atmosphere was completely different, the ice was completely different,” Louden said, adding he was just happy to qualify for the event and be able to compete at that level.

Louden was new to the junior silver level and said because of that, his only competition was a skater who had been in junior silver for quite a long time.

“I wasn’t expecting to do well but I was happy with my skate,” he said. “There’s always room for improvement, but I was just happy to go,” he said.

Both skaters had to go through four competitions to qualify for the event.

“It was a lot of work to get there, that’s for sure,” White said.

Now, Louden and White will attempt to move up to the gold classification.

For White, who will graduate high school this June and be off to continue post-secondary education, it will be the final step of her competitive skating career.

“I want to get my gold level,” White said, “but after that, because I’ll be continuing with school in university, I’ll continue with being a coach, that way I get to stay on the ice. But my competitive career is basically over as of next year.”

For Louden, however, ending his figure skating career – ever – does not seem to be an option.

He has been at it for 11 years and sees no end in sight.

“I won’t stop,” he said. “It’s a passion for me and I don’t know what I would be doing if I wasn’t skating.”

SMcKenzie@avtimes.net 250-723-8171, ext. 224

– See more at: http://www.avtimes.net/sports/local/local-skaters-end-season-on-a-high-note-1.945272#sthash.jTe0HUdn.dpuf

Two Alberni Valley figure skaters capped off their seasons in style last week with silver medals in their respective divisions.

Seventeen-year-old Shannon White and 15-year-old Mike Louden both qualified for, and competed in, provincial skating championships and both finished in second place.

Louden was second, of the two skaters qualified, in the junior silver division while White’s program was second best of the 14 skaters in the senior silver category.

“I was hoping to do a bit better, but I made one stupid mistake so it brought me down,” White said.

“The warm-up I did was really good, it was a lot different than skating closer to home. You didn’t really know anyone in the crowd or anything – like I had my mom and my friend – but that was it.”

The competition took place in Kelowna, and the two figure skaters agreed it was much different skating there than it is in the friendly confines of the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

“The arena was completely different, the atmosphere was completely different, the ice was completely different,” Louden said, adding he was just happy to qualify for the event and be able to compete at that level.

Louden was new to the junior silver level and said because of that, his only competition was a skater who had been in junior silver for quite a long time.

“I wasn’t expecting to do well but I was happy with my skate,” he said. “There’s always room for improvement, but I was just happy to go,” he said.

Both skaters had to go through four competitions to qualify for the event.

“It was a lot of work to get there, that’s for sure,” White said.

Now, Louden and White will attempt to move up to the gold classification.

For White, who will graduate high school this June and be off to continue post-secondary education, it will be the final step of her competitive skating career.

“I want to get my gold level,” White said, “but after that, because I’ll be continuing with school in university, I’ll continue with being a coach, that way I get to stay on the ice. But my competitive career is basically over as of next year.”

For Louden, however, ending his figure skating career – ever – does not seem to be an option.

He has been at it for 11 years and sees no end in sight.

“I won’t stop,” he said. “It’s a passion for me and I don’t know what I would be doing if I wasn’t skating.”

SMcKenzie@avtimes.net 250-723-8171, ext. 224

– See more at: http://www.avtimes.net/sports/local/local-skaters-end-season-on-a-high-note-1.945272#sthash.jTe0HUdn.dpuf

CanSkate Program gets Revamped – Shaw TV Port Alberni

 

Published by Jenny Fortin – Shaw Cable – November 24th 2013

Skating club HAS COACHES Set FoR Season

Published by Kristi Dobson – Alberni Valley Times – November 21st 2013

 Figure Skaters Gear up for Competitive Season

Published by Kristi Dobson – Alberni Valley Times – November 7th 2013

Shannon White and Michael Loudon October 24th 2013

MT. ARROWSMITH SKATING CLUB GETS NEW SKATING COACH

Published by Kristi Dobson – Alberni Valley Times – November 6th 2013

Rose Friel

Figure skating coach looks forward to weekend show

Published by Kristi Dobson – Alberni Valley Times – March 1st 2013

Jean Leshures - MASC

Mount Arrowsmith Skating Club presents Under The Big Top

Jean Leshures was born in Comox, but spent most of her years as a child and teenager growing up in Port Alberni.

Most people will know Jean as a familiar face at the Alberni Valley Multiplex, as she spends much of her winter hours there coaching up-and-coming figure skaters. Being on the ice is a passion for Jean that began at an early age.

As the eldest of seven children, Jean and her siblings were raised in a close-knit family. When she was four years old, the family relocated to Port Alberni, where her father, Bob Arthurs, worked in the logging industry for Coulson-Prescott until his retirement. Her mother, Nance, was a tireless volunteer and highly involved in her children’s lives. Not only was she the president of the Sunshine club and active with the B.C. Summer and Winter Games, she was the president and one of the original founders of the Mount Arrow-smith Skating Club. As such, all seven children were on the ice as youngsters.

They started skating in the old arena at the top of the 10th Avenue dip. There were many early mornings of practice, as well as after-school sessions. Nance was entrusted with a key from the city to open the building and make sure the kids arrived safely. She would have the music ready for lessons and take care of other needs around the building.

“She was a ball of energy,” Jean remembers of her late mother. “She was always volunteering to help, so when you grow up seeing that, you take it with you [as an adult].”

The family was highly active in events with parks and recreation, and Jean remembers summers spent in sports camps.

“We would hike to Gyro Park for the summer swim club and tennis lessons,” Jean said. “That was when there was an outdoor swimming pool.”

Most of her childhood memories revolve around the home and with seven children; big birthday parties were popular celebrations. As a figure skater involved in the year-end carnivals, she also has memories of her mother busily sewing costumes and making lollipop heads. Her father helped build props in the Kinsmen building.

Jean completed her schooling at Maquinna Elementary and E.J. Dunn middle School, before leaving Port Alberni to continue training with a skating club in Victoria. She would return to Port Alberni as an adult, but continued to learn and grow while she was away.

While in Victoria, Jean completed the sport to a provincial level and was then asked to start coaching. It was something with which she immediately fell in love.

“I love working with kids. I like looking at their faces and seeing how excited they are when they finally get something they have been working on.”

Jean was in Victoria for three years, where she worked various jobs and met her husband, Doug. He was transferred north for his job and Jean landed a position coaching at the Spruce City Skate Club, an organization that had a membership of 800 skaters. There she was able to mentor provincial and national team members and feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend the Canadian Nationals with the athletes.

Like her mother, Jean is a dedicated and hardworking volunteer. She sat on both the B.C. and Vancouver Island coaching committees, did skater development at both; the provincial and Island levels and currently coordinates and chairs the large, bi-annual show put on by the Mount Arrowsmith Skating Club.

As such, Jean was nominated by her peers and won two provincial awards – one for Recreational Coach of the Year and one for Coach of the Year. Jean was honoured at a large gala dinner in Vancouver, but says she has always set high standards for herself.

“I feel that what you put into something is what you get out of it.”

After 25 years away, Jean moved back to Port Alberni with a family of two sons and soon started coaching the local figure skaters. With her high energy and organizational skills, she became a natural coordinator of the Club’s Ice Show, Under the Big Top. This year she is excited to offer something new to the community, including a special show for school children this Friday.

“We wanted to expand and give the opportunity to many children who have not experienced this wonderful building we have. They will all be bussed in from every school and have a chance to see something different than they normally would.”

The additional show was made possible by community groups who are sponsoring the event, including the Port Alberni Toy Run, the Lions Club, the Kiwanis, and the Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs of Port Alberni.

Now living in Deep Bay, Jean could not ask for more, as she spends her summers on the ocean and winters on the ice.

The couple recently purchased a boat and enjoy scuba diving and snorkelling through Desolation Sound and the Gulf Islands.

“I am living the good life,” Jean said. “I’m very satisfied with life. I have a great husband and wonderful children and can’t wait to one day become a grandma.”

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Published by Siobhan Burns – Alberni Valley Times – February 28, 2013

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Annual ice show set for March 1

Mount Arrowsmith Skating Club skaters present ‘Under The Big Top’ circus show

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 Published: Friday, February 22,2013 – Scott McKenzie –  Alberni Valley Times

On March 1, the Weyerhaeuser Arena will be transformed into a circus, as the figure skaters of the Mount Arrowsmith Skating Club plan on wowing a full crowd during the “Under The Big Top” ice show.

The show will include special guest ice dancers Nicole Orford and Thomas Williams, who are 2012 Junior World Team members.

On the morning of the event, all elementary school students in the district will fill the Multiplex as local service groups have donated the funds to allow them to do so. The Alberni Valley Bulldogs will be helping seat the expected 1,300 students.

“This has never been done in B.C.” said MASC director of skating Jean Leshures. “We’re inviting the school children to come, and I think it will be amazing.”

The main show begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are going fast. They can be purchased at the Echo Centre and through skating club members.

Already, about 600 tickets have been sold through club members alone.

“Tickets are selling very well, and if people are interested in coming then they better get to Echo,” Leshures said. “I think it’s going to fill up pretty darn quick. If all of the tickets are sold in advance, there won’t be any available at the door.”

The Weyerhaeuser Arena seats 1,850 people.

“We are going to cover all the boards in silver paper, with mini-lights all the way around the bottom,” Leshures said. “One end will be a backdrop that looks like a circus tent to cover the width of the ice.”

The other end will have a circus train.

About 120 skaters will be performing in the event, which is scheduled to be a two-hour show. “The show is going to be spectacular and there’s going to be some really cool things that are going to happen.”

Another special guest will be local teacher Dave Maher, who will serve as ring master for the ice show. It will also include Special Olympic athletes, who will act as gypsies in the show.

“We made the tickets $5 so that it will be fun for everyone to come,” Leshures said. “It’s going to be really great for people who have not seen one of our productions.”

SMcKenzie@avtimes.net


Alberni skaters succeed at regionals Kiara Colling and Mike Loudon 2011

By Susan Quinn – Alberni Valley News – Published: November 03,2011

A tired Laurie Coombs couldn’t stop grinning when asked how the 2012 Vancouver Island Regional Championships went over the weekend. “Really well,” she said.

Coombs was the main organizer of the figure skating championship, held over two days last weekend at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

The event drew 240 skaters from all over Vancouver Island, including more than two dozen Alberni Valley figure skaters.

“We always have a good number, especially when it’s in our hometown,” Coombs said.

This is the second major event the Mount Arrowsmith Skating Club (MASC)has put on in the past year. Normally the club hosts a single major event each year—alternating its ice show every second year with a different event. However, they were asked to stage the 2012 regionals as a favour to the club that was originally scheduled for this year, Coombs said. MASC will relax now until 2013, although its skaters continue to compete regularly.

 


   Skating phenom coming to Alberni gala

By  W. G. Hamilton Published – Alberni Valley News – March 17. 2011

alberniskatebrides-03-17-2011Daylin Turgeon, who is the bride flanked by her bridesmaids, prepares for the Mount Arrowsmith Skating Club;s annual spring gala. This year peformers will celebrate holidays in each of the 12 months of the year. WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON/Alberni Valley News

 
Mount Arrowsmith Skating Club will host its annual skating carnival on Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Alberni Valley Multiplex. This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Holiday”.In addition to the gala numbers the club’s members have been working on, MASC has invited guest skater Nam Nguyen from Vancouver.Nguyen, 12, trains at the BC Centre of Excellence in Burnaby. Last year he participated in 2010 Winter Olympic celebrations in Richmond.Nguyen has the distinction of being the youngest national juvenile men’s champion in Canada, winning the title at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships when he was just eight years old.Tickets to April’s skating gala are available at Deb’s Fashions, Extra Foods and the skating office by phone at 250-720-8999.editor@albernivalleynews.com


 

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