Bentley Skating Club’s annual carnival features special guests

The Bentley Skating Club put on their annual one-hour long skate carnival with the theme An Afternoon at the Movies on March 18 in the Bentley Arena. Each of the four groups of different level of skaters performed a couple of different routines. Skill levels ranged from Pre-CanSkate through Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. There were mermaids and animals as well as characters from Toy Story, Lion King, Grease, and Pocahontas. There were dancers with poodle skirts, dancers carrying umbrellas and more. Special guest skaters were Alyssa Hyink from the Lacombe Skating Club coached by Sue Reykdal. Deidre McAllister from the Sylvan Lake Skating Club, coached by Morgan Laird, also performed. Even skating coach Morgan Laird shared her on ice expertise when she did her own number. It is the first time Laird has coached skating in Bentley, and she is impressed with the support and dedication of the executive and how things are run in Bentley. Laird is a teacher at the Bentley School. It is her sixth season as a certified skating coach —five years as an assistant, and head coach this year. She has been skating for about 23 years. She also teaches figure skating in Sylvan Lake. Valuable on-ice helpers/assistant coaches this year were Joslyn Snow (her second year helping) and Nathan Dennehy who attends Bentley high school and enjoyed his first year of helping out. Emcee for the afternoon was Hans Skjonsberg, with music handled by Andy Fedorchuk. Club president April Skjonsberg says she is happy to do the behind the scenes stuff and leave the coaching to coach Laird. She explained she can have the vision and see the bigger picture and likes to gather props and costumes. Along with club treasurer Jennifer Goddu, she did a lot of travelling to get things gathered together. She also said how much a special letter from a grateful mom who beings her kids to the Bentley program from Sylvan Lake appreciates the program in Bentley where the coach spends more actual time with the students, and all at an affordable cost. It is the second carnival for this group of executive so they knew more what to expect than last year, Skjonsberg admitted. The Bentley program just began offering the group Star Skate Program in January so more ice time was needed on Fridays, and along with it came the added ice rental cost. There are nine skaters in that program who are focusing on building their figure skating and synchronized skating skills. Coach Laird is excited about the program and wants to promote it more. All skaters were presented with medallions and flowers at the conclusion of the show with some other presentations to some of the other special helpers. The Bentley Skating Club will hold their annual general meeting in June.
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