Dancing on Ice
September 25, 2009
It was a big win for the Figure Skating Club of Park City as they participated in the Oktoberfest 2009 Figure Skating Competition Sept. 18-19 at Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center in Salt Lake City. In 19 separate events, the girls’ took home five first-place finishes, 11 second-place finishes and eight third-place finishes.
Erika Roberts, Park City Ice Arena skating director, said the club’s next competition will be on Oct. 15-19 in Salt Lake City. The club is only in its second year, she said.
Toni Hansen said the club has been a blessing for her daughter, 12-year-old Josephine. She said Josephine began skating in the Learn to Skate programs and "absolutely fell in love with it." Josephine now practices with the Figure Skating Club five days a week.
"She looks forward to it every day," she said. "I’m glad that she has found something that she absolutely loves and it keeps her active."
Hansen said there are ups and downs in figure skating, as in all sports, but she hopes it will expose her daughter to a lifetime sport.
"Whether she continues to compete, or moves on to judging or coaching, there is an outlet for her for the rest of her life," she said. "Before skating, she played soccer with youth soccer, but she wasn’t super involved with other extracurricular activities."
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Hansen said the club has been a good motivator for Josephine and has taught her that, in life, you can’t always come out on top. She said it’s also a good outlet for kids facing peer pressure to do drugs or drink underage.
"Since she does love it so much, she knows she has to keep her mind focused on this," she said. "Hopefully that will deter her from other things. She hopes to continue to advance and learn new skills. She’s expressed potentially wanting to coach when she’s older and potentially be a judge. But I think she just wants to get the most out of it while she can."
She said Josephine also likes the club because, although it’s an individual sport, the girls bond as a team.
"It’s a fun group of girls to hangout with," Hansen said. "It’s fun to watch them interact even though they’re at different levels of skating. They still have fun with each other."