Moose Jaw Skating Club is having a relatively normal season as the pandemic wanes

In-person competitions among highlights for local band, big ice show coming in March

The Moose Jaw Skating Club found itself in a difficult situation like everyone else amid the pandemic last season.

And like many sports organizations, they’ve found a way to work through all the mess while still keeping their athletes engaged.

Now, with the worst behind them, they are back on the ice with all the systems in place.

The MJSC has had a full season of competition, with skaters taking to the ice in person at competitions and showing what they can do in front of family and friends. And you better believe it was a huge highlight for everyone involved.

“Just the fact that your parents can be there and watch you there is so important to everyone in everything, not just skating,” said MJSC publicity director Carime Molde. “And there’s something to be said for driving to a different city, getting the hotel room, and spending that time together. It all makes for so much fun when you can do things in person.

While clubs were able to compete last year, it was in a much different format. Skaters would set up performances on video and have them judged, removing much of the excitement and spectacle of a live competition.

Don’t get me wrong, the system worked, but it just wasn’t the same.

Conversely, he has been full steam ahead this season.

“All of our star skaters were back this year and were skating and we are very happy to have our CanSkate skaters back as well,” said Molde. “Last year we had to cancel (Skate Plus) because of these restrictions, we just couldn’t make it work. So it’s great to have these skaters back on the ice this year.

The MJSC also had some success, with a strong performance in sections, several skaters qualified for regionals and put on impressive skates there. And for some, it was the first time they had taken to the ice live and in person at a competition, bringing another positive step into the fold of the organization.

“For many of them it was their first time and they did very well,” Molde said. “And now we’re really looking forward to the Winter Classic (in Estevan on March 4). It should be a lot of fun.

And after that even more fun: MJSC will be holding their annual Ice Show on Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m. at Mosaic Place, with the theme 50 Years of Magic signifying the 50th anniversary of their popular display of skills learned throughout the year.

“In 2020, our ice show was one day away and we had to cancel,” Molde said. “So we’ve been looking forward to this for a few years. It’s the greatest time of the year for our skaters, everyone is looking forward to it. They just can’t wait to hear what the theme will be and what their costume will be and what their music will be. And we’re really excited to be able to do it again.

The good news is that by the time 50 Years of Magic arrives, fans will most likely be able to rally in force to watch the youngsters in action.

“It’s something else that I know everyone is looking forward to,” Molde said.

For the latest information on the Moose Jaw Skating Club, be sure to visit them on Facebook and check out their website at www.moosejawskatingclub.ca.