A major figure skating event takes over the Farrell Agencies Arena in Yorkton the weekend of Feb. 8 and 9.
Skate Yorkton will be hosting the Region 1 & 6 Invitational Competition, although the competitors are not limited to the local areas.
“It’s open to all athletes in Saskatchewan,” explained Susan Nagy, head coach and Director of Skating with the Yorkton Club.
While the majority of the 150-200 skaters expected will come from the two regions, Nagy said they anticipate participants from areas such as Fort Qu’Appelle and Regina.
Region 6 includes nine clubs in the local area such as Yorkton, Canora and Melville.
Region 1 is in the southeast area with 11 clubs including Carlyle, Moosomin and Estevan.
The event in Yorkton is focused on skaters who are just getting into competitive skating, allowing them to gain some important experience, said Nagy, who added there will be skaters up to the Gold Test level involved.
The ages of skaters will be from four to 21.
The event was last in Yorkton in 2013, with it moving between regions with clubs bidding to host, said Nagy, who added Skate Yorkton is pleased to have the event again.
“It’s kind of exciting to host this event again and to showcase Yorkton,” she said.
In addition to hosting the upcoming invitational event Skate Yorkton is also taking applications for the CanSkate Learn-to-Skate program which begins Jan. 27. The program is for ages three-to-12, said Nagy.
People can apply through the Skate Yorkton Facebook page or forms can be found at skateyorkton.uplifterinc.com