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St. Anthony Northern Blades learn figure skating from Joey Russell

The Northern Blades stars’ three, four and five groups were some of the skaters to learn from Canadian junior figure skating champion Joey Russell (back) during a skating seminar from Nov. 4-5. Three of their coaches are also photographed.
The Northern Blades stars’ three, four and five groups were some of the skaters to learn from Canadian junior figure skating champion Joey Russell (back) during a skating seminar from Nov. 4-5. Three of their coaches are also photographed. - Submitted

ST. ANTHONY, NL – Young St. Anthony figure skaters are learning from a champion.

Joey Russell, the 2006 Canadian junior figure skating champion from Labrador City, taught the St. Anthony Northern Blades figure skating club at a two-day seminar from Nov. 4-5.

This was the second year running that Russell hosted the seminar at the Polar Centre in St. Anthony.

It gave the young figure skaters, aged three to 16, an opportunity to hone their skills, learning how to properly do jumps and spins.

“Just having a professional come in, it does wonders for their skating,” said Northern Blades head program assistant Rae Lynn Strangemore.

She added it was good for the younger kids as well, who are just starting to learn the sport.

On Saturday evening, the 2017 competition skaters and Russell himself performed a mini-skating show, wowing the audience at the Polar Centre.

“The kids had a blast and they learned a lot to carry forward,” said Strangemore.

Russell is currently a skating choreographer based out of Toronto. He conducts seminars, such as the one in St. Anthony, across North America.

He retired from competitive skating in 2011.

stephen.roberts@northernpen.ca

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