Annual Christmas ice-show to return

Aethne Hinchliffe
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Figure skaters in the Queens County Blades Skating Club will have their skates sharpened and ready to go for the fourth Christmas ice show at Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool this Saturday, Dec. 15.


Lauren Amirault, figure skater with the Queens County Blades Skating Club, practices for the Christmas Ice Show last week, Dec. 5.

The show, says club Coach Heidi Clattenburg-Sparkes, will be about an hour, beginning at 5 p.m. An hour-long free family skate will follow the performances.

Star and competitive skaters will be performing solos – either their competitive programs or performing to Christmas music, says Clattenburg-Sparkes. There will also be four group performances, ranging from the CanSkate group right through to the senior skaters. Skaters have been preparing group numbers for a couple of months.  

Last year’s holiday show was the Blades’ first time skating in the new rink.

The cost to attend the show is a donation, and money raised goes to the club to help keep rates as low as possible.

Clattenburg-Sparkes says she hopes many people come out to the show because it’s a fun event.

“The girls have worked very hard getting to where they are,” she adds.

In addition to skating performances, there will be a bake sale and tickets sold for a draw.


More skating

A group of Queens skaters will be heading to The Robert McCall Memorial open competition hosted by the Dartmouth Skating Club at the Dartmouth Sportsplex Feb. 1 to 3.

A couple of weeks later, most of the club’s star and competitive skaters are going to a competition at the Apple Dome Arena in Berwick.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Queens County Blades Skating Club may contact Heidi Clattenburg-Sparkes at


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