Big synchronized skating competition on Sunday

Jason Simmonds
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At Evangeline Recreation Centre

ABRAM-VILLAGE – Over 200 skaters will compete in the 2013 friendship synchronized skating competition here at the Evangeline Recreation Centre on Sunday.

The Summerside Starlites perform during an intermission of a recent Summerside Western Capitals’ game at Eastlink Arena. The Starlites will compete in the Beginner 2 Division in the  2013 friendship synchronized skating competition at the Evangeline Recreation Centre on Sunday.

The action gets underway at 9 a.m., and will continue until approximately 3 p.m.

The purpose of P.E.I.’s first synchronized skating event, which is being put on by Skate Canada P.E.I., is to help prepare teams for the regional Atlantic competition in East Hants, N.S., on Jan. 25 and 26.

“The reason we host this event at this time of the year is for teams to get feedback for the regional Atlantic event,” explained P.E.I. synchronized skating chair Kelly Perry of Summerside on Thursday morning. “It’s a very important event to better prepare for the regional event.”

A total of 17 teams, including three from Nova Scotia and 14 from P.E.I., will compete in five divisions – Beginner 2, Elementary, Juvenile, Pre-Novice and Intermediate.

“The reason we host this event at this time of the year is for teams to get feedback for the regional Atlantic event. It’s a very important event to better prepare for the regional event.” P.E.I. synchronized skating chair Kelly Perry

The P.E.I. representatives are comprised of three teams from Summerside; two from Evangeline, Charlottetown, Sherwood-Parkdale and Alberton, and one from O’Leary, Tyne Valley and Kensington.

Kentville and two entries from Greenwood comprise the Nova Scotia entries.

Teams will compete in three different areas – element, free skate and cheer.

The element refers to one of the four components of synchronized skating – block, wheel, circle and line. A draw right before the competition will determine what element each team will perform.

A cheering event will take place following the skating portion at Evangeline School.

jpsports@journalpioneer.com

Geographic location: Summerside, Nova Scotia, East Hants Charlottetown Tyne Valley

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