Members began skating early last week at the Whitney Forum and coach Carla Wabick is pleased with how things are going.
"It's always good to get back after a season off," Wabick
says with a laugh.She
is impressed with all her
students because they work and the most important thing is for each person to strive for what they want."I don't put any expectations on the kids at all, I put lots on myself," Wabick
explains."I never put any expectations on the kids because I want them setting their own goals, they have to want to achieve something.I give them incentive and motivate them in the direction that I think they should be going."Two students who Wabick
is trying to do exactly that with are 16-year-old Shilo Baribeau and 10-year-old Dayle Nivon.
"So in the next two seasons, she
learned all of the jumps up to and including the axel, which is a huge accomplishment," says Wabick
passed all her
preliminary levels and some of her
junior bronze skating levels and she
won the regional competition qualifying her
to go to provincials last year at pre-preliminary level.She
has made phenomenal progress." Wabick
added that somebody starting at 14-years-old is considered a late bloomer because many people start skating when they're four or five years-old.
says this is a stepping stone and gets the skaters motivated."Come January when we have our regional competition, which is the provincial qualifier, they're already in competitive mode," Wabick
explains."During the fall sessions and early part of the season right now, what we're doing is working on programs, putting together their pre-skate programs, interpretive programs, and getting their elements, jumps and skills accomplished so we can add more to their programs."Rules have also been changed as to what elements can be put into programs.With all the preparation and work put in, is it important to win?"We never go to a competition to win, we always go to a competition to skate better than they did the last time they skated, and if they've done that, they've won," Wabick
stressed."The medal doesn't say that they've won or lost, so it's a personal achievement."My philosophy is, everybody is a star, because everybody is out there trying and everybody is working," she