Skating seminar in PV

The Vancouver Island Region Skater Development Seminar is being hosted at Oceanside Place Sept. 20 & 21.

The Vancouver Island Region Skater Development Seminar is being hosted at Oceanside Place Sept. 20 & 21.

The Sandy Shores Skating Club would like to invite the public, out to see the action this weekend and talk to coaches and skaters to see what the future of skating on Vancouver Island looks like.

This seminar brings together the top skaters on Vancouver Island for two days of intense on and off ice training with some of the top coaches in B.C., as well as in Canada.

This year, Ravi Walia will be making an appearance as the guest coach.

Originally from British Columbia, Walia was the 1993 junior mens national champion, and the 1995 Canadian senior mens bronze medalist. He has been coaching two-time Canadian senior womens champion and 2014 Olympic team member, Kaetlyn Osmond, since she was ten years old.

Other members of the coaching staff include seminar head coach and Sandy Shores director of skating, Tyler Bydnik (former B.C./Yukon team member and national competitor), as well as Eileen Murphy, long-time coach of B.C./Yukon team members and national and international competitors, from the Connaught Skating club in Richmond, B.C.

Skaters from all over the Island hit the ice on Saturday morning at 9 a.m., with sessions running through until 5 p.m.

Sunday’s session begins at 8:15 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m.