Figure skating meets Willy Wonka

News Apr 02, 2017 by Victoria Gray Brant News

Willy Wonka sweetened up the skaters at the 67th edition of Flashing Blades.

More than 200 young people skated in two shows Saturday at the Brantford Civic Centre where younger skaters performed Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on Ice and the older skaters show focused on the hits of the 50s and 60s.

Paige Bettencourt, who played an Oompa Loompa during the show, was excited to show off her hard work.

“I want to show my spiral,” she said. “I've been practicing for two months.”

The six-year-old has skating with the organization for three years and said she really enjoyed participating in Flashing Blades.

Tara Blackwell, a member of the board the nonprofit organization puts on the show every year for the kids.

“The biggest thing is it builds community,” she said. “It's a chance for them to show off the things they've learned and it's social, it helps build friendships.”

The skaters start practicing for the show in February and it marks the end of their season. Blackwell said more than 600 people come out to see the show and it's not just parents.

“It's very well attended,” she said.

This year's guest skaters included Trennt Michaud, from Strathroy, with Evelyn Walsh, from London. The pair were in the top 5 at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in March.

Nathan Lickers and and Lily Hensen, who are novice dance skaters as well as Keegan Messing, a two-time International Cup of Nice champion and the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy bronze medallist. He placed 4th at the 2010 World Junior Championships.

“He just happened to be in town working with our choreographer for something else and volunteered to skate with us just for the love of the sport,” Blackwell said.

Figure skating meets Willy Wonka

The 67th edition of Flashing Blades was held on Saturday at the Brantford Civic Centre

News Apr 02, 2017 by Victoria Gray Brant News

Willy Wonka sweetened up the skaters at the 67th edition of Flashing Blades.

More than 200 young people skated in two shows Saturday at the Brantford Civic Centre where younger skaters performed Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on Ice and the older skaters show focused on the hits of the 50s and 60s.

Paige Bettencourt, who played an Oompa Loompa during the show, was excited to show off her hard work.

“I want to show my spiral,” she said. “I've been practicing for two months.”

The six-year-old has skating with the organization for three years and said she really enjoyed participating in Flashing Blades.

Tara Blackwell, a member of the board the nonprofit organization puts on the show every year for the kids.

“The biggest thing is it builds community,” she said. “It's a chance for them to show off the things they've learned and it's social, it helps build friendships.”

The skaters start practicing for the show in February and it marks the end of their season. Blackwell said more than 600 people come out to see the show and it's not just parents.

“It's very well attended,” she said.

This year's guest skaters included Trennt Michaud, from Strathroy, with Evelyn Walsh, from London. The pair were in the top 5 at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in March.

Nathan Lickers and and Lily Hensen, who are novice dance skaters as well as Keegan Messing, a two-time International Cup of Nice champion and the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy bronze medallist. He placed 4th at the 2010 World Junior Championships.

“He just happened to be in town working with our choreographer for something else and volunteered to skate with us just for the love of the sport,” Blackwell said.

Figure skating meets Willy Wonka

The 67th edition of Flashing Blades was held on Saturday at the Brantford Civic Centre

News Apr 02, 2017 by Victoria Gray Brant News

Willy Wonka sweetened up the skaters at the 67th edition of Flashing Blades.

More than 200 young people skated in two shows Saturday at the Brantford Civic Centre where younger skaters performed Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on Ice and the older skaters show focused on the hits of the 50s and 60s.

Paige Bettencourt, who played an Oompa Loompa during the show, was excited to show off her hard work.

“I want to show my spiral,” she said. “I've been practicing for two months.”

The six-year-old has skating with the organization for three years and said she really enjoyed participating in Flashing Blades.

Tara Blackwell, a member of the board the nonprofit organization puts on the show every year for the kids.

“The biggest thing is it builds community,” she said. “It's a chance for them to show off the things they've learned and it's social, it helps build friendships.”

The skaters start practicing for the show in February and it marks the end of their season. Blackwell said more than 600 people come out to see the show and it's not just parents.

“It's very well attended,” she said.

This year's guest skaters included Trennt Michaud, from Strathroy, with Evelyn Walsh, from London. The pair were in the top 5 at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in March.

Nathan Lickers and and Lily Hensen, who are novice dance skaters as well as Keegan Messing, a two-time International Cup of Nice champion and the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy bronze medallist. He placed 4th at the 2010 World Junior Championships.

“He just happened to be in town working with our choreographer for something else and volunteered to skate with us just for the love of the sport,” Blackwell said.