Skaters from Prince Rupert were split into four teams for the Northwest Skating Jamboree earlier this month

Prince Rupert Skating Club preparing for year-end gala

The Prince Rupert Skating Club is preparing for its year-end gala to wrap up the 2013/2014 season.

After hosting the Northwest Jamboree earlier this month, the Prince Rupert Skating Club is preparing for its year-end gala to wrap up the 2013/2014 season.

The Northwest Jamboree took place from March 14-16, with 69 skaters from Prince Rupert, Terrace, Hazelton, Kitimat and Smithers participating.

The yearly event mixes up members from each community to make four teams, with the skaters of all ages and disciplines being evaluated on their events, solos and elements to earn points for their jamboree group.

Sheri Pringle, head coach of the Prince Rupert Skating Club, said the event encourages team building and helps northern skaters get to know each other.

The Northwest Jamboree was the club’s final competition of the season, with the club shifting its focus to the year-end performance next weekend.

The coaching staff and skaters are currently preparing for the annual gala, which will include 75 of the club’s skaters ranging in ages from three to 16.

“It’s an opportunity for skaters to show what they’ve done throughout the season. The older skaters get to go to competition, but for our younger kids this is their time to shine,” said Pringle.

This year the gala’s theme is based on popular television show ‘Dancing with the Stars’, and will consist of routines to different genres of music throughout time. The year-end performance will have a number of group routines being put together by Pringle and fellow coaches Tamara Ward and Taryn Parnell, as well as solos.

The gala will take place in the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre arena on Saturday, April 5 and start at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Oceanside Sports and at the door.