Skaters ready for Kla How Ya Interclub event

The competition starts Friday evening and runs until Sunday at noon for the participants that have come from as far as Fort St. John

It’s not just pucks and sticks dominating ice time these days at the Jim Ciccone Ice Arena.

The Prince Rupert Skating Club (PRSK) is preparing for its first major home event of the season and they’ll be welcoming skaters from all over the region at the Kla How Ya Interclub competition starting this Friday night.

“This is a great opportunity to come out and support your local skaters and show all our visitors our great community spirit,” said PRSK organization member Kate Toye.

“[The Interclub competition is] for our skaters and families who are newer to skating and haven’t participated in such an event before. This is also a great chance for our seasoned skaters to show us all their stuff.”

The Kla How Ya Interclub skating competition is one of the biggest of its kind in the Northwest and plays host to competitors of different levels. In SkateCanada, that means the STAR program will be represented by skaters in each of its five levels, gradually increasing in difficulty.

Group element performances, bronze, silver and gold interpretive and solo dances, couples and free skates will all be on the schedule for the Kla How Ya which runs fully from Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Altogether, 100 participants from between Terrace, Kitimat, Quesnel and Fort St. John will be in town.

Family, friends and spectators can attend the three-day event.

“We have many wonderful sponsors and committed skaters, coaches and parents coming together to make this incredible event … and there will be draws and goodies to win,” said Toye.

This is the first skating club event since the organization’s year-end gala concluded last year’s season in April and will feature skaters of all ages.