Never looking back and improving all season long
Lower Mainland Open team Ice X-calibur was created in 2016.
With six teams, the Lower Mainland Synchronized Skating Club is one of the largest clubs in British Columbia, Canada. The coach Danalee Harrison is doing a huge job to break the stigma of synchro within the province.
"Synchronized Skating has been around in BC for a long time, and we still try to break the stigma of synchro with singles coaches in the province," starts Danalee Harrison, synchro coach for the Lower Mainland Synchronized Skating Club (LMSSC).
"We are one of the largest clubs in our province. We are working very hard to incorporate more synchro into the clubs, but with Covid, I worry that there may be a few teams lost," Danalee regrets.
"Our club started the first-ever Junior Competitive Team in 2019-2020 and feel like we are slowly breaking barriers that synchronized skating is not just for skaters that are on their way out of the sport, but moreover gives them more opportunities for National and International competitions."
The Junior team has also had two international skaters, one from Switzerland and one from Japan (who is now on Jingu Ice Messengers).
"We have been lucky to have been able to skate almost the entire time"
Nobody is allowed to skate over the age of 22, so this plays a factor for some skaters that are older. They are not allowed in the gym and they are not allowed to cross-train in other cities, they do their workouts at home for now.
The teams are continuing to develop their skills and then hope to start choreo for the next season in the spring once they are allowed to attach again.