Martina and Emma make synchronized skating look easy as they flow around the ice.
PARRSBORO: Martina Yorke and Emma Goodwin have spent more than a decade honing in the fine art of figure skating, an art they display every time they step on the ice at one of the Parrsboro Figure Skating Club's performances.
Both girls started figure skating at the age of four and now Yorke at age 15 and Goodwin 16 are working on their Star level enabling them to aim towards pursuing synchronized skating or pairs skating.
After completion of the seven Canskate levels -- the first three of which focused on the basics such as balance, gliding forward and gliding backward -- the girls learnt about edges. Edges focuses on learning the dimensions of the skate blade enabling them to accomplish the turns and spins and jumps, all the things that will be necessary when it comes to learning dances.
Power and speed come into affect once balance, gliding and learning edges are mastered.
Once all the levels of Canskate are completed which both girls had completed by the time they were in Grade 6, they advanced forward into the Starskate which consists of figure skating in four areas; skating skills, ice dance, free skate and interpretive.
"Emma and I have been working on a routine that we will be performing at our annual Christmas show," Yorke said, "we've spent every practice since the beginning of the season on this routine and we're pretty excited to be able to share it with everyone at the show."
Both girls agreed it was their love for skating that kept them in the Parrsboro Figure Skating Club for over ten years.
The girls also said they participated in a competition in Yarmouth last season and are hopeful they will get the opportunity to take part in competitions this season.
"The competition in Yarmouth consisted of precisions which was a group of fifteen participating in the routine. We may not have come in first but for our first competition and even though we were nervous the competition went well," Yorke said.
The two skaters plan to continue with figure skating once their final levels are learned Goodwin said there are possible coaching opportunities when they reach university.
"There are certain courses that have to be completed but once those are completed the opportunity to teach dance, skills, freestyle and even choreography would be an option," Goodwin said.
Both girls expressed interest in carrying out their love for skating into the coaching aspect saying that they love working with people.