Tatamagouches Alyssa McKay practices her program recently at Colchester Legion Stadium for this weekends STARSkate Provincials. The event gets underway Friday and continues until Sunday.
TRURO - This STARSkate provincials is different for the members of the Truro Figure Skating Club.
This one is at home.
For the first time in more than 10 years the club is hosting a competition on its home ice at Colchester Legion Stadium,
The competition, which is free for spectators, gets underway Friday and continues through to Sunday. And the Truro club members are excited.
"Yeah, because we've never had one here before," said 10-year-old Alyssa McKay. "A lot of my family is going to come."
That's something the skaters of the club haven't had the chance to experience before, having more than just mom and dad in the stands due to the travel involved in most of their competitions.
"It's nice that we don't have to drive a long way," said Grace Tompkins, a 13-year-old skater.
But having more family and friends in the stands also poses a new challenge to the skaters, handling their nerves.
"I am a little nervous about it," Tompkins said.
But McKay said getting to the task at hand should help settle those butterflies.
"I think the nervousness will go away once I get on the ice," she said with a smile.
That excitement around the club was something coaches and parents were hoping would happen when they submitted a bid to host the event.
"We did it for the kids," said coach Annette Hiltz. "We wanted to have a competition at our own club."
Hiltz said she also hopes holding the event in Truro will help attract some new interest in the sport.
"It's a good chance for people to come and see what we actually do here," she said. "We have good skaters here. Our numbers are good but we could always get better."
Tompkins echoed her coach's comments.
"We work hard," she said. "We don't
just come skate around. We work to try to get better."