With the Winter Olympics on the horizon, you can bet many in Saugeen Shores will be watching the figure skating competitions to pick up some pointers.
It's because the Battle of the Blades is returning to the Plex put on by the Saugeen Shores Skating Club.
At the official kickoff (February 5th, 2018), show co-producer Janet Dawson says they have 17 teams entered for the competition set for April 20th, 2018.
Dawson says the first ever Battle of Blades, held in 2016, was sold out.
She expects much the same this year.
Dawson points out, "Most of the people are new. They did not skate in the 2016 event. I guarantee there will be something there that you will really enjoy."
Battle of the Blades is a fundraiser and this year, half the proceeds will be going to Caitlyn Cobean's Community Crusaders.
Caitlyn's mom, Rona Cobean says they raise funds to help improve the lives of families in the area, whose children have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
You may recall Caitlyn Cobean lost her battle with cancer at age 15, in 2008.
Skaters as young as five to adult, will be paired with someone and a routine will be developed for them with music, costumes and of course, skating talent.
One of those taking part is former Tier 2 Jr. A hockey player Colin Morano, who played out of Orillia.
Morano says "It's a great cause and I'm ready to have some fun."
Morano will be skating with Jen Wallace.
At the other end of the spectrum, 5 year old Rylee Simmonds will be skating with 6 year old Kai Bailey.
Both were on the ice with others shortly after the official kickoff, getting ready to polish their routines for the April 20th event.
Admission will be by donation.
Above Photo (L-R): Colin Morano (Participant) and Janet Dawson (Saugeen Shores Figure Skating Club & Show Co-Producer), © 2018 John Divinski.