North Lanarkshire Figure Skating Club managed to fit a British Ice Skating test session in to close off a disappointing 2020.

And coach Gemma Chaddock and her daughter Mollie made the most of the sub-zero temperatures in January to skate on the frozen Glenboig Loch with daughter Mollie.

The club’s test session took place in December, with strict social distancing measures in place, and coaches and skaters alike were just delighted to get back out on the ice, with all the skaters passing.

Committee member Claire Doran said: “The skaters had only been back on the ice for three days before the event, but there were some fabulous passes for our skaters on a Covid-secure rink.

“We are so grateful to Time Capsule management, North Lanarkshire Council and British Ice Skating for working with the club to facilitate as much ice time as possible for our skaters and coaches.

Skaters Katie Cannon and Haley McWhirter show off their certificates
Skaters Katie Cannon and Haley McWhirter show off their certificates

“We missed our Christmas Gala this year but it was great to finish with some new achievements for some of our skaters.”

Club welfare officer Lee McAdam said: “Many ice rinks around the country cannot afford to open due to the pandemic situation and we are one of the lucky ones who have had our ice back.

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“We want to thank North Lanarkshire Council, NL Leisure, and the management team and staff at The Time Capsule for making it all possible.

“Due to the pandemic, the skaters’ yearly goals have been extremely affected and it was great to see them take something positive away from 2020.

“Over lockdown, the skaters worked off-ice via Zoom with their coaches, concentrating on their flexibility and jumps.

Skaters were able to socially distance at the Time Capsule
Skaters were able to socially distance at the Time Capsule

“They also took part in many masterclasses with skating professionals from around the world to keep the skating community motivated during the pandemic.

“Skaters normally train six days a week in the mornings before school and in the evening after school, so having this taken away from them for so many months was very hard on them and all their competitions and events were cancelled.

“We are all very proud of their resilience during these hard times and everyone at the club is grateful to be back on the ice doing what they love.

Coach Gemma Chaddock and daughter Mollie skated on the frozen Glenboig Loch
Coach Gemma Chaddock and daughter Mollie skated on the frozen Glenboig Loch

“We finished the year with a positive where some of our skaters sat their test with them all successfully passing.”

The club are now awaiting news on when they can return to the rink.

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