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Sunday afternoon figure skaters from the Swift Current Skating Club took spectators on a journey around the world as they held their year-end skating show at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex.

The show's theme was 'Oh, the Places You'll Go' and saw 27 performances from 150 skaters from the club performing routines highlighting different countries.

Dorothy Gillis, a coach with the Swift Current Skating Club, said that the theme is based on the Dr. Seus book 'Oh, the Places You'll Go!'.

"We were just going over different ideas that we've done in the past, and one of the coaches came up with the idea," she said. "She thought it would be a fun way to showcase the kids and pick different ideas from around the world."

Gillis added that they put on the show every year as a way to show parents, grandparents, and community members what the skaters have learned.

"It's just a great way to end the year," she said. "The skaters can showcase what they've learned and all of their talents throughout the year, and it's just a fun event, and the kids love to perform. Many of them skate just to be able to perform in the ice show."

She added that the show has been a staple of the skating club for over 50 years and that it's a good way to cap off the year and let the kids have fun.

Gillis said that she was pleased to see the number of people that came out to watch the show.

"It was really great," she said. "There was some really great support today. The place was pretty much full, and it was fun. There were many times you could hear the audience clap along to the music and just encouraging the skaters to continue."

The 150 skaters ranged from ages three all the way to eighteen and featured two skaters for the last time as both Danica Finlay and Nadine Steinley are graduating.

"Danica has skated for our club for about ten years or so, and Nadine has been skating with the club a little bit longer," Gillis said. "They performed a number that really said thank you to their parents and to the club and being able to show off their talents."

Gillies said it's bittersweet to watch two students move on.

"You certainly can appreciate how much they've grown up and what they've learned from their time," she said. "Just little kids learning to stand up on their feet, to forwards and backwards crossovers, and then finally skating like they did today. They both have progressed so wonderfully throughout the years and into just lovely young ladies."

The performances also featured Tristan Taylor who earlier this year finished fifth in the novice men's division at the national championships.

Gillis added that the event went well as it was very entertaining and featured fun performances, great costumes and decorations.

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