(PETERBOROUGH) Success has a price and for the Peterborough Figure Skating Club that price was the cost of four new trophies to honour the achievements of their skaters in the 2011-12 season.
In all 53 trophies, certificates and medals were handed out in addition to the countless thanks to the athletes, coaches and volunteers that have dedicated their time and energy to make this past season one to remember.
“It’s been a great season,” remarked club president Diane Sargent.
The awards ceremony, which wrapped up the clubs season, was added to the end of the club’s annual general meeting May 9 at the Burnham Street Lion’s Club.
For six-year-old Ryan Greco, the excitement of the sport association’s committee reports during the first part of the evening was more than he could bear. The young skater couldn’t stay awake through the proceedings and wasn’t able to accept his Canskate award – at least not the first time around.
Having been the only the second award recipient called, Greco was able to rally himself for a second attempt at the podium at the end of the ceremony.
A man of few words, Greco allowed his mom Sheila to express his love for the sport on his behalf and how the technical components of the clubs skating program complement his hockey prowess.
Veteran skater Claire Lapum, ended her figure skating career on a high note earning the Grainger Construction sponsored Dance award which she shared with co-recipient Kalen Westby. The 18-year-old Lapum completed her gold medal dance testing in spite of a nagging knee injury and won’t be returning to skate next season.
“I’m going to retire to move on to my next dream which is rowing,” says Lapum, who was accepted into the Arts and Science with Emphasis on teaching program at Trent.
She is choosing to trade an oar for her blades as she doesn’t think she can handle her studies and the time commitment of three sports. Lapum is also an accomplished speed skater.
Other notable award winners included Kortney Morello who took home the Ernest Dutrizac award for her assistance and commitment to the club, its coaches and athletes in all of the organizations activities. Laura Pedes was honoured with the Dorothy Martin Preliminary Ladies award while Gabrielle Delisle was presented with the Westby Artistic Award.
Greco, was one of two winners of the Canskate award, an honour dedicated to PFSC president Diane Sargent’s mother Barb Thompson. Rori Young was the second award winner.