Slave Lake figure skating receives Jumpstart grant

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Lakeside Figure Skating Club in Slave Lake received $10,000 from the Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund Grant, to help it respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A media release from Lakeside says, “In September, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities announced an $8 million sport relief fund to help sport and recreation organizations continue to deliver programming in 2020 and beyond.”

This was for organizations which were impacted by COVID-19.

“Lakeside Figure Skating Club has experienced the impact of the pandemic first-hand,” says the release.

Part of this impact has been only being able to offer STARSkate in the fall, says a Sept. 16, 2020 Leader article – ‘Slave Lake figure skating starting ‘slow’ and ‘small’. This is the competitive upper levels of figure skating. The hope in September was to start Pre-CanSkate and CanSkate in January, should the restrictions allow.

Lakeside is one of 668 Canadian sports and recreation organizations to receive the grant, says the release. “We are beyond grateful to receive this news and know how positive an impact it will have on sport and recreation organizations, and ultimately, on kids across the country.”

With the grant, Lakeside is able to hire more coaches, instructors, and staff to meet provincial health regulations, the release says. Also, it will help with training both staff and volunteers, coming up with strategies for fundraising, and cover start-up expenses to add an online program.

Josy Gelech, in Lakeside Figure Skating Club STARSkate, holds up a sign that Lakeside is a Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund Grant recipient. The figure skating club is in Slave Lake.

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