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Colonial FSC holds benefi t ice show


U.S. silver medalist Ross Miner helped headline the Colonial FSC’s annual Ice Crystals Show benefi ting Why Me & Sherry’s House, a nonprofi t organization in Worcester, Massachusetts, dedicated to providing support to families battling childhood cancer.


Joining Miner in the show titled “Ceremony of Stars” were 2018 Olym- pian Aimee Buchanan of Israel, 2002 Olympian and 2003 U.S. pairs champion Tiff any Scott, 2018 U.S. novice pairs champions Jade Hom and Franz-Peter Jerosch, U.S. intermediate ladies bronze medalist Arianna Concepcion, and 200 members of the Colonial FSC.


Olympian Sheryl Franks and Chad Brennan directed the show. The Colonial FSC has 500 members, and is located at the Nashoba Valley Olympia Rink in Boxborough, Massachusetts.


Katelyn Ho receives


Komperda award Katelyn Ho of Redondo Beach, California, and a member of Los Angeles Figure Skating Club, is a recipient of the Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund Award. Ho, 15, is a novice-level skater who started skating at 7 years old. She fi nished fourth at the 2017 Sum- mer Classic at Glacier Falls.


A high school freshman, Ho said that overcoming her shyness was a key factor in growing as a person and skater.


“You’re going to grow into your- self; in the meantime, just be kind to yourself and know that there are things that you can do to re- ally fl ex that confi dence muscle,” she said.


“When I felt as though I had pushed myself to the limit, I pushed myself even harder. My focus tightened and my goal of becoming the best I could be was what kept me going.”


The award was established in 2009 by Komperda in honor of her parents. Over the last nine years, the Joyce Komperda Ath- lete Support Fund has allowed skaters at the intermediate, novice and junior levels to help achieve their dreams on the ice.


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Dallas FSC skaters show their club spirit at the Hope Outdoor Gallery in Austin, Texas. This unique outdoor community park provides space for colorful murals with inspirational messaging. Wearing their “I Am DFSC” T-shirts are Lyla Mixon and Julia and Lucia Barrientos.


First ‘Axels for Alzheimer’s’ event a success


Two-time U.S. champion Alissa Czisny and eight- time U.S. Championships competitor Sean Rab- bitt headlined a roster of many of New England’s rising competitive skaters at a benefi t ice show on June 23 titled “Axels for Alzheimer’s.”


Leah Spencer, a skater from Providence, Rhode Island, founded and directed the show at William L. Chase Arena in Natick, Massachusetts. Her grandmother is battling Alzheimer’s. Wendy Sheridan, a U.S. Figure Skating announcer who recently lost her father to the disease, also helped organize the show.


Through donations and ticket sales, the show


raised $2,500 for the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (do- nations are still being accepted through the Axel Challenge). For every Axel landed in the show (32), people donated $10. The Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is a Boston-based 501(c)(3) organization that has contributed close to $70 million to Alz- heimer’s research.


Czisny performed to the songs “Dante’s Prayer” and “Elastic Heart.” Rabbitt skated to “Fix You” and “Mambo Medley.”


David and Lydia Magill also contributed to the event, which may become an annual ice show.


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