WSC skater heads to National Games


by Winchester Skating Club

Skating towards the podium is the only way to do it!

WSC skater Erin Arbuckle is headed to the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Calgary 2024, which run February 27 to March 2.

She is representing Team Ontario in Level 2 Women’s Freestyle, skating her solo to the music “Defying Gravity”. She has been skating four days a week this season, in preparation for what is certain to be tough competition from across Canada.

“I am most looking forward to having the opportunity to skate for my province in my first ever National Games,” Arbuckle stated, when asked by SO what excited her the most about being selected to Team Ontario.

“Erin’s dedication and perseverance despite the obstacles she has faced is a true inspiration to all skaters,” says WSC President, Angela McNaughton, “She often brings me to tears when watching her perform and I can’t wait to see the live stream of her shining in Calgary!”

Arbuckle has been skating with the WSC since she was six, and joined the Ottawa Blades, an SO skating club when she was 10. When the Blades closed at the end of last season, the WSC Board decided to add a Special Olympics session to their registration options.

According to Special Olympics Canada’s website, SO is a global grassroots movement, bringing community programs and competition opportunities to more than 4.5 million children, youth and adults with intellectual disabilities across 170 countries worldwide.


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