The Carlyle Figure Skating Club has recognized the accomplishments of several of its members during the 2020-21 season.
Rory Miller was named the Outstanding Skater Award winner. She is a new StarSkater this year, and she jumped right in and is absolutely flourishing in the StarSkate Program.
“Rory has achieved all her Star 1 tests this year,” states her bio. “The coaches cannot begin to commend Rory on all her success and growth she has achieved this year. Rory listens intently in all her lessons to each and every instruction.”
People will often find Rory continuing each teaching point and progression beyond her lesson time.
This year has been like none other, but she has made the most of it. The coaches are sure she is smiling and enjoying every moment while at skating.
“Her joy is contagious, and the coaches thoroughly enjoy their time with Rory and wish her all the success in her skating career, and cannot wait to see what she achieves.”
Kaylee Mudrewich was named the top Star Skater for the year. Her coach, Dawn Brady, said Kaylee is a true example of a dedicated, hard-working, kind-hearted StarSkater.
“She has goals she strives to achieve, day to day as well as long-term goals,” said Dawn. “Kaylee is one of the first ones on the ice and the last one to leave, using every last minute to the best of her ability.”
She is actively working on all areas of StarSkate, she is working on her Star 6 skills, Star 6 dance, Star 6 free skate and Star 7 artistic, with plans to test these at the end of the season.
Dawn cited a recent situation at skating, when the club had limited coaches and lessons, in which Kaylee showed her character.
“I offered Kaylee an opportunity for a private lesson rather than a group lesson that was originally scheduled, and she responded, ‘I would rather a group lesson for everyone.’ Her selfless act intern also benefited the skaters around her,” said Dawn.
The club can always count on Kaylee to demonstrate or run an errand around the rink without hesitation.
Kristen Gatapia was recognized in the CanSkate Division. She’s six years old and in her third year of skating. Her coach said it is an absolute pleasure to be able to guide her.
“She always gives her full attention and is always working hard,” said coach Brittany Rowe. “She always has a smile on her face and loves to be out on the ice.”
Kristen comes to CanSkate sessions twice a week and participates in the bridging program. She is currently working toward achieving her stage 6 badge.
“As soon as she steps out on the ice, she has the biggest and brightest smile on her face. She loves to skate and is always wanting to show off the newest skill she has learned. Most recently it’s her forward and backward spirals,” states the bio.
Fellow skater Tiana Dellaleau said Kristen is a pleasure to work with out on the ice. She loves to show her forward and backward cross cuts and her spirals.
“Kristen is always smiling and listens well when we are explaining a new skill to her and then is eager to go and try it. Kristen has a long skating career ahead of her and I can’t wait to see … all she can accomplish,” said Tiana.
Tiana, meanwhile, was named the top program assistant. A volunteer with the CanSkate program for six years, she started out by helping CanSkate sessions and is now a very valuable program assistant.
“I am so grateful for her continued dedication to our club,” said coach Brittany Rowe. “She comes to assist with our CanSkate session once a week and always does a fantastic job. Tiana is always the first person on the ice ready to set up her circuit for that day with a positive attitude and a smile on her face.”
She does a wonderful job with the skill circuits, Rowe said, making sure everything is set up properly and always ensures that skaters are having fun.
Tiana is always respectful, reliable and knowledgeable. She works very well with skaters of all ages and skill levels.
“I can always count on her to be there. No matter how busy she may be, she always makes it a priority to be at CanSkate,” said Brittany. “There have been a few times this year where Tiana has had to fill in on days where she was not originally supposed to help with CanSkate but was always willing to drop what she had going on to be at the rink, eager to help with what I needed for our session that day.”
Also, Brynn Chapman was presented with the Grace Smyth Excellence in Artistry Award.