Grease lightning certainly struck Lake Cowichan to great effect last Friday.
On that evening, the Cowichan Lake Skating Club presented its rendition of the famous American musical Grease at the Cowichan Sports Arena.
“I thought it was absolutely fabulous,” said club vice president Cindy Kruk. “The feedback was that they (the audience) loved it!”
Around 175 people attended the show, which was entry by donation, raising just over $1,000 for the club.
The lucky winner of the 50/50 draw also took home $174.
“I appreciate the support from the community and a big support base came from the skaters’ friends,” said Kruk. “The guys at the arena, Gus and Clarke, helped us so much with the decorating. They helped us hang curtain, stars and so on. Big heavy stuff. All in all, it was a positive community team effort to put the show on.”
Specially for the show, coach and choreographer Lorraine Francisty brought in synchronized skating team, the Duncanettes, to perform for the crowd.
Notably, local girl Emily Vaughan was part of that team.
“People were happy to see the skating show continue,” said Kruk. “The arena was so busy. It was nice to see it being used [so well].”
The CanSkate yearly awards were also announced on the night.
Tyler Hamilton was awarded the Spirit of Skating Award,
Jaden Denman won most improved CanSkater,
Asia Nichols took home the CanSkater of the Year title and,
Brooklyn Kruk was named Star Skater of the Year.