An event-filled year awaits figure skaters and fans alike at the Bellingham Sportsplex. The fun kicks off with U.S. Figure Skating’s National Skating Month. This is a great opportunity for rinks and clubs to celebrate skating with families and new fans. This year, with the excitement of the Winter Olympics just around the corner in February, it is the perfect time to experience this fun and exciting sport. In fact, in honor of the Olympics, National Skate Month will be celebrated during January and February.

The Skating Academy gives kids the feeling of personal accomplishment. Photo courtesy: Whatcom Sports & Recreation.

Join the Figure Skating Academy for National Skate Day on January 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You can enjoy great exhibitions and pick up some cool swag from U.S. Figure Skating. Stick around for public skate time and take advantage of free skate rental on this very special day.

Leading right into the Valentine’s Day weekend is the LOVE to Skate exhibition on February 16 at 7:00 p.m. Fans and families will have another opportunity to watch some great skating. Don’t forget to stay for the public skate session right after the event.

Once the Olympics are over, the Bellingham Blades skaters will display their talent at the Bellingham Blades Invitational competition. Held in April, this event brings skaters from all over Puget Sound. Each will represent their individual club in this Learn to Skate USA competition event. Last year touted over 30 competitors including ten local skaters who highlighted their new season programs.

With the Skating Academy, kids thrive on the ice. Photo courtesy: Whatcom Sports & Recreation.

These events are supported by a strong skating community. “Our parents are awesome volunteers,” says Keri Ferguson, Figure Skating Academy Director. “We couldn’t host this kind of event without all of this participation from our skaters, coaches and families.”

New sessions for the Learn to Skate Academy are already being scheduled in 2018 and private instruction is always available.

Come cheer on our local skaters, have some fun, build community and celebrate this great sport at the Bellingham Sportsplex.

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