Dale Clifford, Peterborough Examiner, March 10, 2014 --- There will be a local touch in another special way when Elizabeth Manley brings her friends for an ice skating show at the Memorial Centre on April 5.
In addition to the all-star cast for the Elizabeth Manley and Friends Ice Show, will be on-ice representation from Peterborough and the Peterborough Figure Skating Club (PFSC).
Peterborough Special Olympian Makaya Dafoe will be joined by PFSC members Tyler Morello, Mya Jolley, Shawna Sparkes, Emma Atter, Kendra Morello, Kortney Morello, Asha Chandra, Laura Pede, Cassandra Sargent and Taryn Rollins.
Dafoe will skate to music from Avatar while the others, under the choreography of coach Brigitte Mackey, will perform to the music of I Believe, the theme of the Vancouver Olympics. Writer of that song Alan Frew of Glass Tiger is set to sing it as they skate.
Manley made the announcement of the addition of the local involvement at the Memorial Centre on Sunday afternoon. The show is in support of Community Living Peterborough’s Home of Our Own Campaign and the afternoon also included a skate.
Manley also announced the Olympic pairs team of Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel were added to the lineup, which included Kirsten Moore- Towers and Dylan Moscovitch, Elvis Stojko, Yuka Sato, Steven Cousins, Elladj Balde and Gladys Orozco.
“I wanted to include the skaters from here because it is important to highlight local talent and give them this experience and exposure,’’ said Manley, an Olympic and world silver medalist and three-time national champion. “I remember when I started and it’s important to give back and help support others.’’
The local skaters, whose age range is from 10 to 16, were excited when they heard they were being included in the show. They said they just found out last Monday.
“It is amazing,’’ said Kendra Morello. “It is something to be part of this and be on the ice with them. It will be different for us because there will be more people. We have skated in competition and are used to that but this is a show. We will still have fun.’’
Mackey said it would be special in another way.
“Having them skate to that song means a lot because of the Olympics and it is the year of our carnival,’’ she said. “They will skate for three minutes as a group but I will highlight each of their individual skills. This is very exciting. We are looking forward to it.’’
Supporting Community Living Peterborough has been very important to Manley.
“I am most excited about helping them and the community,” she said. “It is also a chance to raise awareness.’’
“Elizabeth has such a big heart and it means so much to us she supports
Show tickets, starting at $37, are available at www.memorialcentre.ca. For other event details visit www.communitylivingpeterborough.ca.