From regional to holiday show for local figure skating volunteers

By: Robbie Enos
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The recent U.S. Figure Skating Central Pacific Regional Championships, hosted by the Capital City Figure Skating Club at Skatetown in Roseville, required energy, time and dedication. Mheyanne Davison of Antelope, a Capital City board member and junior board advisor, knew she needed several hands to help with the job. The event also served as training for the volunteers, who will take on additional duties in preparation for the club’s holiday show, a new event, Dec. 21 at Skatetown. The kids will do a charity drive for coats and canned foods so the club can make donations, Davison said. “They were able to be exposed to the different aspects of what goes on behind the scenes to make it a successful event,” Davison said of the regional. “They needed to be professional, show up on time, knowing we had to work on schedules.” Davison had 23 Skatetown members and 31 junior board members serve as volunteers, assisting with the registration desk, food service, decorations, running the music and more. “The members really wanted to do something to help with this competition,” Davison said. “So we all put our heads together and decided a great way for them to help would be by volunteering. A lot of them also get in community service hours, which helps the community and helps them in school.” Several are Roseville and Granite Bay students. Robin Vo of Granite Bay also is a figure skater at the rink. She was happy to help fellow competitors and enhance the event. “I really like seeing all the competitors and just having fun,” Vo said. “Plus, you get free food, so I’m happy about that.” Cheyenne Amaro was another local volunteer and Roseville resident. “I’m really glad to be out here because I get to hang out with my friends and see everyone skate,” said Amaro, who competed in the senior ladies event. “When you volunteer, you get community service for your school … so I’m really glad that I am doing that as well.” Junior Board Vice President Julie Smith had considerable responsibility helping with the event. She hoped her work and the work of the volunteers made the regional an enjoyable and exciting spectacle. “It’s cool because I love watching everybody else skate, too,” Smith said. “I like being a part of it all and knowing that I can help.”