The Estevan Figure Skating Club is preparing for their season as they get in some extra ice time before the fall and winter months. “It's just extra ice for those that basically want to be really competitive and get a good start,” said coach Janice Grocholski. She also noted that in the summer, the skaters get more extra ice time than in the winter season. “They'll skate an hour and 15 minutes a day because they have school in there too,” she said. “One week of summer ice makes up a lot of winter time.” The extra sessions will run for two-and-a-half hours a day for two weeks. They started August 19. During each practice, the figures skaters work on their basic skating skills, including spinning, jumping, and other techniques they would practice during the winter season. The practises are open to skaters of all levels, including juniors, intermediates and seniors. Grocholski noted that most of the Estevan figure skaters are at the beginner level in provincial competition, so most of them are practising two to three weeks during the summer, so they can be more competitive once the season starts. The figure skating season starts at the beginning September. Grocholski is also excited to be back on the ice because she broke her leg in January while skating. “I'm just really excited for winter coming up, lots of good kids with lots of energy, and it should be a good year,” said Grocholski.