The Mile Zero Figure Skating Club held its year-end club competition on April 3, and took the time to honour its three graduating skaters with a parting gift. Karlee Dahlen, along with fellow skaters Tamara Dobb and Alexis Conroy, is graduating from DCSS this year, and will be moving on from the club where she spent the last 14 years figure skating and honing her craft.
"I'm very sad to be leaving them, but I hope to come back, and drop-in for a skate at the holidays," Dahlen said. "I'm very happy and thankful for everything the club has taught me."
The figure skating club would typically end the year with its carnival show, where all the skaters perform in front of an audience, and the graduating skaters are honoured. Though that couldn't happen this year, Dahlen was pleased the club surprised her with the honour.
"It was awesome. I'm glad we could have one last competition, and this was a nice surprise," said Dahlen.
The Mile Zero Figure Skating Club shared a post on its Facebook page wishing Dahlen well going forward.
"Congratulations to our final graduating skater, Karlee! Karlee has also been skating with us for many years and has grown into a beautiful skater and person. Despite all the challenges this year she continued to work hard toward her goals. We know her dedication and work ethic will take her great places," the post read.
Dahlen said she had a great final year despite it being incredibly different. She will be going to school in Kamloops next year, but hopes to take a coaching course so she can help out a couple days a week and stick with the sport.
"I love the sport. When you've been figure skating for that long it's hard to up and stop, because of how much work you've put in. Skating has taught me how to persevere and work hard for a long period of time, even amidst failure and hard times," she said.
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