The UNC Figure Skating Club, established in 2012, is reuniting students in their love for the ice after facing inactivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The club, which meets weekly for figure skating and other activities, has seen a rapid increase in membership this year. Emily Bell, a neuroscience major and vice-president of the club, said everyone was excited to lace up his skates as he became active again.
“If you’re looking to be active while having that creative ability, skating is for you,” Bell said.
How to join
Secretary Ivy Liu said that to become a member, all you have to do is submit a membership application through their Heel life page. Currently, membership is completely open and everyone is welcome to participate in any event they host.
Liu, a first-year nutrition student, said joining the club helped her regain her love for the sport.
“I wanted to refine my love for skating because after quitting competition I had mental health issues,” Liu said. “Being here has really helped me hone the love of skating with people.”
Since figure skating is an individualistic sport by nature, the club allows members to share a passion for something together for what feels like the first time.
“What I realized is that finding this community of people who can support me both on and off the ice is so valuable to me,” said sophomore and club president Katherine Xing. . “I realized that I don’t have to wear things on my own; you can count on these people and the best part is that we share this common love of skating.
The club now has over 80 members, of which about 30 are currently active, all of varying skill levels. Bell said she feels inspired by new members who are excited to learn something new, allowing her to pursue her love for figure skating.
“For me, having grown up with it, I find it so interesting that people are interested, especially at this time in our lives, in choosing something different,” Bell said. “I am inspired by our members who decided to do something new.
The club meets weekly for a public skating and/or off-ice conditioning session. They train at the Orange County SportsPlex or the Wake Competition Center, depending on availability and transportation.
Although not currently active, the club hopes to soon launch an intercollegiate competition program to allow members to participate in many activities, such as ice dancing and solos.
The club hosts multiple social events, scavenger hunts, public skates, and off-ice training opportunities for its members to develop their skating skills and bond with one another.
Xing dedicates his time to ensuring the club is inclusive and accessible so that everyone has the opportunity to push their limits and test their mettle on and off the ice.
“Anyone can join, it’s open,” Xing said. “It’s open to people to have fun, or to stay in touch with their skateboarding side or to reconnect with it.”
To test your balance on the ice and become a member of the UNC Figure Skating Club, you can visit their Heel life page or contact them at [email protected].
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