The Chisasibi Skating Club is busy planning its second annual ice show for April 19 and 20. Apart from performances by the club’s own members, Chisasibi will also play host to Josef Sabovcik, who got medals in skating at the Olympics and World Championships.

“They call him the jumping machine,” said Rhonda Spencer, the club’s coach. “He’s an amazing jumper.”

Also scheduled: a skating pair from the U.S. Spencer said the pair will probably be Anita Hearthorn and Frank Sweiding, who were world-class pair champions several times over. “They’ve got lots of tricks,” said Spencer. “Things that’ll make people scream.”

Well-known Canadian skater Elizabeth Manley, who was a crowd favourite at last year’s show, was supposed to show up again but cancelled at the last minute due to another engagement she couldn’t get out of.

The skating club, now in its third season, just keeps on getting more successful, according to Spencer From 120 members last year, It has grown to 170 today – most of them kids. Spencer said she couldn’t tell us what they’ll be doing at this year’s ice show. “Oh, I can’t give that out now,” she laughed. “That has to be a surprise. They don’t even know until next week.”

Spencer said only that it has something to do with animals. Be prepared to see skating crocodiles, tigers, lions and elephants. Prices: $10 for adults, $5 for kids.

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