Samantha Ellis works on her routine at a practice last week. Ellis will be among many skaters to put their skills on display at this weekend’s Jingle Blades competition.

Samantha Ellis works on her routine at a practice last week. Ellis will be among many skaters to put their skills on display at this weekend’s Jingle Blades competition.

Jingle Blades event set for Centennial Arena

The White Rock-South Surrey Skating Club’s annual winter competition is set to entertain figure skating fans this weekend.

The White Rock-South Surrey Skating Club’s annual winter competition is set to entertain figure skating fans this weekend at Centennial Arena.

Beginning tomorrow (Friday) and wrapping up Sunday afternoon, the club’s Jingle Blades competition – now in its 17th year – will feature more than 450 skaters from throughout the province, in categories ranging from pre-preliminary to competitors in the most advanced ‘performance program.’

Friday, skaters will hit the ice from 8 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., with pre-preliminary women and men, pre/introductory interpretive and bronze, silver and gold interpretive categories set to compete.

On Saturday, from 8 am. until 9:45 p.m., skaters from preliminary men’s and women’s divisions, as well as bronze, silver and gold women’s divisions, will perform.

Sunday, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., skaters in the performance program will put their skills on display.

Twenty-five skaters from the host club will compete, many of which will be taking part in their first competition.

Admission is free, and in addition to the on-ice activities, there will also be daily raffle draws held at the rink.

Though the White Rock-South Surrey Skating Club has now hosted the province-wide event for nearly two decades, it’s not a given that the club is awarded the winter event each year.

“Because our club and team of volunteers puts their hearts and souls into making this event so memorable, our club has been awarded this honour the last 17 years,” said Rae Buxton, the club’s director of publicity and promotions.