Nearly 60 skaters will be competing in the 11th Annual Living on the Edge ISI Team Invitational this weekend at the Edge Ice Center. Skaters of all levels and ages are able to compete.
Kerry Bodenheimer, Recreation Superintendent for the Owensboro Parks Department, said that hosting this event is not only beneficial for the city economically, but is a great opportunity for the local skaters that participate.
“It’s an opportunity for some of the younger skaters because a lot of times it is their first competition,” said Bodenheimer, who is also the coach of the Owensboro team. “They’re not always ready to take that next step and go to an out-of-town competition, so to be able to open it up to younger skaters that are part of our Learn to Skate program really gives them something to work towards and something to strive towards.”
Bodenheimer said about 20 of the participants are from Owensboro’s Learn to Skate program. The rest of the nearly 40 other skaters come from clubs throughout the Midwest — from Bloomington, Indiana to Newark, Ohio to Knoxville, Tennessee.
Bodenheimer is hopeful that the public will come out to watch and support all the competitors.
“It helps our local skaters, and there is no spectator fee so the community is really encouraged to come out and watch the events,” she said.
The competition begins at 8:45 a.m. Saturday and continues until about 7 p.m. The event picks back up at 8 a.m. Sunday and should wrap up at about 1 p.m.