Annual competition draws skaters far and wide

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — More than 100 amateur skaters from across Ohio and New York gathered at the Youngstown Skate skating rink Sunday, for the 6th Annual League Meet Competition.

“They skate figures, dance and free style,” said Jack Muransky, manager of Youngstown Skate. “We bring nine judges in from all over the state of Ohio to judge this competition.”

The competition attracts skaters of all ages, ranging from three to 70 years old.

Tara Townsend of Youngstown has been skating for several years.

“I’m going to be skating to ‘Pink Panther’ and ‘Cats,’ like a medley of the both of them,” said Townsend.

She’s been skating at Youngstown Skate for years now and said she feels very comfortable on the rink.

“I like it because it’s at my floor, and I get to practice here all the time. And I like it because it just gives you a chance to do what you love and be free,” said Townsend.

“It is fun exercise and quality time. Spending it relaxing away from work, home and things like that,” added fellow competitor Latha Dwarakanath.

Youngstown Skate started the competition six years ago to help the younger skaters prepare for bigger competitions.

“To give the children an opportunity to skate against one another and to get practice for getting ready to go to regionals and nationals,” finished Muransky.

The judges will hand out medals for first, second and third place in each category.

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