By Submitted Article on November 2, 2019.
Local skater performs with the pros
Submitted by the Lethbridge
A skater from the Lethbridge Skating Club performed with a cast of championship figure skaters at the Enmax Centre Oct. 17 as part of the “Rock the Rink” tour. The show, headlined by Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, included a star-studded cast of nine of the world’s best skaters including Patrick Chan, Elvis Stojko, Kaetlyn Osmond and more.
The tour selected a Special Olympics athlete to join the show in each of the tour stops across the country. The Lethbridge Figure Skating Club was proud and excited to have Moriah Van’t Land selected as the Lethbridge athlete.
Moriah has true passion for performing, and will tell anyone that asks that she wants to be famous! Before the show started, when Moriah had a chance to see where her family and skating friends were seated, she told her mom, Angela, “Oh no, I’m going to be too famous!” Performing in front of her biggest crowd to date at “Rock the Rink,” Moriah thrilled the audience, skating to “Give Me a 10” from Beethoven’s Wig. At the end of the show, Moriah was welcomed back to the ice, getting a hug from Patrick Chan before taking a bow with the cast and skating a victory lap to “high-five” spectators seated rink side.
Performing in Rock the Rink was an exciting and unique opportunity for Moriah. When the show was done and the nerves had passed, her mom asked her, “How was it?” and Moriah answered as only Moriah can: “It was magical. Happy glitter magic!”
Moriah is 13 years old and has been skating with the Lethbridge Skating Club for seven years. For the past two seasons Moriah has been competing in Special Olympics events. In February of this year, Moriah competed at the 2019 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games in Calgary, where she won Gold. This past spring Moriah was awarded the Jamie SalŽ Special Olympics Skater Achievement Award by Skate Canada Alberta/NWT Nunavut. Moriah is currently working hard to improve her spiral, and her long term goal is to compete in Special Olympics at Worlds.