By Jensen, Randy on October 19, 2019.
A member of the Lethbridge Skating Club performed with a cast of championship figure skaters at the Enmax Centre Thursday night as part of the “Rock the Rink” tour.
The show, headlined by Olympic and world ice dance champions 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 Skating Club was proud and excited to have Moriah Van’t Land selected as the Lethbridge athlete.
Van’t Land has true passion for performing, and will tell anyone that asks that she wants to be famous! Before the show, when she 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, Van’t Land thrilled the audience, skating to “Give Me a 10” from Beethoven’s Wig. At the end of the show, she 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.
According to a release from the City of Lethbridge, performing in “Rock the Rink” was an exciting and unique opportunity for Van’t Land. 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!”
Van’t Land is 13 years old and has been skating with the Lethbridge Skating Club for seven years. For the past two seasons she has been competing in Special Olympics events. In February, Van’t Land competed at the 2019 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games in Calgary, where she won gold. This past spring she was awarded the Jamie SalŽ Special Olympics Skater Achievement Award by Skate Canada Alberta/NWT Nunavut.
Van’t Land is currently working hard to improve her spiral, and her long-term goal is to compete in Special Olympics at Worlds.