By Lindsay Briscoe
From ice time, to costumes, coaches, acting lessons, and travel costs to and from the arena, appointments and classes, the bills for representing the country on ice pile up fast from one year to the next.
Mine General Manager, Chris Cormier, who glided confidently over the ice to meet Canada’s top team on his own blades at the Cochenour Arena this past Saturday, thanked Eric Radford and Meagan Duhamel for their commitment to the community and for taking time out of their busy schedule to help run workshops for a number of star-struck local skaters last week.
He also mentioned there’s no denying the fact that Goldcorp can relate to the pairs team’s effort – both are on the quest for gold, after all, he joked.
Radford, who lived and skated in Balmertown until he moved away for training at 13, and Duhamel, who grew up in the small town of Lively, ON, both addressed the crowd. They thanked the community for supporting them over the years and the mine for the generous donation which they both say will help them train for next year’s winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
The Olympic qualifying competition will be the 2014 Canadian Figure Skating Championships to be held in Ottawa next January. Canada will send its top three pairs teams. After such a successful season, Radford and Duhamel are confident they’ll be packing their bags for Sochi in a little less than a year.