Ravens Figure Skating Competitive Club: Bus Funds

Ravens Figure Skating Competitive Club: Bus Funds

The Rundown

We are the Ravens Competitive Figure Skating Team – a competitive sports team that competes in inter-university competitions in the OUA. Our main event this season is the 2017 OUA Figure Skating Championships in February. We practice 8 hours per week at the Ice House on campus.

Our club was founded in 2002, by one skater representing Carleton. We now take over 17 athletes to each and every competition and boasted a first place finish in the Novice Short program at the 2016 OUA Championships! We are dedicated to providing each member a rewarding student-athlete experience and second to none team atmosphere.

Throughout our season, we compete in various competitions within Ontario which usually requires us to travel in multiple cars. This year we hope to raise enough funds to travel as a team to the OUA Championships at Brock University.

The Background

The Figure skating competitive club has a roster of skaters with many different specialities – ice dance, free skate and synchro. In fact, at each competition we enter in up to 12 different categories. We offer a competitive stream (20 athletes this season) to those athletes who enjoy testing their skills against opponents from other universities and development stream (13 athletes this season) to those who aspire to one day be part of the competitive team/improve their current skills.

Each season we are gratefully supported by the Department of Athletics as a Competitive Club however due to the size of club, National Sport Organization fees, competition fees (including transportation) and overall operating cost the club still requires high membership fees. Taking into account these high membership fees, the last thing we believe our athletes deserve is the stress of being responsible/driving team members to and from competitions, especially in the winter and in the dark. Once at competitions our athletes are always envious of every other university team arriving on a bus, free of the stress that comes with driving for 4+ hours in the winter. With your help we’d like to eliminate this transportation issue and have our hardworking Ravens athletes be able to arrive, compete, and return home safely as a unit.

The Rollout

Throughout the season the club hosts several fundraisers as well as two ice shows. You will often find us hosting a bake sale outside basketball games and hosting comedy nights at Absolute Comedy (next date is January 19th, 2017). While we do raise a modest amount of money at these events we are no where close to the funds required for a bus and hope that participating in the FutureFunder platform we will reach our goal. All donations will be used directly toward securing a Leduc bus for the 2017 OUA Championships hosted by Brock University in St. Catherines.

The Benefits

Every donation received will directly support our figure skaters and the club. It will allow our athletes to travel to OUAs worry free and demonstrate all their hours of hard work and practice this season out on competition ice. You will be adding value to the student-athlete experience & helping the team make memories that they can remember for years to come. On behalf of Carleton Ravens Figure Skating, we appreciate your support!

The Team

Sofija Mrdja

Team Captain

Sofija is a fourth year Honors Psychology student. She has competed for Carleton through the whole of her undergrad and has been a passionate team leader for the past two seasons. She represents the Ravens in the freeskate and synchro categories alongside her dedicated teammates.

Laura Kilpatrick

Head Coach

This is Laura's (centre) fifth year with the team and third year as head coach. Having been a varsity athlete during her undergraduate studies she values what it is to be a student-athlete and is dedicated to providing all athletes on the team with a positive university sport experience.

Meg Simpson

Assistant

Meg skated on the team for four years during her undergrad in Journalism, graduating in 2015. She was captain in her senior year and now assists with the dance team. She's enjoying seeing the team grow and is dedicated to the teams continued success.

Backers

Laura Kilpatrick

Rebecca Price

Bonnie Dearling

Colette Milne-Price

Good luck Rebecca and the rest of the Ladies! Much love Aunt Colette, Uncle John, Addison and Elijah!

Katie Graham

Kira Detlor

Gordana Mrdja

Patricia Romero

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