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Tar Heels in Chapel Hill are showcasing and sharpening their abilities through the UNC Figure Skating Club. The student organization coordinates and plans peer-coached figure skating sessions while also inviting new skaters into the sport.
With freestyle training times and public skating opportunities, the club is open to both experienced skaters and those looking to explore the sport for the first time. The students regularly meet at the Wake Competition Center in Morrisville and the Orange County Sportsplex in Hillsborough.
“The Figure Skating Club is a group of students who like to get together to skate and just have a good time,” said Rhea Jayaswal, a Carolina junior. “It’s been a great way to meet new people and make new friends. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know all the people, from former competitive pro skaters to other people who are trying it out for the first time like me.”
Most importantly, club president Katherine Xing says, the club aims to empower its skaters and provide a mindset that they can apply to anything they do in life.
“Even if you’ve never stepped on the ice before or if you spent half your lifetime dedicated to the sport, once you step onto that ice, the ice is yours,” the Carolina sophomore said. “That’s the energy that I want the skating club to embody.”