ROB DRAL The Standard
The Ripple Effect group is an organization funding two Syrian families coming to Uxbridge.
The support group is holding a Skating Gala on Friday, April 15 to raise money in support of the two families. Join the community for a night of world class skating.
The Skating Gala begins at 7pm at the Uxbridge Arena. Tickets are only $10 and can be bought at the door.
The Skating Gala features some of the world’s top figure skating talent including: Canada’s Junior National Champions, Czech Republic’s Junior National Champions, members of the Great Britain World Team, Senior Canadian International and National Team members, and Special Winter Olympics Canadian silver medalist.
One of those Junior National Champions is none other then Uxbridge’s own Mackenzie Bent.
Mackenzie and her partner Dmitre Razgulajevs recently won gold medals at the Junior National Championships this past January.
Mackenzie started skating when she was only 3 years old at the Uxbridge Skating Club. “Skating was definitely love at first glide,” says Mackenzie. She was paired with her first partner at the age of 7 and just recently started skating with Dmitre, where they found instant success.
“With only 7 months skating together we managed to capture the gold medal at Junior Nationals,” recalls Mackenzie. This coming season, Mackenzie and Dmitre will be moving up to senior level and are excited for the challenges that lay ahead. When not skating, Mackenzie loves to read a good Margaret Atwood novel or spend time with friends and family.
The end of the season doesn’t mean Mackenzie is taking off the skates just yet. She chose to skate at the Gala to give back to the community that has supported her for so long. Mackenzie told The Standard all the opportunities given to her in life is the reason she loves being involved in events like this.
“I've been so fortunate to love what I get to do on a daily basis, and I think the realization of that has shown me the importance of helping others. If I can inspire a little girl to skate, or even draw a small crowd out to a show in support of what I feel is an incredible cause then I can say I've accomplished, what I feel, is something worth more than a gold medal,” she said.
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