Ingersoll native Carrie Butterworth Skate Canada Gold Champion
By Jamie Yates-Losee
The ice shines golden for a member of the Ingersoll figure skating community.
Ingersoll Skating Club (ISC) member Carrie Butterworth, 30, skated her way to gold at the 2016 Skate Canada Adult Figure Skating Championships that took place in Oakville April 21-24.
Hosted by Skate Canada, the national competition draws hundreds of professional and amateur skaters from across Canada to compete in four skate disciplines: free skate, interpretive, ice dance and synchronized skating. Ms. Butterworth placed first out of 10 competitors in Gold Interpretive Class 1, ladies category age 25-to-34-years.
“I am very proud of myself to have come first after all these years of skating,” said Ms. Butterworth, who started skating with the ISC Can-Skate program at age 3, eventually completing all program levels including Gold level tests in free skate, interpretive, dance and skills.
“Only in [synchronized skating] have I competed recently prior to this,” she said, adding she hasn’t competed in singles skating for 9 years.
As she is also a member of the London Skating Club competitive synchronized skating Adult 1 Team, Ms. Butterworth says skating synchro is very different from skating singles.
“[In synchro] you have your whole team with you calming your nerves,” she said. “In singles, it is just you and your coach - just you who goes out there alone.”
“But then again, it is just you who nails it!” she added.
Ms. Butterworth said she is grateful to have a sport she loves so much, even after so many years.
“I have always loved skating – it has always been a part of me,” she says. “The feeling when I step on the ice … cannot compare to anything else!”
After spending several years travelling for work and education, Ms. Butterworth returned to the Ingersoll area in 2014 and joined the ISC as a Can-Skate program assistant. In 2015, she was hired as an ISC coach, and now instructs youth ages 3-16 with the same club where she started her skating career.
Ms. Butterworth had spent 3 years in Western Europe as a chorus skater with the touring Holiday on Ice show. Following this, she spent 2 seasons at Canada’s Wonderland as a member of the park’s production Snoopy Rocks on Ice.
Ms. Butterworth is the daughter of Ingersoll residents Steve and Cheryl Butterworth who own and operate Butterworth’s Service Centre Inc., in Ingersoll. Strong supporters of the figure skating community, the Butterworths also operate a home-based ice skate sales and service business which offers sales of new skates and guards, skate rentals, figure and hockey skate sharpening, blade mounting and more.
Carrie Butterworth, centre, receiving her gold medal during the 2016 Skate Canada Adult Figure Skating Championships medal ceremonies in Oakville April 21-24. Ms. Butterworth placed first in the Gold Interpretive Class I category for women ages 25-34. (contributed)