Area roller skaters compete in National Amateur Roller Skating competition

Area roller skaters compete in National Amateur Roller Skating competition

The National Amateur Roller Skating Association (NARSA) recently held their annual national championships at Family Skating Center.
Jess Wagoner, rink manager, said, "National roller skating events bring out the best skaters. These serious competitors size up their competition as though they are at the Olympics. Many train similarly through long hours of practice, physical conditioning and maintaining healthy diets."
Skaters, ranging in age from eight years old to their early 70s, and from as far away as Colorado, Florida, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and New York competed for three days in artistic and speed skating events for coveted medals and a place in roller skating history.
Wagoner also said, "Roller skating is family friendly. In fact, the competition brought several families who competed. Among them was a group from Family Skating Center. We're especially proud that everyone associated with the rink medaled."
Hagerstown Artistic Skating, coached by Kay Brown, garnered six first place wins and two second place wins.
Artistic medallists are: Holli Shanz, Sherrie Holoman, Michael Elkins, Austin & April Shanz, Austin Shanz, Robyn Witt, April Shanz, and Kylie Reed.
Trained by Hagerstown Hypersonics coach, Jess Wagoner, all three skaters entering the speed skating competition, yet skating unattached from their team, won medals.
Speed skating medallists are: Zac Wonder, Heather Zello, and Ryan Smith.
For more information on learning to skate, contact Family Skating Center at 301-695-2020 or call toll free 1-866-SKATE-00.