By Michael Bascombe
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Grenada could have representation at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia in 2014.
Last month, the Grenada Figure Skating Association (GFSA) was granted provisional membership in the International Skating Union (ISU).
The GFSA, which was formed in 2007 and recognised by the Grenada Olympic Committee three years later, is hoping that this international recognition will give Grenadians who could figure skate an opportunity to compete at the highest level.
President of GFSA, Grenadian-born Earl Clarkson said that the provisional membership means that Grenada could be represented internationally at winter sports, starting this season.
Currently there is one Grenadian figure skater, 14-year-old Oliya Clarkson, who is trained by Nikolai Morozov and who is considered to be one of the best coaches in the world.
“Oliya has been training and is excited to represent Grenada on the international arena,” said Clarkson.
However, he said that in order for GFSA to sustain ISU membership it has to meet all the requirements of the ISU’s Constitution, including an ice rink. “As strange as it sounds it’s a very realistic project that we have been working on,” he said.
Clarkson said that the ice rink could be used as a multipurpose facility, such as ice skating, roller skating, bowling among others, especially among the Grenadian youths.
The GFSA is headed by Earl Clarkson with James Clarkson as the Vice-President and Reena Leschinsky as the General Secretary.
to see video of Oliya Clarkson figure skating.