ROCKPORT, Maine — Fall is here and figure skaters in our area are eagerly awaiting the start of their season at Midcoast Recreation Center. MRC is pleased to welcome its new Skating Director McKenzie Abendroth, who will be heading up MRC’s Learn to Skate program, which begins on Oct. 26 and runs on Saturday mornings throughout the winter.
The recreation center is at 535 West St.
McKenzie began skating at the age of 7, trained as a competitive figure skater for 12 years at the University of Delaware under the coaching of Priscilla Hill and Ron Ludington. McKenzie achieved the highest possible figure test, the 8th or Gold Figure, at the age of 13, and then Senior Free-skating at 17. She is a 4 time national competitor, and 3 time national medalist in Figures. She continued skating during college, helping the Univ. of Delaware earn the Intercollegiate National Championship title in 2002. She began coaching in Newark, Delaware, and continued coaching and exhibition skating during medical school at the University of New England. The later part of her medical training did not allow her to continue her involvement skating. However after residency, she and her husband moved to the Rockport area, and over the past several years she has been excited to become involved with her passion for skating once again.
We are also pleased and excited to have Melissa Emerson, Rebecca Hotelling, and Nancy Ludington Graham coaching in the program this year! Melissa has achieved Gold and International Dance testing and Gold Freestyle in both the U.S. and Canada. Melissa performed for several years as a principal skater for Disney on Ice, and has PSA Master Rating. She coaches both here and in Augusta. Rebecca has accomplished her Adult Gold Dance, Intermediate Free Dance and has also taken freestyle and figure testing as well. Nancy is a four time U.S. National Pairs Champion, competing with Ron Ludington from 1957-1960. She is also an Olympic Bronze Medalist, four-time World Competitor and took the Pairs Bronze medal at the 1959 World Championships. Nancy also achieved high levels in ice dancing, free-skating and figures. She has been coaching for many years and has truly shown a lifelong devotion and love of the sport. Nancy is also a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
MRC is more than thrilled to welcome our new director and all the coaches, and we are so excited for what they will bring to our skating program! To find out more about MRC’s Learn to Skate program, check out our new website www.midcoastrec.org . We are currently taking registrations for this year. We have an ambitious schedule of Learn-To-Skate programs, with classes aimed at all levels of interest and ability, both children and adult, as well as programs for the intermediate and advanced skaters.