Paige Lawrence, Olympian and former pairs skater, was the keynote speaker at Waskada Skating Club’s fundraiser (for the arena) on April 13. Her motivational presentation included lessons she learned throughout her skating career. She had stories to go with each point and then she held a question and answer session where she answered a lot of neat questions about her Olympic experience.
Before the evening started, Lawrence held a Meet & Greet with the Waskada Skating Club STARSkaters Eve Griffith, Townsly McMillan, Dylan Radcliffe, Charlie Lee, Sadie Guenther, Ainslee McGregor and coach Sharlene McGregor. They had their picture taken with Paige, got her autograph and even had the opportunity to try on one of Lawrence’s Olympic jackets.
Ainslee McGregor and Seoul Tilokani just wrapped up their first year of pair skating and they were very excited to meet Lawrence and have their picture taken with her as well.
Paige Lawrence is an Olympian, a former pairs skater and is currently building her career as an executive coach. She grew up outside of the small town of Kennedy, SK, but spent a large portion of her career in Virden, MB. She found her love for pairs figure skating when she began skating with Rudi Swiegers in 2005 and the two went on to have quite the career together. They placed 4th at Junior Worlds in 2009, were on the Senior National team for 6 consecutive years, competed at 21 international competitions with several medal placements, was a four-time Canadian National bronze medalist, and achieved her lifetime goal of competing in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Lawrence retired from competitive figure skating in 2014, being ranked 12th in the world.