World champion Osmond thrills Kamloops Skating Club members at seminar

Kiana Hayhurst seemed dazed.

The 11-year-old Aberdeen elementary student was not alone.

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She was among Kamloops Skating Club members who enjoyed a seminar taught by 22-year-old world champion and Olympic medallist figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre on Saturday.

Osmond took time to sign autographs and take pictures with club members, most of whom appeared starstruck when it was their turn to pose with their Canadian hero.

“I love teaching seminars,” Osmond said. “I’ve gotten the opportunity to teach a few across Canada. It’s really exciting every time.”

Judging by huge smiles on faces of young skaters, they loved it, too.

“To meet her, I was really happy,” Hayhurst said. “She was really graceful and really nice to us.”

KSC president Tara Garrioch has established a working relationship with Ravi Walia, Osmond’s coach. Walia taught a seminar in Kamloops last year.

This year, he brought a special guest.

“The kids are through the roof excited and it’s really inspirational for them,” Garrioch said. “Kaetlyn is the first women’s world champion since the 70s.

“I don’t think there’s ever really been someone of this calibre here for figure skating. And Ravi is just amazing. The kids respond well to him.”

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