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Film featuring Okanagan figure skaters wins Canadian Screen Award

To the Worlds has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. From left to right: Corinne Macasso, Jacqueline Parser, Isabella Ciocoiu, Maureen Barnes, Karen Smith, Wendy Ord, Donna Bergvinson, Henrietta Penney, Donna Good, and Lesley Ricci.
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June 10, 2020 - 10:08 AM

A film featuring Okanagan figure skaters has won a Canadian Screen Award.

Following the Team Okanagan skating club, To the Worlds takes viewers on a journey through the trials and tribulations each skater faces, as they inspire others to pursue their dreams, no matter their age. Hailing from across the Central Okanagan, the skaters range in ages from 47 to 77.

The documentary highlights the team's participation in the International Adult Figure Skating Competition in Oberstdorf, Germany while they practice at The Nexus in Lake Country. It originally aired in 2019 on CBC.

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In May, the team announced they had won the award.

Wendy Ord, director of the film, said in a Facebook post she was happy to finally wear a sparkly dress off the ice.

“Thanks to all my amazing crew and special thanks and congratulations to my skating gal pals who've inspired hundreds of thousands of people and continue to inspire me every day,” she wrote.

One skater told her “I didn’t know you would make stars of us,'" Ord said in a previous interview.

With the award nomination and documentary's release, the skaters have been getting a lot of attention.

"They’re certainly well-known in the skating community… they’re getting phone calls and things from people who have seen the film," Ord said.

"I think the coolest thing for us really was after the film came out, it was the highest-rated documentary of CBC that year. I got thousands of letters and notes… saying how we had inspired (people) to pursue their dreams," she said.  “That made us really proud."

The documentary has also been nominated for five B.C. Leo awards.


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