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Stolen figure skates keep athlete off ice

Lucas Pallard shows a picture on his cell phone of he and pairs partner Sarah Kedves in competition earlier this season when he still had skates. - CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
Lucas Pallard shows a picture on his cell phone of he and pairs partner Sarah Kedves in competition earlier this season when he still had skates.
— image credit: CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Pulling off twisting jumps and tricky spins on the ice takes practice.

Unfortunately, Nanaimo figure skater Lucas Pallard is missing out on significant practice time this month, as his skates were stolen last week.

He’d left them in his parents’ minivan parked in the driveway of their Tiki Lane home, and sometime overnight Wednesday they were stolen out of the back of the van.

“It was probably unlocked…” Pallard said. “We go out to the mall and we lock it, but at home, no one thinks it’s going to happen there.”

Being a victim of crime is weird, said Pallard, but the real problem is being without skates. They’re not just $100 Canadian Tire specials – Pallard is a national-calibre figure skater who uses custom-order skates.

“Whoever took them probably doesn’t have any idea how much they’re worth,” Pallard said. “The police said they’re probably going to just keep them and not know what to do with them because they’re not going to know how to sell them.”

It will take a month for new skates to arrive, then another month for Pallard to break them in. That’s a lengthy interruption in what has been a breakout season for Pallard and his pairs partner Sarah Kedves. The two represented B.C. at the Skate Canada Challenge in Regina in December and were finalists at the Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards earlier this month.

“We work together better now than we did before and we’re starting to get elements that are fairly challenging…” Pallard said. “It comes from practice.”

He can’t practise right now, but he can hope for good karma. Pallard hopes whoever stole his skates will realize they aren’t much good for anything other than figure skating and put them back.

“It’s really unlikely, but a person can hope,” he said.

sports@nanaimobulletin.com

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