Ice Painting Challenge 2003 Results
In 2003, the District of Sechelt hosted the first-ever Ice Painting Challenge on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia Canada.
Although a record snow fell that day, more than 80 people from ten community teams were at the heart of the challenge and gathered at the rink to make ten huge paintings on the ice in less than four hours.
The weather was wicked, the lights low, the sound muffled, but the spirit was high, the paintings .. awesome! The performances surprising and wonderful. And -- demand for the 2nd Ice Painting Challenge next year!
Against a backdrop of the worst snowstorm in years, with buses and cars in ditches along the coast, doors of the Sunshine Coast Arena opened to over 350 attending the first-ever Ice Painting Challenge on New Year’s Eve, 2003. Eighty-some team members from ten teams waited behind the glass in full team regalia (their decorated jerseys) to skate onto the ice with their flags for the opening parade of the teams. Twenty members of The Coast String Fiddlers played lively tunes on a stage at center ice while teams skated on to an excited audience of over 300 people -- all ages! Kids of all sizes and their parents, grandparents and other visiting relatives and friends sat in freezing temperatures with coats, teuks and gloves to watch the proceedings.
Marketplace IGA team Not Just Yellow Snow skated on with the IGA flag, two aboriginal teams, (Phoenix and The Sechelt Nation) The District of Sechelt, The Town of Gibsons, an old hockey players team called The Rusty Cranks, a young girls team No Brothers!, high schoolers Ice Ice Babys, a group of artists, Tsunami and Women’s Hockey all had their moment at center ice.
Performances ( 5 Minute Max) ranged from a video presentation, to hip hop dances, to poems, recitals and light shows. A choreographed figure skating performance included members from all teams. At halftime a youth improvisation group Decent Criminals performed in-the-moment comedy upstairs. Finally audience members were invited to stand around the edges of the rink while Phoenix chanted a friendship dance. Everyone held hands and skated onto the ice. Audience favorite was "Tsunami" a wave/galaxy.
Staff at the arena were so pleased with the paintings, that they left them in the ice through January.
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