Many athletes in the Okotoks Skate Club joined with Olympic figure skating aspirations in mind, and those that didn't have an Olympic goal in mind, probably have one now.

On Sunday the Skate Club held their 'Kick Start Clinic' at the Okotoks Rec Centre, and athletes were star struck and inspired by who lead the clinics.

2014 Sochi Olympics Silver Medalist Kaetlyn Osmond and her coach Ravi Walia were on the ice coaching athletes on what it takes to be an Olympian.

Head Coach with the O.S.C. Kerri Roberts says it's on and off the ice skills her athletes were learning today.

"Kaetlyn is an excellent role model, both in her skating and training, but also as a human being." Roberts shares "What the kids are learning today in order to reach the Olympics is good hard work ethic, to be on time, setting goals and the importance of having great technique all the time."

Besides the life skills that the athletes of all ages are being taught, Roberts says it's really important that they learn hands on from someone who's not their coaches every once in a while.

"The kids get to learn from them first hand and in the moment, they're making everything very hands on, they're doing some dry land and some on ice work.  It's a full schedule, but they're getting some great 'aha!' moments today."

OSC 3Ravi Walia (Far Left) Kaetlyn Osmond (Left) getting technical with skating turns

The dry land training took place in a studio above the ice rinks, and was lead by Tate McRae.

A 13 year old dancer who boasts an impressive 3rd place finish on 'So You Think You Can Dance' in 2016.

McRae is originally from Calgary, and was leading the athletes through performance techniques and dance, an important aspect in figure skating.

Tate McRae OSC 1Tate McRae (centre) teaching performance and dance techniques

Kick Start Clinic organizer and coach Lisa Hilbert says it's a great way to kick off the beginning of the season.

"I wanted to take the time to organize a clinic for the kids so they could really find their passion and inspiration as we started off the season."

Now it's up to the coaches to continue the momentum through the next few months.

The Okotoks Skate Club covered all costs of the clinic which was nearly $10,000 in costs to give the parents and athletes a break heading into the season as well.

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