Enthusiasm

Meet the woman who knitted 270 tiny skates for elite figure skaters

Consider yourself a fan of figure skating? You might not be in the same league as Bobbi Cochar

Bobbi Cochar wears tiny skates she knit for competitors.
Bobbi Cochar wears tiny skates she knit for competitors.   Sean Mott

Figure skaters from across Canada arrived in Halifax earlier this week for the Canadian National Skating Championships. Bobbi Cochar traveled from Toronto, but she came to cheer, not compete.

Cochar knit 270 tiny skates to throw onto the ice after each skater’s program to show her support.

“I know a lot of the senior competitors, but we like to come for novice and junior to see what’s coming up in the future for Canada,” said Cochar.

The tiny skates are personally designed for each competitor: white skates for women, black for men. The year and competition level are knit into the skate on either side.

The 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships began on Monday in Halifax. The competition is being held from Jan. 18-24.