Negative headline

Dear sir:
This letter is in response to the article published in the Jan. 2 edition of the Fort Frances Times about one of our skaters, Michael Nelson.
While the body of the article is complimentary to the skater, we were taken aback by the headline that calls figure skating a “girlie” sport. This implies a negative attitude not only to male figure skaters, but to female skaters, as well.
Figure skating is a very physically demanding and mentally challenging sport.
As we head towards the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and especially the next Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010, we need to show respect to all athletes no matter which sport they are involved in.
Your sincerely,
Border Skating Club