Great results for pair of Nelson figure skaters in Fernie
A pair of Nelson figure skaters attended the East Kootenay Invitational competition in Fernie earlier this month.
It was the first competition for STARSkaters in 2013, although the skaters are about half done the regular season now. The competition was attended by approximately 150 skaters, including competitors from Alberta and the Okanagan region.
In preliminary skills, Morgan Sabo won a gold medal, tied for first with Cael Elford. Skaters performed two skills exercises from the junior bronze level skills and were awarded a placement for each skill — the end result was the average of the two skills.
In preliminary elements Sabo earned a bronze medal. Sabo performed four elements in a series without music which were then identified by the technical panel and given a grade of execution mark by the judges.
In the STAR 3A - Free Skate program skated to music, Sabo achieved a bronze rating. This is an assessed event where skaters are given assessments of their elements and some of their program components such as skating skills, interpretation of music and their performance/execution. The ratings levels are merit, bronze, silver and gold.
Breanna Tomilin earned tenth in bronze elements. She performed four elements in a series, including a very good axel attempt.
In the STAR 4 - Under 13, Tomlin came in 12th. This is a free skate program skated to music that is marked with the points judging system. Skaters achieve points by performing their elements to a standard level. Each element is worth a base value. Judges assess the quality of the element by giving it a grade of execution mark ranging from -3 (usually a fall) to +3 (exceptional). Skaters are marked for their program components, which includes skating skills, transitions, choreography, interpretation and performance/execution, with a score ranging from 1-10.
“I am very proud of the two skaters who went to this event as we only had a week to prepare after a three week Christmas holiday break,” said Nelson Figure Skating Club coach Sarah Gower.
“Both skaters performed to a high level as well as showing excellent sportsmanship. We also had a lot of fun. We are now looking to improve on the performances and achieve personal bests for the Kootenay Regional Championships in Nelson in a few weeks.”
This competition was an excellent warm up for the Kootenay Regional Championships which will be held in Nelson in three weeks from February 1 to 3. Skaters will now be working hard on program run-throughs and the final touches of their routines in preparation for the final regional competition of the season.
Skaters from Kootenay region also have the opportunity to perform at the STARSkate Super Series Final which will be held in Kelowna from March 8 to 10.