The Nelson Skating Club sent 15 figure skaters to compete at the Kootenay Regional Championships, held in Fruitvale and hosted by the Beaver Valley Skating Club last weekend. Coaches Sarah Gower and Yoshie Measures launched the skaters during the test and competition events.
The weekend kicked off with a high level test day where skaters tested dances, skills, free skate and interpretive. Of note, Isabella Kroker Kimber and Mallory Pinske passed their senior bronze skills tests, while Charly DeFouw passed her junior silver free skate part 1 and a gold level dance, the Argentine tango. Isabella Kroker Kimber also passed the rocker foxtrot dance.
Result highlights from the competition included a gold medal for Charly DeFouw in the junior silver women free skate, meaning that she is now the region champion in this event. In STAR girls O13 group 2, Kroker Kimber took home a silver medal while Hannah Corven placed fourth and Mallory Pinske fifth in group 1. Naomi Lee placed fifth in the competitive STAR 4 U13 category.
In STAR 2, Cameron Boyes received a merit rating, while Daria LeBleu received a bronze rating. Hannah McClure skated an excellent program to receive a gold rating in STAR 2. STAR 3 saw a silver rating for Brianne Morris and bronze ratings for Courtney Donaldson and Ella Wilkinson.
The Nelson skaters shone in the elements events, with Ella Wilkinson winning the silver medal in intro elements, group 2. In intro elements group 3, McClure won gold, Courtney Donaldson silver and Brianne Morris tied for third place. In elements 1, group 1, Naomi Lee took home the silver medal, in elements 1 group 2, Kroker Kimber placed fifth and Hannah Corven sixth, and in Elements 3, DeFouw also won the silver medal.
McClure won a gold medal in the junior bronze dance solo while Pinske placed fourth in the senior bronze dance solo.
In the interpretive events, Corven received a gold rating for her entertaining introductory interpretive Big Spender number. Kroker Kimber and Pinske received silver ratings in the same category, skating to Coldplay and Adele respectively. In the introductory interpretive event, Morris received a silver rating for her first interpretive program. DeFouw placed fourth in the silver interpretive level, skating to Stronger by Christina Aguilera.
The final day of skating saw the STAR 1 level skaters putting forward their best efforts in the evaluated STAR 1 event. Ceili Kooznetsoff was awarded a gold rating, while Molly Anderson, Raisa Nazaroff and Makayla Pickering all received silver ratings and their seasons’ best results. The Nelson Skating Club is very proud of its skaters’ hard work and achievements. Congratulations to all the skaters.