A small group of Nelson figure skaters braved the winter weather and roads to travel to Invermere for the second competition of the season, the East Kootenay Invitational Competition. Skaters attended from throughout the Kootenays and into the Rockies, Crowsnest and Alberta.
Brianne Morris and Ella Wilkinson each won the gold medal in their respective Introductory Elements groups.Helena Keating placed sixth in Elements 2. In the STAR 3 free skate events, Brianne Morris and Ella Wilkinson received bronze ratings and will be looking to improve their levels in the next competition. Charly Defouw placed seventh in silver interpretive, while Helena Keating placed ninth in STAR 5 free skate. Molly Anderson completed the STAR 1 event and received a bronze rating.
At the coinciding test day, Charly Defouw passed her first gold dance, the quickstep. Congratulations to all the skaters and thanks to coach Yoshie Measures who provided the coaching support at the competition.
Skaters are now ramping up their training for the Kootenay Regional Championships which will be hosted by theBeaver Valley Skating Club in Fruitvale over the weekend of Feb. 12 to 14. Champions in free skate, interpretive,elements and dance will be crowned, and skaters will be attempting to improve on past scores and placements.
In other Nelson Skating Club news, CANSkate registration for the January to March session is almost full, although there are still some spaces left on Thursday CANSkate. Check nelsonfigureskatingclub.ca to find registration formsand schedules.