Nelson Skating Club skaters (back row from left to right) Helena Keating

Nelson Skating Club skaters (back row from left to right) Helena Keating

Nelson skaters shine at regionals

Nelson figure skaters competed at the Kootenay Regional Skating Championships in Fernie over the weekend of January 30 to February 1.

  • Feb. 14, 2015 12:00 p.m.

Nelson figure skaters competed at the Kootenay Regional Skating Championships in Fernie over the weekend of January 30 to February 1.

The regional championships are the last and most important competition in the Kootenays, with the Barclay Trophy awarded to the club with the most points. Eight skaters attended the competition and excelled in a variety of events.

Of special note, Charly DeFouw was crowned the bronze interpretive champion in her group in what is a very competitive event. In the second group of bronze interpretive skaters, Breanna Tomilin won the silver medal with her Swan Lake routine and Morgan Sabo won the bronze medal with her What I Like About You number.

Christina Champlin claimed the silver medal in the silver interpretive event with her Luck Be A Lady routine.

In the free skate events, Nelson skaters also won a number of medals. In the STAR 5 13 and over event, Breanna Tomilin won the silver medal, while Morgan Sabo was close behind winning the bronze.  Christina Champlin won a silver medal in the Sr. silver free skate event.

Nelson skaters performed well in the elements events.  In intro elements, both Courtney Donaldson and Aurora Panko-Dool claimed the bronze medal in their respective groups.  Helena Keating won the silver medal in elements 1.

In elements 2, group 2, Charly DeFouw was successful in winning the group and claiming her second gold medal of the competition.  Morgan Sabo claimed the silver medal in elements 2, group 3.

With the excellent results achieved in a number of skaters’ free skate programs, the following skaters earned high enough scores to be invited to the Provincial Development Camp held in Kelowna each year. Skaters included Charly DeFouw,  Breanna Tomilin and Morgan Sabo.

The Regional competitive season is now wrapped up, but three skaters have also chosen to compete at the Super Series STARSkate Final in Kelowna in March. They include Helena Keating, Isabella Kroker-Kimber and Mallory Pinske.

For full competition results, visit nelsonfigureskatingclub.ca.