Skaters bring home regional hardware
A small but impressive contingent from the Beaver Valley Skating Club turned in great individual and team performances at the Kootenay Region Figure Skating Championship earlier this month.
A dozen B.V. skaters proved once again that quality beats quantity, as the team cheered its way to the Most Sportsmanlike trophy and came third overall in the competition behind Fernie and Cranbrook at the annual regional championship.
“We were definitely happy (with the results),” said skating coach Liz Iannone. “We always put out a great effort, and their work effort shows how well they did in the event.”
Brenna Paulsen achieved gold placement in the Star 3 and took home the Ferraro Foods Award for top skater in the U10 girls. Yvonne Gregory also sparkled on the ice claiming silver in the same event and second in the Junior Silver Dance.
In Star 2 competition Claire Sibbald won silver, while Jasmine Drolet skated to a bronze award and Anna Shin recieved silver in Star 1, while bronze went to Isabella Louwe, Isabella Meakes, and Jasmine Needham.
Mackenzie Waltz placed third in Star 4 Girls over 13 while Taryn Verhelst came third in Star 4 girls under 13.
Jacob Verhelst skated to a first place performance in the Senior Silver Men, claiming first in Gold elements and second in Gold-interpretive. His brother Robert Verhelst captured second in Senior Silver Men, and first in Gold-interpretive.
Jacob also won the coaches’ Senior Artistic Award for his interpretation of the music.
The four skaters compete against all of B.C.’s best at the competition, in what is the inaugural format of the SuperSeries “learn-to-train” program that has been adopted across Canada.
“It will definitely open everyone’s eyes,” said Iannone. “It will be a good experience for them and it will be live stream this year. This is a new event pond-to-podium so it’s the first time doing it.”
Check out skatingbc.com for more information and a live stream of the competition.