National experience for Kelowna skaters

Julianne Delaurier won the silver medal at the Skate Canada Challenge earlier this month in Regina.  - Contributed
Julianne Delaurier won the silver medal at the Skate Canada Challenge earlier this month in Regina.
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Seven skaters from the Kelowna Skating Club traveled to Regina to take part in the Skate Canada Challenge last week.

The skaters qualified for this national competition by way of finishing within the top four at the BC/YK Sectional Championships last month.

At the Pre-Novice level, the Challenge represents the National Championships.  Kelowna had two skaters at this level, competing in a field of Canada’s top 54 skaters.  Ajsha Gorman, 12,  finished with a personal best score of 92.51 points, which left her less than half a point off the podium, in fourth place overall.  Her club mate, 12-year-old Mckenna Colthorp, finished 18th overall.

For the Novice and Junior levels, the Challenge is a qualifying round, where skaters vied for spots to the Canadian Tire National Championships, to be held at Ottawa in January.

At the Novice level, 14 year-old Olivia Marleau skated two clean programs to finish in 18th overall, qualifying for the Canadians next month.  This was Olivia’s first trip to the Challenge event.

Meanwhile, in the men’s division, Kelowna’s Kelly Basisty skated to a 83.91 point finish, good for 14th overall and qualifying him to the Nationals.

At the Junior level, 15-year-old OKMSS student Julianne Delaurier opened with a second place short program and won the free program to finish with a total of 127.64 points, good for the silver medal.  Delaurier qualified to her second straight Canadians, as she won the bronze medal at the Novice level last season.

Jayda Jurome, also of the Kelowna Skating Club, finished in 10th place with a score of 107.31.  This is the second time Jurome has qualified for the Canadians, but she was forced to withdraw before the first go-round, as she suffered an injury just after winning Challenge at the Novice level 2 seasons ago.

Kelowna’s Dana Bobyn was also on the B.C. team at the Junior level, and finished in 33rd place overall.

“Having four skaters qualify to the Canadians is fantastic,” said KSC Director Jason Mongrain. “At the Novice level and up, the main goal at Challenge is to qualify for the next event.  At the Pre-Novice level, we had strong skaters and came close to a medal, but the level of skating was surprisingly better than I’ve seen in years, if not ever.  Canadian women’s skating is definitely on the rise.”



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