Figure skaters close pre-novice years with Canada Games medals

Jayda Jurome and Haley Sales win medals in final competition of the season

Kelowna figure skater Jayda Jurome won a silver medal at the Canada Games in Halifax. Teammate Haley Sales won bronze

Two Kelowna figure skaters closed out their competition season with medals at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax.

And now Jayda Jurome and Haley Sales are both getting ready to move up to a new category next year as they close the books on their pre-novice women’s skating careers.

Jurome, 13, claimed a silver medal at the Canada Games while Sales, 14, won bronze in what was the final competition of the season for both members of the Kelowna Skating Club.

“My short program wasn’t the best that I could do but after that I wanted to come back and fight for my long program,” said Jurome. “I went out there and did the best I could do.”

Jurome, who won the nationals earlier in her season, climbed up to the second spot with her long program. Sitting in the bronze medal position was her teammate Sales, who said she was happy with her programs.

“Going into the competition I was really ready,” said Sales. “I was trained well and I really wanted to go out there and do my best and lay it all out there and I really did. Getting the bronze was probably one of the highlights of my life.”

The Kelowna figure skaters were members of a strong Team B.C. contingent. Neither skater put in a season best skate but both were sick early in the week. Coming away with medals against the top skaters in Canada is a signal of just how good the Kelowna skaters are.

During the games in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the pair stayed in the athletes village and were able to take in what it’s like to be a part of a large games experience.

“I thought it was an amazing experience,” said Sales. “I had never experienced anything like that. I met tons of new people and it was just the most amazing experience.”

Jurome echoed Sales’ thoughts on experiencing the Canada Games as an athlete.

“It was wonderful meeting all of the different people from the different provinces,” she said. “That was a really neat part of the games.”

Having returned to Kelowna earlier this week both Jurome and Sales are now beginning to look ahead to next year when they will compete in the novice women’s division. New programs will be learned as the successful pair look to build on what has been a great season.

Jurome is coming off of a national championship while Sales was third at provincials and sixth at nationals this year.

“I think I accomplished a lot this season and I’m very proud of what I have done,” said Jurome. “Next year I’m hoping to have another good year as well.”

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