The Kelowna Skating Club and BMO Kelowna Centre for Skating Excellence will host the 2012 Skate Canada BC/YT Sectional Championships this week, from Nov. 10 through Nov. 13, at the Capital News Centre.
Top skaters from throughout B.C. and Yukon will be competing for podium spots at this season’s provincial championships, as well as vying for qualifying spots to the Skate Canada Challenge event held at Regina in December.
A total of 237 entries will be competing in Women’s Singles, Men’s Singles, and Dance events, ranging from the Pre Juvenile level to the Senior level. The Junior and Senior events will feature many skaters that have previously won National medalists, as well as International and World competitors.
The host KSC will have 27 entries, which represents the highest number competing at a Sectional Championships in the club’s history. The majority of skaters are entered in Women’s Singles events from the Pre-Juvenile through Senior ranks.
“We have ery deep fields in both the Pre-Novice and Novice Women’s events”, notes KSC Director Jason Mongrain. “Considering the fact that these events are also usually the most competitive in terms of high numbers competing for few spots, they should make for very exciting events.”
One of the events to watch is the senior men, with the strongest field in that category in Sectional history. It features four former national champions: Nam Nguyen (2011), Liam Firus (2010), Jeremy Ten (2007) and Emanuel Sandhu (1997).
Ten is returning to the ice after being sidelined last season by a broken ankle and ligament damage. Sandhu, who has registered for the event, won the Senior men’s national title in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and captured the Grand Prix title in 2003 defeating Russia’s great Evgeny Plushenko.
Sandhu retired from skating in 2007 to pursue a singing and dancing career.
Other notable skaters competing at Sectionals are 2011 Junior dance champions Nicole Orford and Thomas Williams and 2011 Novice men’s national champion Mitchell Gordon.
The first four finishers in Pre-Novice, Novice, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, Junior and Senior qualify for Skate Canada Challenge Nov.30 to Dec. 4 in Regina.
All events will take place at CNC beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 and concluding at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13. Tickets are available for purchase at the venue.
Daily admission is $5, all events admission is $10, with children 6 and under will be admitted free.