Olivia Gran

Kelowna skater Olivia Gran captures provincial title at BC/Yukon event

Plenty of good performances by the Kelowna Skating Club at sectional championships in Coquitlam

The Kelowna Skating Club and Centre of Excellence made a very strong impression at the BC and Yukon Sectional Championships last week.

Skaters from the Kelowna Skating Club and Centre of Excellence traveled to Coquitlam for the BC and Yukon Sectional Championships last week. They came home with nine medals.

A highlight for the Kelowna contingent of 26 skaters occurred in the Novice Women’s division, as 12 year-old Olivia Gran captured the provincial title with a personal-best score of 127.06 points.

Gran also won the event’s Artistic Award, and with her top-four finish, a qualifying berth to the Skate Canada Challenge next month.

At the Pre-Novice level, 11-year-old Ashley Sales also had a personal-best, scoring 96.87 points in securing the silver medal and a spot on the BC/YK Team.

Mikayla Kramer, who represents the Arctic Edge Skating of Whitehorse but trains in Kelowna, won the pewter medal (fourth place) and the event’s Artistic Award on the strength of her 91.49 points finish, also a personal-best.

At the Senior level, Kelowna skaters Julianne Delaurier and Cailey England finished third and fourth respectively, securing berths on the BC/YK Team. Both skaters are former National silver medalists at the Junior level.

In this year’s crop of Junior Women, Rachel Pettitt, who also represents the Arctic Edge club but trains in Kelowna, skated to a personal-best points total of 139.15, as well as winning the Artistic Award. Her training mates Mckenna Colthorp and Ajsha Gorman, who finished fifth and sixth respectively, will join her on the BC/YK Team.

In the Junior Men’s event, Kelly Basisty won the silver medal and secured a BC/YK Team berth.

Emma Bulawka, 12, represents the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton, but trains in Kelowna,  won the Novice women’s title. Her sister Abby finished 4th, just  one hundredth of a point shy of the bronze medal.

The Kelowna club also showed promise at the developmental levels, as 10 year-old Vienna Harwood captured bronze in the Juvenile Women under 12 event, while Brooklyn Cowen won silver in Pre-Juvenile Women under 11.

“These are very good results,” said KSC Director and coach Jason Mongrain. “B.C. has many outstanding skaters so it is promising to see that we had very competitive performances and good depth at all levels.”