Julianne Delaurier and training partner Jayda Jurome didn’t look the last bit of out place in the national spotlight.
The Kelowna Skating Club members finished second and fourth, respectively, in the junior women’s division at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships last week in Ottawa.
Julianne Delaurier opened with a second place-finish in the short program, and maintained her placement with a 120.06 points finish and the silver medal. This is the third consecutive national championship medal won by Delaurier, a 15-year-old Okanagan Mission Secondary student.
Jurome also found a silver lining of sorts, as she stormed back from an 11th place short program to place second in the free program. Her total score of 117.79 points would leave the 16-year-old OKMSS student just shy of the podium, in fourth overall. Jurome was Canada’s Pre-novice champion in 2011.
In the Novice Women’s event, Kelowna’s Olivia Marleau skated two clean performances to finish 17th overall in her first trip to Nationals.
Meanwhile, in the Novice Men’s event, Kelly Basisty finished with a score of 88.43 points, leaving him in 13th overall.
“It was a great end to the competitive season for our club,” said KSC Director Jason Mongrain. “Getting a chance to compete at Canadians is no small feat in itself, so winning medals and even top five placements are really outstanding. It is especially great to have these results and standards in place for our younger skaters, giving them something to strive for and surpass.”