Kelowna’s Delaurier competes in Poland

Kelowna Skating Club member places 12th at International Skating Union Junior Grand Prix Baltic Cup

Julianne Delaurier is back home after competing at the International Skating Union Junior Grand Prix Baltic Cup in Poland.

Kelowna’s Julianne Delaurier is back home after gaining some invaluable international skating experience.

The longtime member of the Kelowna Skating Club and Centre of Excellence, Delaurier competed at the International Skating Union Junior Grand Prix Baltic Cup last week in Gdansk, Poland.

The Junior Grand Prix series has seven events over the course of the fall season, featuring the top skaters in the world who are under the age of 19. Winning scores at this level are usually comparable with top senior world level scores.

Delaurier, 15, opened with a 12th-place finish in the short program.  She had a stronger long program which catapulted her to a ninth-place finish overall, with a total score of 121.89 points.

It was a week not without challenges, including 24 hours of travel time each way, a nine-hour time change, and a nose bleed about a minute into her 3.5 minute free skate.

“I lost my focus when the nose-bleed started but I was able to forget about even though it was a little gushy,’’ said Delaurier. “I never thought about stopping the program. When I landed some jumps afterwards I kind of forgot about it. It’s actually not the first time it’s happened.’’

Skate Canada assigned her to this event based on a strong summer season, including a 136+ point finish at the Glacier Falls event at Anaheim, Calif.  She is the second figure skater in Kelowna and Okanagan history to receive an ISU Junior Grand Prix assignment.

Delaurier was Canada’s national champion at the pre-novice level in 2012, and the national bronze medalist in 2013.  This season she is competing at the junior level.

Julianne, a student at Okanagan Mission Secondary, trains in Kelowna year-round with coaches Karen and Jason Mongrain.


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