Strong provincial showing by Kelowna skaters

Kelowna Skating Club wins six medals at sectionals in Parksville

The Kelowna Skating Club made its presence felt by winning six medals at the British Columbia and Yukon Sectional Championships last week in Parksville.

The KSC sent 21 skaters to Sectionals, which served as the provincial championships, as well as a qualifying round for national events.

A highlight of the week occurred in the Novice Women’s division, as local skaters took three of a possible four medals.

Leading the way was Daria Carr, 13, with a personal-best score of 119.30 and the provincial title. The OKM student stormed back from a 3rd place standing after the short program to win the free program, which included four successful triple jumps. Carr is the reigning Canadian Pre-Novice Champion.

Kelowna’s Vienna Harwood finished in third overall with a personal-best score of 116.12. She also captured the event’s Artistic Award.

Winning the pewter medal (4th) was Mikayla Kramer, in a field of 20 skaters.

At the Junior Women’s level, Kelowna had a pair of skaters on the podium.

Emma Bulawka, 14, won the short program, but finished 2nd overall in a close finish. The Aberdeen Hall student won the Artistic Award, and is last season’s Canadian Novice Women’s Silver Medalist.

Kelowna’s Olivia Gran finished 3rd overall. Gran, 14 years of age, is also a former national medalist. Both Bulawka and Gran have represented Canada internationally.

At the Juvenile Women’s level, Ava Sanderson lost a photo finish in the under-14 division. Her score of 28.91 would leave her 0.14 of a point shy of the bronze medal, in fourth overall.

Rounding out medal wins were Haley Sales and Nikolas Wamsteeker won the provincial crown in the Senior Dance event.

Full results:

Senior Dance: Haley Sales and Nik Wamsteeker 1st

Junior Women: Emma Bulawka 2nd; Olivia Gran 3rd

Novice Women: Daria Carr 1st; Vienna Harwood 3rd; Mikayla Kramer 4th; Olivia Levesque 9th

Pre-Novice Women: Emily Sales 7th; Malayna Lesko 11th; Maddy Foley 19th; Brooklyn Cowen 20th; Abby Bulawka 21st; Kira Koffler 24th; Kiera Atkins 29th

Juvenile Women under 14: Ava Sanderson 4th; Paige Edgar 7th; Aurora Schultz 11th; Katie Jones 21st

Juvenile Women under 12: Mackenzie Nelmes 12th

Pre-Juvenile Women under 11: Megan Yudin 8th; Gabrielle Jugnauth 11th; Konstantina Lock 12th

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