Kelowna Skating Club members (left to right) Olivia Gran

Three Canada Games medals for Kelowna skaters

Olivia Gran, Mckenna Colthorp and Rachel Pettitt come home with hardware from Prince George

Kelowna Skating Club members made a vivid impression at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, winning a trifecta of medals last week in Prince George.

In the Novice Women’s event, 15 year-old Rachel Pettitt skated a flawless free program including three triple jumps to finish with a personal-best total score of 115.87 points and the gold medal.

Although Pettitt trains in Kelowna, she competed for Yukon as she hails from Whitehorse.  It was her second major win of the season, as she also captured the Novice Women’s title at the Canadian Nationals last month.

Mckenna Colthorp opened in fourth position after the short program, but finished with the bronze medal after a second place free program.  The 13 year-old OKMSS student nailed 3 triple jumps of her own for a total score of 107.79 points.

Kelowna’s Ajsha Gorman had a comeback of her own, as she opened in eighth place after the short segment, but finished 5th in the free skate. Her score of 96.74 points would leave her in 6th overall.

In the Pre-Novice Women’s event, 11-year-old Olivia Gran captured the silver medal thanks to a 94.83 points finish, less than 2 points shy of the gold medal winner, Sarah-Maude Blanchard of Quebec. Gran had opened with a national record short program score of 41.37 points, but made a few errors in the free program on difficult triple jumps.

“Obviously, these results are amazing as they came against most of Canada’s top skaters,” said KSC Director Jason Mongrain.  “What makes it very special is that they all had high pressure events for the past few months, and really dug down to produce these performances so late in the season.”

 

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