Figure skaters taking skills to another level with confidence

Six skaters from the Glengarry Figure Skating Club earned strong results during the 2013 Okanagan Regional Championships at Royal Lepage Place in West Kelowna Feb 15 to 17.

Isabelle Tuckwood earned gold in Star Freeskate assessments, gold in Junior Silver solo dance and ninth in Interpretive, while Nadia Snyman received gold in Star freeskate assessments, silver in Interpretive, Jordana McEachern received gold in Star freeskate assessments, bronze in Interpretive and fifth in creative, Keara Anutooshkin earned silver in Star freeskate assessment, sixth in interpretive and bronze in senior bronze solo dance. Kim Wright was fourth in the Interpretive skate and Angelina Veltri was fifth.

Coach Janelle Morcombe said their performances were great.

“At this stage of it now, kind of coming to the end, their performance value has really grown and they look a lot more comfortable on the ice,” said Morcombe, who has been filling in for coach Trevor Buttenham, who will resume his position in two weeks after his skating tour. “They were able to do their best job out there.”

Morcombe said the efforts by Tuckwood, Snyman and McEachern prove they are ready to move up a level.

“This is really exciting for her,” said Morcombe of Tuckwood. “She has become a really strong skater. She is very confident.”

The Glengarry Figure Skating Club also had its test day on Feb. 23. Twenty-five skaters completed 32 dance tests, four skills, 12 free skate and one Interpretive test. Participants were from Sun Bowl SC (Osoyoos), Boundary SC (Midway), Grand Forks SC, Summerland SC, South Ok SC (Oliver) and Princeton SC.

From Penticton, Alexandra Fehr passed the Canasta and Dutch Waltz, McEachern, the European, Junior Bronze Freeskate (part 1 and 2) and Introductory Interpretive. Amy Slater passed the Dutch Waltz, while Snymandid the Ten Fox, Junior Bronze Freeskate (part 1 and 2) and Tuckwood the Keats Foxtrot.

Morcombe said the season went well in a year of transition. With Morcombe only able to come out twice a week, she said it was a challenge, but she saw lots of progression.

“They have a lot of built-in determination,” she said. “Able to work well on their own they were really able to grow.”

The final competition for the group will be in Kelowna, March 8 to 10, for the 2013 Super Series STARSkate final. The club also has its ice show on March 14.


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