Medals galore for Hope skaters

Figure skaters return victorious from Chilliwack competition

Ten girls from the Hope area competed at last weekend’s BC Coast Region Figure Skating Championships in Chilliwack. Many returned with medals around their necks.

“This was the most I’ve ever had from Hope, going to a competition,” said Michelle Inancsi, who has been coaching in Hope for 20 years.

“I was really proud of how they competed, as they were going against clubs that practice all year round and have more coaching, more ice time — more resources, really.”

Emma Miller was first on the ice Friday morning at Prospera Centre, placing third in her Star 4 U-13 group.

“This is the first category where skaters are evaluated and placed,” explained the coach Tuesday.

Desiree Zerr was next, in the 13+ Star 4 group.

“She first competed in Star 2 at Jingle Blades in Surrey, in November,” Inancsi said.

“I moved her up to Star 4 and I think she had 16 in her group — and she placed second.”

Competitor Claire Medlock received her Axel bonus marks, the goal the coach had for her in the competition. Despite not placing, Medlock received three bonus marks for performing one-and-a-half rotations in the air.

Skater Rebecca Druet had a silver evaluation in Star 3, and in the first level of competition Star 1, the club had six skaters.

“The coaches go on the ice at the same time as the skaters and you do one element at a time, with skaters taking turns,” explained the coach.

“Taylor Shields and Chantal Hadd both evaluated at gold and it was the first-ever competition for both of them. Neela Gladue, Ariel Lee and Ceana Anderson also had silver evaluations. It was the first competition for Ariel and Ceana — and for Bryn Carey, who evaluated at bronze.”

The club is preparing for their annual carnival with the theme ‘Lets go to the movies’. The carnival kicks off on Mar. 10 with 43 club skaters performing twice, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.


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