Brandy Hyatt skated away with four gold medals while Carrie Selin added three to lead the Border Figure Skating Club to top honours at the 25th-annual Sunset Country regional competition here last weekend.
Sarah McComb won the Juvenile Ladies ‘A’ Trophy and picked up a pair of gold medals, as did Katie Basaraba. Noreen Hartlin, Holly McRae, Tracey DeAmicis, and Miranda Miller also turned in gold-medal performances.
Five local skaters—Shane Katona, McComb, Hyatt, Hartlin, and McRae—also earned the chance to move on to the Northern Ontario Sectionals in Terrace Bay next month.
The top skaters there advance to the all-Ontario competition in Gravenhurst in March.
Overall, the BFSC won 15 gold, 15 silver, and nine bronze medals en route to capturing the Don Wilson Trophy, awarded to the club with the highest number of points at the end of the three-day competition.
The BFSC also won the award for the best memorabilia display of the 11 clubs that competed here.
But it was Hyatt and Selin who stole the show. Selin, 16, captured the Open Ladies Trophy for winning that event, as well as the Sioux Lookout Chamber of Commerce Trophy presented to the winner of the Ladies Senior Interpretative event.
“Carrie’s an all-around skater for our regionals," praised her coach, Tannis Mann. "She did a beautiful double lutz and she [performed] some wonderful jumps and fast spins with good rotations.”
Meanwhile, Mann said Hyatt, 12, in her first year with the BFSC since moving here from Marathon, showed poise and confidence in her performances, which attracted the judges’ attention.
“She [generates] a lot of speed as she skates across the ice," Mann noted. "You can tell she’s had good training, and she showed confidence in her jumps.”
She also said she doesn’t remember a local skater winning as many as four gold medals in a regional competition.
But Mann also said she was impressed with the way the local skaters performed as a team.
“Our skaters had the total package," she enthused. "It was a great competition for the kids in Emo, Rainy River and here to get together and skate.”
“It was an absolutely fabulous competition. One of the best shows ever for the club," enthused BFSC coach Penny McComb. "All of the kids were definitely impressive.”