The local Border Skate Club returned home from the Northern sectionals in Timmins with their most impressive medal haul to date.
Three skaters won four gold medals, including Sarah McComb, who led the way with top honours in the gold skills event and senior silver ladies’ freestyle program.
The latter earned her a second trip to the provincials coming up March 16-17 in Sudbury.
Shane Katona, a skater in the gold men’s event, also will go to Sudbury based on an automatic bye (there were no males for him to compete against in Timmins).
Meanwhile, Tracey DeAmicis took top honours in the gold senior silver ladies’ skills event (compulsories) but missed out on a medal in the senior bronze (jumps and spins).
And Kate Bondett was first in her gold senior silver ladies’ skills competition.
Jenna-Rae Cousineau, the only first-timer at the sectionals, skated in the preliminary ladies’ event but finished out of top 10.
“She was really pleased with the learning experience,” said Penny McComb, one of the club coaches. “These kids have won in just making it to that level.
“We were delighted with everyone’s performance,” she added.
The younger McComb had finished seventh overall as a junior silver ladies’ competitor. This season, she’s been working on a new three-and-a-half minute solo (featuring a music from the movie “Funny Girl”).
Penny said she and Marie Josee-Potvin, the other coach to accompany the group, were impressed how their skaters weren’t nervous.
“It was just stronger skating. You have your top from each regions that represent northern regions and it’s a big area,” she noted.
“They really did handle themselves well. Sometimes you might not skate as well as you hope,” she noted. “For the quality of skating that was out there, their level was comparable to others.”
In related news, the BSC will be sending 20 skaters to the Thunder Bay Open this weekend, followed by test days in Kenora on March 8-9.