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Skaters shine at meets


Border Skating Club skaters took to the ice for the first competition of their season on Nov. 24-25 when they travelled to Thunder Bay to participate in Skate Ontario's Super Series—Skate Thunder Bay competition.

This was a qualifying event for the Ontario provincial championships that will be held March 7-10 in Mississauga.

The results for the weekend were as follows:

  • Greta Fedoruk—second in Gold Women Free Skate (31.39) and third in Gold Triathlon Women (102.83);
  • Montana Plasky—first in Star 10 Women Free Skate (31.44);
  • Samantha Halliday­—second in Juvenile Women (U14) Free Skate (25.17);
  • Awnley Jacobsen—third in Star 6 Women Free Skate (17.78); and
  • Jenna Bailey—sixth in Star 5 Women (O13) Free Skate (13.23).

Fedoruk currently is in 10th place overall in Ontario for her free skate and 11th for triathlon, Plasky is in fifth place province-wide, and Halliday currently is sitting in 15th overall, with the top 18, 12, 18, 30, respectively, invited to attend the provincial championships.

A test day also was held in Thunder Bay, with the local skaters performing beautifully.

Ellianna Jacobsen passed the Junior Bronze Tenfox Dance, Jenna Bailey passed the Senior Silver Starlight dance and parts 1 & 2 of the Senior Bronze Free Skate, Awnley Jacobsen passed the Senior Silver Killian & Gold Viennese dances, and Montana Plasky passed part 2 of her Gold Free Skate.

In other news, members of the local Border Skating Club recently put in some impressive performances at an event in Winnipeg.

Jordyn Seguin nabbed silver in the STAR 3 free program and bronze in the STAR 3 elements.

She also passed her first senior bronze dance test, entitled the “fourteen step.”

Whitney Williamson captured silver in each of the STAR 3 free program and creative Improv 1 while also snaring bronze in the STAR 3 elements.

Hallee Nugent, meanwhile, placed third in each of the STAR 5 free program, STAR 5 elements, and creative Improv 3.

Mya Scott-Thompson finished second in the creative Improv 3 while also placing fourth in the STAR 5 free program and sixth in the STAR 5 elements.

In the team events, Seguin and Williamson snagged gold in the STAR 3 while Scott and Nugent placed second in the STAR 5.

Some events are reported as gold, silver, and bronze because those levels are not ranked, so instead the skaters get a report card for their performance.

The higher levels then are ranked, therefore they get a placement.

The next competition is being hosted by the local club. It is the Skate Ontario Super Series—Fort Frances Freeze, which will be held Jan. 25-26.

We also will be hosting a seminar on Sunday, Jan. 27 featuring pairs skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, the 2018 Olympic gold- and bronze-medallists, two-time world champions, and seven-time Canadian champions.

It is an amazing opportunity for our figure skaters to get to learn from and skate alongside such world-class talent.

The Border Skating Club still is accepting registrations for the current season.

Our Learn-to-Skate and CanSkate programs are offered at a prorated rate in Fort Frances on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as in Emo on Mondays and Fridays.

We are the only local not-for-profit skating club, and we offer programming to skaters of all abilities and ages by our nine certified coaches on staff.

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