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Figure skaters steal the show in Williams Lake

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The Fort St. John Figure Skating Club shows off their medals and trophies won at the Cariboots N’ Blades Figure Skating Competition in Williams Lake last weekend.

The Fort St. John Figure Skating Club recently swept the Cariboots N’ Blades Figure Skating Competition in Williams Lake on Dec. 7 to 9, winning both team aggregate trophies, 22 medals and six ribbons.

Twelve skaters aged six to 17 competed against 19 other clubs over the weekend and Fort St. John blew their competition out of the water, earning the High Score Team Award with 44 points. Prince George’s Spruce City Figure Skating Club, their closest competitor, finished second with 28 points and 28 skaters.

Fort St. John also took home the Team Award for Most Medal Points.

“They really did awesome,” said coach Jennifer Hammond from practice on Wednesday. “They’ve been working so hard and we’ve been pushing them really hard for the last couple months and it really showed so we’re really happy with it.”

“There were definitely a lot of nerves going into this one,” she added. “Last year was the first time a bunch of our girls went to this competition, so they knew they’d be competing against clubs we don’t usually get to compete against. There were lots of new programs, some debuts, but they definitely pulled it off.”

This was the figure skating club’s second competition of the year and their last until spring, but Hammond says the girls are on track although there’s still some work to do.

“These are stepping stones but so far it’s looking really good,” she said.

“We had all of our little ones in the star program, which is for the younger skaters, earn silvers, and I don’t think there were any golds in the entire competition, so we were quite impressed with that and they looked really good out there.”

Here are the medal results from the Cariboots N’ Blades competition:

Gold medals: Georgia Dawkin (3), Shaya Jeffery (3), Victoria Rea (1), Mairyn Dumanowski (1) Emma Stevens (1) Kirstyn Beech (1).

Silver medals: Whitney Jarratt (2), Sophie Stevens (2), Shaya Jeffery (1), Victoria Rea (1), Emma Stevens (1), Kirstyn Beech (2).

Bronze medals: Mykenzie Beech (2), Kirstyn Beech (1).

Ribbons: Mairyn Dumanowski (1), Emma Stevens (1), Ashlyn Goertzen (1), Sophie Stevens (1), Jaidyn Goertzen (1), Mykenzie Beech (1).

The club will be holding its Carnival (set to Footloose) on Dec. 19 at the North Peace Arena before taking their Christmas break. There will be two show times for the Carnival, 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.


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