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Figure skating club sticks landing at virtual competition

Fort St. John figure skaters participated in the virtual 2021 Skate Canada CNC Regional Competition, March 12 to 14.
Sophie Stevens
Sophie Stevens finished second in the Gold Artistic category at the virtual Skate Canada CNC Regionals on March 14, 2021.

The Fort St. John Figure Skating Club had the highlight of its unusual season last weekend with the 2021 Skate Canada BC/Yukon Cariboo North Central Regional Competition, March 12 to 14.

In a year where skaters could only practice and not travel to competitions, the athletes were able to record their performances and send them in to Skate Canada for the virtual competition. 

Though it's not the same as having a live, in-person competition, the unique format did have many of the same aspects as the regular one would. Though the skaters recorded their performances in February, the judges scored the performances live, which were packaged together based on category, and the skaters and coaches found out their results while watching live as well.

"All our skaters watched. I was texting back and forth with some of them as we watched the competition. I had one parent tell me her daughter was just as nervous watching it as if she was performing it live," said FSJ Figure Skating Club coach Jenn Hammond. 

The club and skaters prepared for the virtual competition as much as they would a normal one. Hammond, and the club's other coaches, were responsible for filming their skater's performances, to make sure each performance was done in one take. 

"We do video the skaters sometimes, but this was different and there's a lot of pressure on the filming side too," said Hammond. 

Hammond was pleased with how the Fort St. John skaters did, with many finishing in the top three in their respective category. 

The figure skating club is winding down for the season. Skaters are currently skating through spring break, with the last day of skating set for April 9. The club's younger skaters will have a mini competition on April 8, while the older skaters will have a virtual test day scheduled for late March.

The club is in the midst of its cash calendar fundraiser for March. Though there area more draws still to come, the tickets are all sold and the fundraiser brought in a total of $8,300 to the Fort St. John Figure Skating Club. 


Here are the Fort St. John Figure Skating Club results from the 2021 Skate Canada CNC Regional Competition:

March 12

Kelsie Hardy - Star 2 - Silver
Kenzie Schultz - Star 2 - Gold
Cheyanne Ralph - Star 3 - Gold
Kendall Fleming - Star 3 - Gold
Kolby Schultz - Star 3 - Gold

March 13

Star 4 U13 Freeskate
Kassia Pajor - 1st
Claire Thomas - 2nd
Kamryn Fleming - 4th
Kateylynn Hardy - 10th

Star 4 13 & O Freeskate
Naomi Batten - 1st
Kyla McAvany - 7th

Star 5 13 & O Freeskate
Emma Shipalesky - 1st

Pre-Juvenile Freeskate 
Madyn Peebles - 3rd

Star 6 Freeskate
Emma Eggimann - 1st
Shaye Peebles - 2nd
Addison Stone - 4th
Ashlyn Goertzen - 6th

Star 7 Short Program
Emma Eggimann -1st
Shaye Peebles - 3rd
Ashlyn Goertzen - 5th
Addison Stone - 9th

Star 9 Short Program
Sophie Stevens - 1st

Gold Ladies Freeskate
Sophie Stevens - 2nd

Star 7 Artistic
Shaye Peebles - 2nd
Addison Stone - 5th
Kyla McAvany - 9th

March 14

Star 5 Artistic 

Madyn Peebles – 2nd 
Claire Thomas – 4th 

Star 9 Artistic 
Emma Eggimann – 1st
Ashlyn Goertzen – 5th
Emma Shipalesky – 6th

Gold Artistic 
Sophie Stevens – 2nd
Emma Stevens – 5th

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