The Totem Interclub Competition, the biggest figure skating event in the Peace Region, returns to Fort St. John this weekend, Feb. 16 to 18. Totem alternates between Fort St. John and Dawson Creek every year, and it’s the north’s turn to host the 330 skaters that come from all over Northern B.C. and Alberta.
“It’s a great competition for our club because the majority of our skaters can compete in it. For a lot of our younger skaters, it’s their first competition and it’s a special one for our club,” said Jennifer Hammond, coach with the Fort St. John Figure Skating Club and Totem Competition Chair.
Totem is part of the Super Series, a number of competitions where skaters that are Star 5 level and up accumulate points.
The skaters with the most points are crowned provincial champion at the Super Series STARSkate Final in Kelowna, March 2 to 4.
Racking up the most points for Fort St. John this season are Addison Stone, Sophie Stevens, and Emma Stevens. Stone skates in the Star 5 U10 group.
“If (Stone) has a couple more good competitions I assume she’ll be in the top of her group,” Hammond said.
Sophie is in the Star 5 U13 group, which includes five very good skaters from Fort St. John, and Emma is in the Star 6 Ladies division and the Star 7 Short Program.
The Totem competition takes place at the Pomeroy Sport Centre on both rinks, running from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and ending at 2 p.m. on Sunday.