Local figure skaters pass gold achievement tests

The Fort St. John Figure Skating Club had three skaters pass their gold figure skating tests, each one a very difficult and impressive achievement.

Emma Stevens earned both her gold free skate and interpretive certificates, to go along with her gold in dance and skills. Winning her “quad gold,” as it’s known, is a big accomplishment for the Grade 11 skater.

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“I’ve been working on them since I was five. You start at the bottom level and advance to the next one each year, and now I’ve fully completed all four,” Stevens said.

Sophie Stevens, Emma’s sister, earned gold in skills and dance this year, while Emma Eggimann achieved her gold in dance.

Stevens was excited to receive her quad goal, something not many in her club have done.

“I’ll now be able to compete at the gold level in competitions now. The technical elements are more difficult, and I’m looking forward to it,” Stevens said.

Skaters have two to three days of testing a year, when a judge comes to the rink and decides if they’ve passed or will need to retry. It’s a long and tedious process that Stevens won’t have to go through going forward.  

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.

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