Champs International Skating Centre of BC is celebrating its recent success at the 2023 BC/YK Sectional Championships.
The club had top six finishes in all 13 single events while reaching the podium in 11 events. They were also able to capture 17 medals.
Twelve skaters were able to advance to the Skate Canada Challenge, with Pre-Novice and Novice Skaters heading to Regina, Saskatchewan from Jan. 25 to 28, 2023, and Junior and Senior Skaters heading to Winnipeg Manitoba from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, 2022.
“We worked hard and went through many difficult curve balls post pandemic: no in-person competitions for 2 years, limited ice times and re-group of our coaching team” Champs Skating Director Joanne McLeod said in a news release.
“However everything worked out, I am extremely pleased and proud of our school. Our success is attributed to a world-class coaching team, wonderful off-ice teachers, premier ice sports facility Scotia Barn, and of course our talented athletes that are so dedicated to their training plans and dream of being a champion."
Junior Women champion Kara Yun was the only skater to score more than 100 points in her event, the Free Program, holding a large 23.43 point lead from the second-place finisher.
“I was a bit nervous, but I tried to stay in the moment," Yun added in the release.
"I am happy that I did two good solos."
Notable results were as follows:
- Emily Millard - Second in Senior Women event
- Matthew Yu - First in Novice Men Free Program
- Sanuli Loku - Second in Novice Women Free Program
- Brookelynn Pollock - Third in the Novice Women Free Program
- Aleksa Rakic advanced to Skate Canada Challenge in Senior Men program
- Nathan Feng advanced to Skate Canada Challenge in Novice Men program
- Sabina Lim advanced to Skate Canada Challenge in the Pre-Novice Women program
- Erighan Dantienn advanced to Skate Canada Challenge in the Pre-Novice men program