The Kelowna Skating Club made a strong impact at the British Columbia and Yukon Sectional Championships, held at Parksville last week.
The KSC had 21 skaters participating at the Sectionals, which served as the provincial championships, as well as a qualifying round for national events.
The local contingent more than held their own, winning six medals in total.
A highlight of the week occurred in the Novice Women’s division, as local skaters took three of a possible four medals.
Leading the way was 13 year-old Daria Carr with a personal-best score of 119.30 and the provincial title. The OKMSS student stormed back from a 3rd place standing after the short program to win the free program, which included four successful triple jumps. Carr is the reigning Canadian Pre-Novice Champion.
Kelowna’s Vienna Harwood finished in 3rd place overall with a personal-best score of 116.12. Harwood also captured the event’s Artistic Award.
Winning the pewter medal (4th place) was Mikayla Kramer, in a field of 20 skaters.
At the Junior Women’s level, Kelowna had a pair of skaters on the podium. Emma Bulawka won the short program, but finished 2nd overall in a close finish. The 14 year-old Aberdeen Hall student won the Artistic Award, and is last season’s Canadian Novice Women’s Silver Medalist.
Kelowna’s Olivia Gran finished 3rd overall. Gran, 14 years of age, is also a former National medalist. Both Bulawka and Gran have represented Canada internationally.
At the Juvenile Women’s level, Ava Sanderson lost a photo finish in the under 14 division. Her score of 28.91 would leave her 0.14 of a point shy of the bronze medal, in 4th overall.
Rounding out the medal wins were Haley Sales and Nikolas Wamsteeker, adding to the haul with the provincial crown in the Senior Dance event.
Here are the full results:
Senior Dance: Haley Sales and Nik Wamsteeker 1st
Junior Women: Emma Bulawka 2nd ; Olivia Gran 3rd
Novice Women: Daria Carr 1st ; Vienna Harwood 3rd ; Mikayla Kramer 4th ; Olivia Levesque 9th
Pre-Novice Women: Emily Sales 7th ; Malayna Lesko 11th ; Maddy Foley 19th ; Brooklyn Cowen 20th ; Abby Bulawka 21st ; Kira Koffler 24th ; Kiera Atkins 29th
Juvenile Women under 14: Ava Sanderson 4th ; Paige Edgar 7th ; Aurora Schultz 11th ; Katie Jones 21st
Juvenile Women under 12: Mackenzie Nelmes 12th
Pre-Juvenile Women under 11: Megan Yudin 8th ; Gabrielle Jugnauth 11th ; Konstantina Lock 12th