Quesnel figure skaters succeed – Quesnel Cariboo Observer

Quesnel’s figure skaters are successful both locally and nationally.

In late November, STAR skaters from Quesnel Figure Skating Club traveled to Kamloops for the Okanagan Interclub competition, and all Quesnel skaters set personal bests.

Senior skaters compete four times per year, with the top three scores added up to declare a provincial champion. Katie Grant is aiming for this title, winning the STAR 6 event in Kamloops and taking 3rd place in STAR 7. Each level has different item requirements. For example, a STAR 6 program should have one axis jump, two double jumps and three different rotations.

Baillie Jackson also competed in the STAR, posting a new personal best of three points.

Jordyn Kronebusch placed third in her artistic event and junior skaters Taylor Backer and Phoenix Swaan also represented the club with a bronze and silver evaluation.

Mitchell Dunn also continued to thrive, qualifying for another national tournament. Dunn will compete at the Canadian Tire National Championships in January and is the first skater representing Quesnel to compete at the National Championships.

Dunn was at the Quesnel Kangaroos game on December 18, helping the figure skating club‘s Frisbee start a fundraiser. The club is also planning a skate-a-thon to help cover some of Dunn’s costs.

The North Central Cariboo Regional Championships will also arrive in Quesnel. The competition was scheduled to take place at Williams Lake, but was canceled due to a lack of judges and ice time.

Normally, Quesnel would host the event every four years, preparing 18 months in advance, but the club are looking to straighten out the regional ones in just five weeks. The club is preparing a fundraiser and a volunteer campaign to host the event.

The regional ones were canceled last year due to COVID-19.

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