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Tue, 22 Jan 2013


Following on the heels of the most successful national championships in its history, a handful of BC-Yukon Section figure skaters have been chosen to represent Canada at one International and two World events. During the week long Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships that just concluded in Mississauga, Ontario, BC-Yukon Section skaters captured ten medals, including three national titles.

A second place finish to world champion Patrick Chan in Senior Men earned BC Centre of Excellence’s Kevin Reynolds a trip to the World Championships March 11-17 in London, On. Reynolds was also chosen to represent Canada at the Four Continents Championships February 6-11 in Osaka, Japan.  Joining Reynolds at Four Continents are BC Centre of Excellence’s ice dancers Nicole Orford and Thomas Williams, who won the bronze medal in Senior Dance in Mississauga. Depending on how they perform at Osaka, they stand a chance of being named the third ice dance team to represent Canada at the World Championships.

BC will also be well represented at the World Junior Championships February 25-March 3 in Milan, Italy. Connaught Skating Club’s Mitchell Gordon, 16, who finished seventh in the Senior Men's event at Nationals, will represent Canada in Milan in the Men's Event. Burnaby BC Centre of Excellence Ice Dancers Madeline Edwards and ZhaoKai Pang, winners of the National Junior Title, will compete in that event in Milan.

Meanwhile, BC Novice ice dancers recorded a historic first at the National Championships, sweeping the podium. Danielle Wu and Spencer Soo won the gold medal, followed by teammates Brianna Delmaestro and Graeme Gordon, while Alexa Linden and Tyler Miller won the bronze.

BC-Yukon Ice Dancers won six out of the nine possible dance medals at Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships. All six of the ice dance teams that won medals are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe.

The Junior Women's title now belongs to Connaught Skating Club’s Larkyn Austman, whose performance and final point total of 149.75 points is just 2.65 points shy of the Canadian record for that event.

BC Centre of Excellence’s Eric Liu won the Silver Medal in the Novice Men's Event in Mississauga. Liu, who is 11 years old, finished eight points behind the Gold Medal winner 16 year old Daniel-Olivier Boulanger-Trottier from Quebec.

In the Senior Men's event, BC-Yukon skaters placed four of its six team members in the top ten: Reynolds, second; Liam Firus, fifth ; Mitchell Gordon, seventh; Jeremy Ten, eighth. Former three-time national champion Emanuel Sandhu, competing for the first time in a decade, finished a respectable 11th and Graeme Gordon was 16th. Graeme also captured the Silver medal earlier in the week in the Novice Dance event.

A beaming BC-Yukon Section Executive-Director, Ted Barton, said: “The 2013 Canadian Tire National Championships were the most successful in the history of skating in BC. “British Columbia skaters won ten medals including three national titles. Of the nine ice dance medals available, BC teams won six which is remarkable. British Columbia could only qualify four skaters per event as opposed to Ontario who can qualify 16 and Quebec eight. “For the number of skaters allocated for qualification from each province, BC had the highest percentage success in the country. We are thrilled with the extraordinary work our coaches are doing and the determination of our skaters. We thank all the clubs and volunteers for their support as they also had a hand in producing the frame work for success.”