Jackie Bracken (left) and Ryan Howe compete on their way to medals at the Okanagan Interclub  Figure Skating Competition in Armstrong.

Jackie Bracken (left) and Ryan Howe compete on their way to medals at the Okanagan Interclub Figure Skating Competition in Armstrong.

Revelstoke figure skaters rock competition in Armstrong

Revelstoke skaters were in fine form at the Okanagan Interclub Figure Skating Competition Feb 13-15.

By Jennifer Walker-Larsen, Revelstoke Skating Club

Revelstoke skaters were in fine form at the Okanagan Interclub Figure Skating Competition Feb 13-15, bringing home four gold, four silver, and three bronze medals.

“Achievement is a great feeling and a positive experience for our maturing young athletes,” said head coach Nina Greschner. “It is terrific to see many of our skaters setting personal goals and achieving or reaching past those goals at competitions.”

Hosted by the Armstrong and Enderby Skate Club and held at Armstrong’s new Nor-Val arena, the event attracted skaters from clubs across the Southern Interior and from as far away as Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Thirteen Revelstoke skaters put their skills to the test during the three-day competition.

Senior skater Makenna Howe led the charge on ranked events, receiving one gold and three silver medals. Alexis Larsen brought home both a gold medal and a bronze.

For dance performances, Jaimie Reynolds was awarded a gold medal and Alexandra Robertson received a silver. Bronze medals were awarded to both Sophie Dorrius and Jacqueline Cottingham. During assessed events, gold level performances were delivered by Jackie Bracken, Rhenna Secord, Karlie Beattie, Alexis Larsen, and Sophie Dorrius. Samantha Veninsky and Ryan Howe got solid silver, and Lauryn Kline a bronze.

Andie Reynolds also demonstrated her skating abilities in two events.

“Learning skating techniques and training is what we focus on at home,” said Greschner. “It is exciting to watch our skaters develop the mental approach to the sport needed to put their hard work to the test and deliver in an exciting and chaotic environment.”

Want to see the Revelstoke skaters in action? Come out Thursday, March 12, for Name that Movie, our year end ice show featuring movie-themed performances from our figure skaters, powerskaters, and coaches. Fancy yourself a movie buff? Test your knowledge by naming the four mystery movies and enter to win a prize. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6:00 p.m. Admission is by donation. Find us on Facebook for mystery movie hints and more details about the show.

And remember it is never too late to learn how to skate or improve your skating skills. Starting again in September 2015, the Revelstoke Skating Club will be offering a variety of skate programs for adults and kids including Skate Canada Canskate and Starskate programs for beginner and developing skaters, Powerskate – a fast-paced program designed for hockey and ringette skater – and adult programs. Watch for early bird registration starting in June.

The Revelstoke Skating Club is looking forward to next season, we are continuing to build our local skate program and working towards hosting a competition for the first time in the fall.