WinterSkate presents opportunity for Yukoner

Three's a charm for Whitehorse Arctic Edge skater Kelcy Armstrong.

Three’s a charm for Whitehorse Arctic Edge skater Kelcy Armstrong.

Making her third appearance at WinterSkate on Saturday in Delta, BC, the 12-year-old had her best showing yet, winning a medal and qualifying for a competition in March.

Skating a clean program, Armstrong took second in introductory interpretive, an event judged on artistic expression of the accompanying music. In Armstrong’s case, the music was from the Scooby-Doo movie Mystery Inc.

“It’s me scared, in a building looking for something,” said Armstrong.

Her silver in the interpretive earned her a spot for the first time at the Pacific STARSkate Championships March 4-6 in Cranbrook, BC. However, the Arctic Edge skater can’t confirm whether she will attend the competition. She’s considering others, such as the Vancouver Island Skate International in April.

“I don’t know if I’m going to go,” she said. “It’s expensive and I have a lot of other competitions.”

In Delta, Armstrong also finished 13th in the junior bronze ladies.

“It was a good program, but I didn’t skate it my best,” said Armstrong. “It went OK, this time I got the double loop. I don’t know what happened with my double salchow – I had the landing, but I couldn’t hold on to it. It was an OK program, it just wasn’t the best.”

At the Yukon Gold Nugget Championships in December, Armstrong was first in the junior bronze ladies, senior spins, senior jumps and introductory interpretive.

Competing at the BC Coast Regional Championship in Mission, BC, in October, Armstrong won bronze in the introductory ladies interpretive event, to the then new Mystery Inc. program. She also reached the top-10 in the junior bronze ladies 12-and-under event, taking seventh.

As a member of Team Yukon, Armstrong finished fourth in both her programs at the Arctic Winter Games last March.

Speaking of representing the territory, three Arctic Edge skaters will be competing in the second week at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax. Going are Teneil Caron, Bryn Hoffman and Rachel Pettitt. At the Arctic Games in March, Hoffman won gold in the long and short programs, together earning her a third gold for best overall in the Ladies 3 division.

Caron, in the Ladies 4 category at the Arctic Games, took a gold and a silver for second overall.

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