Busy weekend for Arctic Edge skaters

Arctic Edge Skating Club members had good reason to be checking and rechecking the sharpness of their skates over the weekend. It was a good time to stick the landing.

Arctic Edge Skating Club members had good reason to be checking and rechecking the sharpness of their skates over the weekend.

It was a good time to stick the landing.

The club held a threefer between Friday and Sunday, hosting the 2010 Arctic Winter Games trials, skill tests and the Yukon Gold Nugget Championships, all at Takhini Arena.

“Basically it’s a competition of skaters within our club because we’re the only club in the Yukon,” said Cheryl Van Blaricom, chair for the Arctic Edge Skating Club. “Just competing in front of judges, that’s the whole intent of it.”

Saturday was the big day, with the championships, Arctic Games trails and two Arctic Edge skaters passing skills tests.

Achieving the Gold Level Skills status were Rachel Pettitt, 10, and Teneil Caron, 17, who also passed her Senior Silver test.

“Once they pass a level they start working on the next one,” said Van Blaricom.

“The goal in skating is to get your gold in everything and achieve diamond in dance. Dance has an additional level called Diamond that’s optional, for those really serious about dance.”

Caron was also named to the Yukon’s Arctic Winter Games squad, along with teammates Kelcy Armstrong, Maya Austin, Ariel House and Bryn Hoffman. Coaching the team at the Games will be Lori Austin and Michelle Gorczyca.

“We could have taken two skaters for each level, but we didn’t have skaters qualify to skate at those levels,” said Van Blaricom.

All those named to the team produced results in the championships, especially Armstrong, who won four divisions. For Caron, however, a lack of peers made the event a little less competitive.

“I was the only one in my level, so I didn’t actually compete against anyone,” said Caron. “So it was just to get on the Arctic Winter Games team and an evaluation from the judges.”

The trip to Grande Prairie, Alberta in March will be Caron’s third appearance at the Arctic Games, finishing second in her short program and fifth in her long in 2008.

“It’ll be my last time going so hopefully it’s a good year,” said Caron.

Aside from the competition, trials and skills tests, on Sunday Edge skaters worked with dance partner Graham Casey, a coach and former national level competitor, who was flown up from Vancouver like the three officials in to judge the events. Skaters also took part in a seminar in edging and turns on Sunday.

In related news, local skater Kevin Caron just qualified to skate at the 2010 BMO Skate Canada Junior Nationals next month in London, Ontario. He qualified with a 17th place finish in both his short and long programs at the BMO Skate Canada Western and Eastern Challenge. Kevin squeaked through, needing a top-18 result to get in. (See Wednesday’s paper for story.)

Gold Nugget results

Canskate Ladies Freeskate

1st Alyssa Cuenza

2nd Kaitlyn LeGrow

CanSkate Ladies Elements

1st Mikayla Kramer

Elementary Ladies Freeskate

1st Abigail Cuenza

2nd Kristen LeGrow

3rd Tasha-Lee Schwantz

Elementary Ladies Elements

1st Abigail Cuenza

2nd Kristen LeGrow

3rd Tasha-Lee Schwantz

Pre-Preliminary Ladies Freeskate

1st Zoey Krause

2nd Brittany Au

3rd Jenelle Clethero

4th Taylor Schneider

5th Caitlyn Diakow

6th Morgan Madden

7th Maria Peters

Pre-Preliminary Ladies Creative

1st Brittany Au

2nd Dawn Bohmer

2nd Abigail Cuenza

2nd Zoey Krause

Pre-Preliminary Ladies Skating Skills

1st Taylor Schneider

2nd Zoey Krause

3rd Morgan Madden

Pre-Preliminary Ladies Elements

1st Brittany Au

2nd Zoey Krause

3rd Dawn Bohmer

4th Caitlyn Diakow

4th Taylor Schneider

Preliminary Ladies Freeskate

1st Vina Nelson

2nd Jessica Diakow

3rd Rasheeda Slater

Preliminary Creative

1st Kelcy Armstrong

2nd Mikaela Lane

Preliminary Elements

1st Kelcy Armstrong

2nd Vina Nelson

3rd Rasheeda Slater

4th Mikaela Lane

5th Jessica Diakow

Junior Bronze Ladies Freeskate

1st Kelcy Armstrong

2nd Ariel House

Junior Bronze Creative

1st Rachel Pettitt

2nd Maya Austin

Junior Silver Skating Skills

1st Bryn Hoffman

2nd Mikaela Lane

Pre-Introductory Interpretive

1st Kelcy Armstrong

2nd Rasheeda Slater

3rd Mikaela Lane

4th Jessica Diakow

5th Jenelle Clethero

6th Tasha-Lee Schwantz

Bronze Interpretive

1st Rachel Pettitt

2nd Ariel House

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