Gold Nugget goes international

Opening lines of communication between the Arctic Edge Skating Club and our Alaskan neighbours is beginning to pay off. For the first time in memory – likely the first time ever – the Yukon Gold Nugget Championships was technically an international event, with a member of the Juneau Skating Club participating.

Opening lines of communication between the Arctic Edge Skating Club and our Alaskan neighbours is beginning to pay off.

For the first time in memory – likely the first time ever – the Yukon Gold Nugget Championships was technically an international event, with a member of the Juneau Skating Club participating.

“We made contact with the club in Juneau, and we’ve been e-mailing back and forth, and it worked for one skater right now,” said Arctic Edge president Cheryl Van Blaricom. “We’re hoping to get together. They have a competition in February and maybe some skaters will go there and get some camaraderie going.”

“We encourage her to come back next year and to bring, hopefully, some of her friends with her, so the girls can get used to competing against somebody else,” said Arctic Edge coach Michelle Gorczyca. “And it’s a good way to promote our club.”

With two judges and one referee up from Vancouver for the championships, in a two-bird-one-stone situation, it was an opportunity for skaters to do some skill testing, allowing the them to move up into new categories. Over the week, 37 tests were conducted with 29 passes, including three freeskate tests, 24 dance and two interpretive.

Among those passing tests was Carrie McClelland, an adult skater with Arctic Edge, passing her fourth and final gold level dance test.

“The girls had a great weekend, everyone skated really well,” said Gorczyca. “It’s a chance for everyone to put on their dress, their make-up and to perform – we don’t get the chance to do that very often. This is sometimes the only time for some of our skaters to perform in front of judges.”

RESULTS

Junior bronze ladies

1st Kelcy Armstrong

2nd Vina Nelson

3rd Ariel House

Silver interpretive

1st Rachel Pettitt

2nd Bryn Hoffman

3rd Ariel House

Competitive creative

1st Rachel Pettitt

2nd Bryn Hoffman

Intermediate/teen spins

1st Taylor Schneider

2nd Laurie Balstad (Juneau)

3rd Morgan Madden

4th Rasheeda Slater

5th Jenelle Clethero

6th Maria Peters

7th Zoey Krause

8th Kayla Armstrong

9th Abigail Cuenza

Pre-novice ladies

1st Bryn Hoffman

2nd Rachel Pettitt

Intermediate teen creative

1st Kayla Armstrong

2nd Zoey Krause

3rd Kristen LeGrow

4th Laurie Balstad (Juneau)

5th Taylor Schneider

6th Abigail Cuenza

Senior spins

1st Kelcy Armstrong

2nd Vina Nelson

Competitive spins

1st Bryn Hoffman

2nd Rachel Pettitt

Junior jumps

1st Marika Kitchen

2nd Alyssa Cuenza

3rd Emily Perrault

4th Kaitlyn LeGrow

5th Landyn Blisner

6th Tessa Moore

7th Michaela DeCook

Junior spins

1st Marika Kitchen

2nd Tessa moore

3rd Landyn Blisner

4th Kaitlyn LeGrow

5th Alyssa Cuenza

6th Emily Perrault

Junior creative

1st Tessa Moore

2nd Landyn Blisner

3rd Kristen LeGrow

4th Alyssa Cuenza

5th Amily Perrault

6th Michaela DeCook

7th Sarah Aspinall

Preliminary ladies

1st Laurie Balstad (Juneau)

2nd Jenelle Clethero

3rd Taylor Schneider

4th Maria Peters

5th Kristen LeGrow

6th Rasheeda Slater

7th Abigail Cuenza

8th Marika Kitchen

Senior creative

1st Jessica Diakow

2nd Kelcy Armstrong

Senior jumps

1st Kelcy Armstrong

2nd Vina Nelson

Introductory interpretive

1st Kelcy Armstrong

2nd Jessica Diakow

Pre-introductory interpretive

1st Laurie Balstad (Juneau)

2nd Morgan Madden

3rd Jenelle Clethero

4th Kristen LeGrow

Competitive jumps

1st Rachel Pettitt

2nd Bryn Hoffman

Intermediate/teen jumps

1st Taylor Schneider

2nd Laurie Balstad (Juneau)

3rd Marie Peters

4th Rasheeda Slater

5th Morgan Madden

6th Jenelle Clethero

7th Kayla Armstrong

8th Abigail Cuenza

9th Zoey Krause

10th Kristen LeGrow

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

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