Pettitt continues successful first season in junior

National figure skating champ Rachel Pettitt is prospering in her first season at the junior women level. The Whitehorse skater added another medal to the count at the Autumn Leaves competition over the weekend in Chilliwack, B.

National figure skating champ Rachel Pettitt is prospering in her first season at the junior women level.

The Whitehorse skater added another medal to the count at the Autumn Leaves competition over the weekend in Chilliwack, B.C.

The 16-year-old won bronze at the Super Series event.

“My short program wasn’t the best, but I got my jumps done,” said Pettitt. “I lost a few easy points in spins, which were costly. But overall I was happy with my short program.

“My free program wasn’t too bad. There were a couple errors and there is definitely room for improvement, which I’ll be training for leading up to sections.”

Pettitt, who became the first Yukoner to win gold at the National Skating Championships in January, placed fourth in her short and third in her long to finish with a combined score of 115.44 over the weekend.

She capped her final season in novice ladies by winning gold at the Canada Winter Games in February – another first for Yukon.

“I’m feeling pretty good. It’s nice to know I can still pull out some medals in a higher level,” said Pettitt. “I definitely have stuff I want to improve on before Sectionals and hopefully Challenge and Canadians. But I’m really pleased with how everything is going so far.”

Pettitt wasn’t the only Yukon skater from the Arctic Edge Skating Club to compete over the weekend – or to win a medal.

Alissa Russell skated to bronze in pre-juvenile women (U13) with a score of 19.14. It was her first time competing in the division

Arctic Edge also secured four fourth place finishes in Chilliwack.

Mikayla Kramer finished fourth in pre-novice women with a combined score of 76.26. Kramer, who also competed at the Canada Games, was in first place following her short program.

Tessa Moore posted a fourth place results in pre-juvenile women (U13) with 19.09. Moore also grabbed eighth in bronze interpretive with a score of 18.84. In both cases she was competing in the divisions for her first time.

Arctic Edge teammate Alissa Russell landed fourth in introductory interpretive with a score of 18.41.

Pettitt, who trains with the Kelowna Skating Club in B.C., started off her first junior season winning the short program at the Super Series Victoria Day meet.

She then collected gold in the Wenatchee Apple Classic in Washington State in June.

Pettitt didn’t win a medal at the Glacier Falls Summer Classic Anaheim, Cali. in July, but did set a personal best combined score of 130.

She also picked up a bronze at the B.C. SummerSkate 2015 in August.

She’ll be aiming for a top-four placing at the B.C./Yukon Section Championships early next month in order to once again qualify for the Skate Canada Challenge in December – the final stepping stone to a return to the nationals early next year.

“My goals for the future competitions are to lay out a good score consistently and just do my stuff,” said Pettitt. “I don’t have to skate amazing, just get my easy stuff done and whatever happens happens.”

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

During our recent conversation, John Nicholson showed me snapshots of his time working on the Yukon riverboats 70 years ago. (Michael Gates)
History Hunter: Yukon man relives the riverboat days after seven decades

John Nicholson took summer work on Yukon steamers in the 1950s

A cyclist rides along the Millenium Trail in downtown Whitehorse on a frigid Feb. 9. Whitehorse city council has passed the first two readings of an e-bike bylaw that would designate how e-bike riders can use city trails. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
First two readings passed on Whitehorse e-bike bylaw

Delegate calls on city to consider age restrictions and further regulations

Whitehorse City Hall at its Steele Street entrance. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Change of plans approved for city hall

Project would see 1966 city hall demolished

A city map shows the property at 107 Range Road. The zoning is now in place for developers to proceed with plans for a Dairy Queen drive-thru. If plans proceed on schedule the new restaurant is anticipated to open in October. (Cyrstal Schick/Yukon News)
October opening eyed for Dairy Queen

Will depend on everything going according to plan

NDP candidate Annie Blake, left, and Liberal incumbent Pauline Frost. (Submitted photos)
Official recount confirms tie vote in Vuntut Gwitchin riding

Both candidates Pauline Frost and Annie Blake are still standing with 78 votes each

Joel Krahn/joelkran.com Hikers traverse the Chilkoot Trail in September 2015. Alaska side.
The Canadian side of the Chilkoot Trail will open for summer

The Canadian side of the Chilkoot Trail will open for summer Parks… Continue reading

A bulldozer levels piles of garbage at the Whitehorse landfill in January 2012. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News file)
Rural dump closures and tipping fees raise concern from small communities

The government has said the measures are a cost-cutting necessity

Letters to the editor.
Today’s mailbox: Hands of Hope, the quilt of poppies

Toilets are important Ed. note: Hands of Hope is a Whitehorse-based non-profit… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)
City news, briefly

A look at city council matters for the week of April 12

École Whitehorse Elementary Grade 7 students Yumi Traynor and Oscar Wolosewich participated in the Civix Student Vote in Whitehorse on April 12. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Yukon Student Vote chooses Yukon Party government; NDP take popular vote

The initiative is organized by national non-profit CIVIX

Yvonne Clarke is the newly elected Yukon Party MLA for Porter Creek Centre. (Submitted/Yukon Party)
Yvonne Clarke elected as first Filipina MLA in the Yukon Legislative Assembly

Clarke beat incumbent Liberal Paolo Gallina in Porter Creek Centre

Emily Tredger at NDP election night headquarters after winning the Whitehorse Centre riding. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Emily Tredger takes Whitehorse Centre for NDP

MLA-elect ready to get to work in new role

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Two new cases of COVID-19 variant identified in territory

“If variants were to get out of control in the Yukon, the impact could be serious.”

Most Read