Skaters up for the island regional challenge
Valley skaters put their talents to the test at the Vancouver Island regional figure skating championships in Victoria.
Duncan Skating Club sent 18 members to the competition, comprising 20 events.
Baylee Hopwo and Caitlyn Luckhurst were entered in two events each. Hopwo placed fifth in introductory interpretive and fourth in Group 1 of Starskate 4 for 13+ while Luckhurst came first in pre-introductory interpretive and claimed silver for Starskate 3B Group 4.
Duncan results in Starskate 1 included: Rylee Smith (bronze, Group 1); Grace Haugen and Paiton Douglas (bronze, Group 2); Camryn Visscher and DelRae Olson (bronze, Group 3); Ryley MacDonald (silver) and Drew Kuipers (bronze) in Group 4; Sonja McCormack (bronze, Group 5); and Cassie Bowdery (bronze, Group 6).
In Star 3A, Peyton Kong picked up silver in Group 1; Sophia Hodgins and Hannah Kushner both earned silver in Group 2; and Haley Dragicevich claimed silver in Group 3.
Stephanie Hleck received bronze in Group 3 of Star 3B and Brancato joined Luckhurst with silver in Group 4.
Courtney Vanderstap was fourth in Group 2 of Star 4 for 13+.
Fuller Lake Skating Club's efforts featured a silver performance by Sophie Dawe in Starskate 1 and bronze for Nora Goeschick and Aaliyah Ward in Starskate 2.
Amber Ree earned silver in introductory interpretive and finished in eighth place for Starskate 4. Paris Hanke finished 10th in Starskate 4.
Sarah Kedves claimed eighth spot in juvenile freeskate.
Kedves also joined forces with partner Lucas Pallard, a Grade 11 student at Nanaimo District Secondary School, for second spot in pre-novice pairs.
Kedves said doing the pairs is a bit terrifying but she loves it.
She only started working with Pallard last September. They have trained hard to get programs together and learn all the new skills.
The short and long programs were both skated on the same day. Kedves was a bit sore the next day for her personal solo, but felt it was well worth it.
Kerry Park Skating Club had four competitors in the event.
Kathleen Whittome finished second in the bronze interpretive, Melanie Whittome was eighth in introductory interpretive, Cecilia Faustino placed 11th in Star 4 and Sheryl Sizer was a gold winner in Star 2.