Five PEI skaters have qualified to advance to this year’s upcoming 2013 Skate Canada Challenge to be held December 5-9, 2012 at the Co-operators Centre at Evraz Place in Regina, Saskatchewan. Skate Canada Prince Edward Island recently partnered with Skate Canada New Brunswick where skaters competed for the coveted spots.
In the Pre-Novice Women’s event, Katie Halliday of Charlottetown Skating Club led the PEI contingent and took the Gold medal with a score of 20.37 in the short program and 37.58 in the long program for a total of 57.95 and forth place among 19 competitors.
Clubmate Chloe MacMillan Dallaire was a close second with 18.33 in the short then skated a strong long program scoring 38.98, taking her total to 57.31 and capturing the silver and jumping from 9th place to 5th overall.
Taking the Bronze was Elizabeth Clark of Sherwood-Parkdale Skating Club. With a strong short program which earned her 18.57 points, she scored 30.95 in the long for a total of 49.52 and ninth place overall.
Summerside FSC’s Taran Price had a solid skate in the short to earn 17.14 points. Her long program earned 28.18 bringing her total to 45.32 and 12th place overall. This earned her the final qualifying spot on the Skate Canada PEI Pre-Novice Women’s team to Challenge in Regina next month.
Rounding out the entries for Sectionals was Cassandra Doucette of Charlottetown who earned 14.73 in the short and 27.75 in the long for a total of 42.48 and a respectable 14th place overall in her first Sectionals at the Pre-Novice level.
The top four skaters in each Section in the Pre-Novice event qualify to advance to the Challenge event where the National Champion will be crowned.
Skate Canada PEI’s fifth team member to Challenge will be Jairus Godfrey of Sherwood-Parkdale Skating Club. Godfrey travelled to British Columbia for his qualifying skate where he earned 37.68 in his short and 59.72 in the long, for a total of 97.40. This is Godfrey’s first year competing in Senior Men’s and he is hoping to advance through Challenge to the 2013 Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Mississauga in January where the top 18 Senior men in the country will compete for the coveted title.