Local skaters gain experience

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Trio compete with Sask. comeptitive development team

Ryann Terry, left, Stephanie Ross and Sydney Miskiman from the Moose Jaw Skating Club recently attended the Sunsational Competition in Edmonton.

A trio of local figure skaters got a taste of life with the Saskatchewan competitive development team recently.

Sydney Miskiman, Stephanie Ross and Ryann Terry from the Moose Jaw Skating Club all competed at the the Sunsational Competition in Edmonton.

“It’s a good team building experience. All of these skaters from across the province get together on a bus and they don’t know each other and they room together,” said Jana Beesley-Capili, a coach with the Moose Jaw Skating Club. “They all work together with the same three team coaches and they get the experience that the older kids get on the high performance teams.

“These are the kids that they’re going to be competing against for the next five or six years because they’re all at the Pre-Juvenile level. As they move up into the Juvenile, Novice and Pre-Novice level they’re going to competing against these same kids.”

The competition featured all of the top young skaters from Alberta, plus the development team members from Saskatchewan.

Miskiman is only eight, while Ross is nine and Terry is 11.

“Sydney is pretty young to be one the team. She’s one of the youngest kids they’ve ever picked. They’re really starting to develop them at a younger age. Anyone who has potential at seven, eight or nine — that kind of stand out — they’re trying to get them young,” said Beesley-Capili.

All of the local skaters had strong performances against a tough field of skaters though none made the podium.

Miskiman finished fifth in Preliminary elements, seventh in the Preliminary free program and sixth in the Introductory interpretive

Ross was fifth in the Junior Bronze free skate.

Terry finished fourth in Bronze interpretive and ninth Juvenile under-11 free program.

“With our club we have so many up-and-coming kids that are doing really well and getting noticed,” said Beesley-Capili who is expecting more of their young skaters to earn similar opportunities next season.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Skating Club

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Sydney, Edmonton Alberta

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