Dance duo headed to Westerns

Katie Brickman
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Young skaters do well at sectionals

A pair of skaters from the Moose Jaw Skating Club is headed to Western Canadians.

Members of the Moose Jaw Skating Club competed in sectionals earlier this month. Some others are headed to tryouts for the Saskatchewan Winter Games. Back row, from left to right, Maria Hadley-Cole, Raine Eberl and Emily Deobald. Front row (L-R), Sydney Miskiman, Stephanie Ross, Serena Schlamp, Paige Beausoleil, Ryann Terry and Alyssa Roney. Absent was Andrea MacDonald, Karissa Spence and Erika Wilson. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

The ice dancing duo of Raine Eberl and Andrea MacDonald are headed to a bigger stage in Regina next weekend.

They were second overall in the pre-novice dance category in mid-November at sectionals, which allowed them to move on to this competition.

“They are the first ones from our club to move on to Westerns for quite a while,” said coach Jana Beesley-Capili. “It is a big accomplishment. For Andrea and Raine, our goal is for them to be in the top half. It will be a good experience for them.”

The club also sent several skaters to the same sectional meet in Saskatoon, including many that were there for the first time.

“Everybody did really well,” said Beesley-Capili.

Those that went for the first time included Serena Schlamp, Stephanie Ross, Alyssa Roney and Sydney Miskiman. 

“They all did really well in their first year at sectionals,” said Beesley-Capili. “They competed in pre-juvenile and only did one routine.”

Ryann Terry finished 12th overall in the pre-novice division, her first year in the higher category.

Eberl will also be heading to the Western Canadian competition as an individual in the pre-novice men division, after finishing second overall at sectionals.

“That was a goal for him,” said Beesley-Capili. “He is hoping to make top 10 at Westerns.”

The club is also gearing up for tryouts for the Saskatchewan Winter Games. There will be nine skaters that are heading to Warman on Dec. 14 to try out for the south west region.

There are three groups — Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3. From the club, Ross, Schlamp, Roney and Paige Beausoleil are in the first class. In the second class is Emily Deobald and in the third class are Karissa Spence, Eberl, Terry and Erika Wilson.

“They have to make the top three and then they will select our Winter Games team from our district,” explained Beesley-Capili.

On Dec. 15, the club will host their Christmas on Ice show at the Bert Hunt Arena. All the skaters will get to do their solos for family and friends beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The club is also hosting the Jean Norman provincial competition in late February and early March.

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