Five skaters qualify for Winter Games
Some of the best figure skaters in the province are from Moose Jaw.
© Katie Brickman
Stephanie Ross, Ryann Terry and Alyssa Roney (L-R) are three of five skaters from the Moose Jaw Skating Club that have qualified for the Saskatchewan Winter Games in Prince Albert this month. Absent was Serena Schlamp and Raine Eberl. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
Five members from the Moose Jaw Skating Club will be competing at the Saskatchewan Winter Games later this month in Prince Albert.
“We had a lot of kids that made it and a lot that tried out as well,” said Jana Beesley-Capili, a coach with the club. “The age group is 10 to 16, so we would have had more kids make it, but they weren’t old enough or they were too old.”
Alyssa Roney, Stephanie Ross Serena Schlamp, Ryann Terry and Raine Eberl will represent the district at the Games.
“On the whole team for southwest, I think there is about 14 kids and five of them are from our club,” she said.
There are three different categories based on age and criteria that is in accordance with the Skate Canada rulebook. Figure skating runs from Feb. 16 to 19.
The Class 1 division is for those under 12 years old that have passed the complete Junior Bronze Free Skate test, but no higher than the complete Senior Bronze test. Skaters may have passed one part of the Junior Silver skate test, but no higher.
In the Class 2 division, those under 15 years old and have completed the Junior Bronze Free Skate test, but no higher than the complete Junior Silver test. Skaters may have passed one part of the Senior Silver skate test, but no higher.
In the Class division, those under 17 years old and have passed the complete Junior Bronze Free Skate test, but no higher than the complete Senior Silver test. Skaters may have passed one part of the Gold free skate test, but no higher.
These five skaters qualified through the run-offs in December where they finished in the top three or four in each category.
“They were really impressive,” said Beesley-Capili. “They all stood out and did really well.”
Beesley-Capili explained that all skaters had good first marks, which is the technical side of the performance, but they all improved on the second mark, which was the choreography and transitions in their programs.
This will be Ryann Terry’s first time competing in the Winter Games and this is something she has been striving for in the last couple of months.
“It was really exciting. This has been months in the progress,” said Terry. “I am really excited for the uniform, but also just to skate and represent the district.”
Terry has been using this season to perform at a high level and get stronger on the ice.
“I have been working on higher spins, getting faster and more unique positions and new jumps,” she said.
Beesley-Capili is hoping the members from the club can just go and enjoy the experience of being in an Olympic-type atmosphere when the real Winter Olympics are going on at the same time in Sochi.
“They each have personal goals of what they want to do, but as from the coach’s point of view, it is a really fun event for them,” she said. “I think they want to go out and have good skates.”
Follow me on Twitter @katiebrickman.