Sectionals begin in Moose Jaw

Katie Brickman
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Two local clubs competing at elite competition

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Skaters from all around the province will be at the Pla-Mor Palace this weekend for the Skate Canada Sectionals.

“It will be the best skaters in Saskatchewan, so we will see some from the pre-juvenile, which is under 11 right up to the senior level,” said Naiomi Rigetti, coach with the Prairie Edge School of Skating.

The action gets started today (Friday) at 3:30 p.m. with the opening ceremonies and will go throughout the weekend with the final medal ceremony happening at 5:05 p.m. on Sunday.

“Sectionals is the be all end all for all the skaters from the north to the south of our province,” stated coach Rustie Dean of the Moose Jaw Skating Club. This is what everyone is really training for and what they have worked for all year.”

There will be different levels of skaters throughout the competition, including young skaters and senior level skaters that are consistently honing their craft. The top four skaters in the Pre-Novice division will go onto to the Western Challenge in Regina this December.

“The top athletes of our province gather for this weekend to see if they can make it on to the Western Challenge,” stated Dean.

The Prairie Edge School of Skating will be sending five skaters, three in pre-juvenile — Maria Rigetti, Kiana Avery and Alexandrea Gray and two in pre-novice — Kirah Brown and Adrianna Phillips. The club has high expectations for those skaters.

“I think all five of them have a good opportunity to be in the top five in their categories,” said Rigetti. “If each girl skates the best she can skate, I am expecting a good showing from all of them.”

The Moose Jaw Skating Club will be sending three skaters — Paige Hager (Novice), Ryann Terry (Pre-Juvenile) and Erika Wilson (Pre-Novice). The expectations will be high for these three skaters in their divisions, as this is the event they have been working towards all season.

“They are all going in there to try and beat their personal best scores from last year’s sectional performance and from some competitions earlier this season. Ultimately, everyone’s goal is to try to advance to the top half of the flight or move on to regionals,” said Dean. “To be in the top half of the province is a pretty good marker, so that’s what they are aiming for.”

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

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