Locals open Sectionals with strong skates

Matthew Gourlie
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Kirah Brown, from the Prairie Edge School of Skating — representing the Caronport Skating Club — lands a jump during her Pre-Novice Women’s short program Friday at the Skate Canada Saskatchewan Sectionals competition at the Bert Hunt.

While the rest of us were trying to navigate the ice, 85 of the best figure skaters in the province were at the Pla-Mor Palace tearing the ice up.

The Skate Canada Saskatchewan Sectionals began Friday afternoon in Moose Jaw and will continue all weekend.

The competition began for Moose Jaw’s Kirah Brown and Adrianna Phillips from the Prairie Edge School of Skating and Erika Wilson from the Moose Jaw Skating Club as they took part in the Pre-Novice Women’s short program Friday night.

Paige Hager and Maria Hadley-Cole, from the Moose Jaw Skating Club, skated her short program in the Novice Women’s category Friday as well.

Ryann Terry from the Moose Jaw Skating Club and Maria Rigetti, Kiana Avery and Alexndrea Gray from Prairie Edge will begin their competition in Pre-Juvenile Women’s categories Sunday.

The local skaters were happy with their start to the competition and particularly happy that they didn’t have to travel through the blizzard to do so.

“It’s always better to skate at home. You know the rink and there’s no surprises,” said Brown after her short program. “It’s really nice that it was here today because the roads are so bad.”

Brown felt her short program went fairly well, but saw some small areas for improvement.

“My presentation could have maybe been a little stronger,” offered Brown who landed all of her jumps.

“I’m pretty consistent and that helps in competition.”

Wilson was also pretty happy with her opening skate in Pre-Novice.

“It was good. I landed everything and I did all of my spins,” said Wilson who is hoping a smiliar showing in the free skate will see her finish in the top-half of her 28-skater category.

The Sectionals competition will continue Saturday at 1:15 p.m. and then Sunday at 8:30 a.m. before concluding at 5 p.m.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Skating Club, Pla-Mor Palace, Prairie Edge School of Skating and Erika Wilson

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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