Williams Lake Skating Club members Georgia Jacobson (from left)

Williams Lake Skating Club members Georgia Jacobson (from left)

Skaters leap to podium at year-end competition

Seven members of the Williams Lake Skating Club put in their final spins and jumps of the season at the Kelowna Super Series Final.

Seven members of the Williams Lake Skating Club put in their final spins and jumps of the season March 6-8 at the year-end Kelowna Super Series Final.

Dawn Henley, Georgia Jacobson, Ryanne Jones, Amanda Lane, Emma Penner, Kolbi Seterengen and Alanna Walters represented the club and all impressed WLSC head coach Joanne Macnair.

“It was a great weekend,” Macnair said. “Everyone performed well and they all had great skates.”

Close to 200 skaters from across the province took part in the event.

For Henley, who competed in the Senior Silver Women’s division, the weekend secured a first-place result after her season points landed her the StarSkate Senior Silver Champion for 2014/15. In her free skate at the competition Henley took fourth place.

“I’m very happy,” Henley said. “It’s a good accomplishment for me.”

Jacobson, in the Star 3 Girls category, skated to a silver-medal podium finish.

Competing in the same division, Jones locked down the bronze medal.

Lane, meanwhile, rebounded from a tough sixth-place result in the Juvenile Women Under-14 division, to win a gold medal in the Introductory Interpretive category.

“I felt comfortable going in [to my free skate] but it didn’t quite go as planned,” Lane said. “The interpretive went well. It’s a fun one, but the free skate could have gone better.”

Emma and Seterengen both wound up silver medalists in their Star 2 Girls division.

Walters, in the Senior Bronze Women’s event, capped off the weekend with a bronze medal in free skate, and a silver medal in Bronze Interpretive.

“I was really happy with my free skate,” Walters said. “That’s the first time I’ve medalled at that competition so I was really happy with myself. I worked hard all year and it paid off.”

Last weekend the club also hosted former Canadian national team skaters Ben Ferreira and Jadene Ferreira of Edmonton in a Skating Success workshop.

WLSC director and parent Lauren Penner said it was extremely helpful for the club’s skaters, and also a lot of fun.

“The first day they taught the girls proper technique for takeoffs and landings using video capture technology,” Lauren said. “It breaks their jumps down into segments and lets them see their jump.”

During the workshop WLSC skaters also learned choreography and performance skills, alongside on-ice and off-ice work.

“Everyone had a really great time and learned a lot,” Lauren said.

The WLSC will wrap up its season next Thursday, March 26, with a skating showcase featuring all the club’s members. Skating kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

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