Quesnel figure skaters succeeding

Katie Grant won the STAR 6 ladies and took 3rd place in the STAR 7 ladies. (Submitted Photo)Katie Grant won the STAR 6 ladies and took 3rd place in the STAR 7 ladies. (Submitted Photo)
Baillie Jackson took seventh place in the STAR 6 ladies and tenth place in the STAR 7 ladies. (Submitted Photo)Baillie Jackson took seventh place in the STAR 6 ladies and tenth place in the STAR 7 ladies. (Submitted Photo)
Jordyn Kronebusch took third place in STAR 5 Artistic and12th place STAR 5 ladies. (Submitted Photo)Jordyn Kronebusch took third place in STAR 5 Artistic and12th place STAR 5 ladies. (Submitted Photo)
Phoenix Swaan got a Silver assessment for STAR 2 girls. (Submitted Photo)Phoenix Swaan got a Silver assessment for STAR 2 girls. (Submitted Photo)
Taylor Backer got a bronze assessment for STAR 2 Girls. (Submitted Photo)Taylor Backer got a bronze assessment for STAR 2 Girls. (Submitted Photo)

Quesnel figure skaters are succeeding both locally and nationally.

In late-November the Quesnel Figure Skating Club’s STAR skaters went to Kamloops for the Okanagan Interclub competition, and all Quesnel skaters posted personal bests.

Senior skaters compete four times in a year, with the top three marks added together to declare a provincial champion. Katie Grant is aiming for that title, winning the STAR 6 event in Kamloops and taking 3rd in STAR 7. Each level has different element requirements. For example, a STAR 6 program must have an axel jump, two double jumps, and three different spins.

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Baillie Jackson also competed in the STAR, posting a new personal best by three points.

Jordyn Kronebusch placed third in her artistic event and junior skaters Taylor Backer and Phoenix Swaan also represented the club with a bronze and silver assessment.

Mitchell Dunn has also continued to thrive, qualifying for another national tournament. Dunn will be competing at the Canadian Tire National Championships in January, and is the first skater representing Quesnel to compete at nationals.

Dunn was at the Quesnel Kangaroos game on Dec. 18, helping the figure skating club’s Frisbee toss fundraiser. The club is also planning a skate-a-thon to help cover part of Dunn’s costs.

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The Cariboo North Central Regional championships will also be coming to Quesnel. The competition was set to be held in Williams Lake, but was cancelled due to a lack of judges and ice time.

Normally Quesnel would host the event every four years, preparing 18 months in advance, but the club is looking to turnaround regionals in only five weeks. The club is preparing fundraising and a volunteer drive to host the event.

Regionals were cancelled last year due to COVID-19.

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