Daisy Troise of Fuller Lake, a Star 2 skater, glides along with the greatest of ease.

Daisy Troise of Fuller Lake, a Star 2 skater, glides along with the greatest of ease.

Cowichan Valley skaters showcase their talents in annual exhibition

Fuller Lake members dominate the entries

The Fuller Lake Skating Club accounted for a large majority of the 39 skaters entered in the annual Cowichan Valley Showcase skating event at Fuller Lake Arena.

A few members of the Duncan and Kerry Park clubs also participated.

As the name implies, the idea was for the skaters to showcase their talents in a slightly different format than the usual competitions. Members of the community did the judging rather than conventional judges.

“It wasn’t judged on technique,” said Fuller Lake head coach Shannon McKinlay. “It was judged on musicality and showmanship.”

It gave those skaters who put a little extra flair into their routines a chance to be rewarded.

The skaters were divided into three teams of 13. Points were tallied from all the skaters at different levels of competition to determine the championship team.

Being an Olympic year, that was used as the theme for the team names that included: Olympic Snowboarding (Team 1); Olympic Ski Jumping (Team 2) and Olympic Bobsledding (Team 3).

Caiden Varasteh and Sonja McCormack were the leaders of the Olympic Ski Jumping team that placed first. Other members of the team were: Isabel Anderson, Naomi Curnow, Sophie Dawe, Ella Donovan, Alexandra Fernau, Skyla Lewis, Jamie Mann, Amanda Nagy, Anika Olson, Lucy Street and Jasmine Taylor.

The award for the team that had the most amount of cheering and energy went to the Olympic Snowboarding Team, led by Cecilia Faustino and Jazmin Wheeler. The other team members were: Daphne Anderson, Leah Brown, Monique Cardin, Peyton Kong, Anna McKinlay, Deliah Modeste, Brooklyn Puska, Hannah Stazicker, Daisy Troise, Shaylah Ward and Hannah Wilson.

Skaters on the Olympic Bobsledding Team included: leaders Haley Dragicevich and Aaliyah Ward, Hailey Cerrer, Ryan Curnow, Liahni Ellis-Donald, Julia Hussey, Taylor LaRonde, Sydnee Poznecov, Olivia Stuart, Mica Torres Hernandez, Brielle Varasteh, Isis Waters and Crystal Work.

 

Sydnee Poznecov of Fuller Lake, a Star 1 skater.

Sydnee Poznecov of Fuller Lake, a Star 1 skater.

Hannah Wilson of Fuller Lake, a Star 2 skater, makes a tough manoeuvre look easy.

Hannah Wilson of Fuller Lake, a Star 2 skater, makes a tough manoeuvre look easy.