The Island regional figure skating competition is always a tough test, but Fuller Lake Skating Club members passed with flying colours.
Particularly impressive during the event in Victoria was Sophie Dawe, a Grade 9 Ladysmith Secondary School student who turns 15 in March.
Dawe managed a second place in her Bronze Interpretive and third for the Star 5 13 and older freeskate category under difficult circumstances.
“I was really proud of myself,” she said. “I just came off an injury.”
A heal problem had sidelined Dawe from even practicing since the Cowichan Valley Showcase exhibition skate in January. “I had to take off to rehab it,” she indicated.
But Dawe got back on the ice and nailed her respective programs, both of which are new this season.
Fortunately, she had two days between the Interpretive routine and her freeskate.
Her Bronze Interpretive skate was done to the song Angel by Sarah McLachlan that she’s been working on with coach Kailee Bowman. Dawe said the freeskate, under the direction of the club’s new head coach Dominic Turgeon, has “a lot of different techniques, but I think it works for us.”
Her freeskate placing was a bit of a pleasant surprise.
“I wasn’t sure about my freeskate because there’s a lot of great skaters out there,” Dawe said.
In other results, Lucy Street placed right behind Dawe twice with a third in Bronze Interpretive and fourth in Star 5 13 and Older.
Brooklyn Puska placed eighth in Bronze Interpretive and seventh in Star 5 Under 13.
The Star 4 Under 10 division had Julia Hussey in first place. Amanda Nagy finished 15th in Star 4 Under 13.
Daisy Troise claimed silver in Star 2.
Gold in the Star 3 category went to Mica Torres-Hernandez; silver to Jasmine Taylor, Leah Brown, Alexandra Fernau and Olivia Stuart; and bronze to Hannah Wilson.
Dawe has been working with a lot of the younger skaters as an assistant. It’s a good stepping stone for her because she’d like to get into coaching one day.
“Sometimes Dominic asks us during competitions to warm up other skaters,” Dawe pointed out. “He trusts us to do that.
“I actually really like it – it’s a new experience for all of us.”
Skaters are continuing to put in the hard work toward the next competition, the Starskate final, March 1-3 in Kelowna.