Olivia Stuart, above, of the Fuller Lake Skating Club puts plenty of passion into her Star 3 routine in the Island Interclub competition at Kerry Park Recreation Centre. Top right, Alexandra Fernau goes into a spin during Star 3 girls freeskate competition. Both earned silver assessments for their performances. (Photos by Don Bodger)

Fuller Lake skaters shine in interclub competition

Coach cites a greater understanding of direction among the skaters for improvement

Eleven members of the Fuller Lake Skating Club exhibited plenty of razzle to go with their dazzle during the Vancouver Island Interclub competition at the Kerry Park Recreation Centre in Mill Bay.

The girls turned in strong performances at all levels against elite competition from the other clubs around the Island. Joining the Fuller Lake contingent were skaters from Campbell River, Comox Valley, Gold River, Mount Arrowsmith, Port McNeill, Duncan, Kerry Park, Nanaimo, Sandy Shores, Juan de Fuca, Oak Bay, Peninsula, Racquet Club and Saanich.

Skaters from Star 4 and above received placings for their efforts.

Jasmine Taylor was fourth and Leah Brown ninth in Star 4 Under 13; Mica Torres-Hernandez finished fourth and Amanda Nagy sixth in Star 5 Under 13; Brooklyn Puska came 10th in Star 5 13 and over; and Lucy Street placed seventh and Sophie Dawe 11th in Star 6 women.

Skaters in levels below Star 4 were awarded various assessments for their performances.

Hannah Wilson, Olivia Stuart and Alexandra Fernau all received silver assessments for Star 3. Skyla Lewis also obtained a silver assessment in Star 1.

Fuller Lake’s head coach Dominic Turgeon was pleased with the results and feels the ball is really rolling now that he’s into his second year with the club.

“The skaters understand my expectations of work ethic and discipline, mixed with somewhat of a quirky sense of humour,” he indicated. “Technique is becoming more consistent and the skaters are progressing nicely.”

Turgeon added things like the Christmas show at Butchart Gardens Dec. 14 and the club’s own ice show in the new year are more easily taught to the skaters.

“Their ability to listen and understand direction have greatly improved so things can be accomplished much quicker and easier,” he noted.

“I feel lucky to be working with such a great group of skaters and with such a well-run club.”

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Olivia Stuart of the Fuller Lake Skating Club executes a fabulous Star 3 routine in the Island Interclub competition at Kerry Park Recreation Centre. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Smooth skating is exhibited by Olivia Stuart of the Fuller Lake Skating Club during the Island Interclub skating competition at Kerry Park Recreation Centre. (Photo by Don Bodger)

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