From Thin Ice July 2019
Naomi Morrison– Gold Interpretive
Hi, I’m Naomi Morrison! I’m 13 years old and I’ve been skating since I was 7. I’ve always loved to skate so much and am so happy that I’ve passed my Gold Interpretive. Before my interpretive program I was competing in the star program and never really liked competing with my solo. After I had the option of competing with an interpretive program I was very excited to try something new and now I love skating my program at competitions. I'm very proud of my interpretive solo. I have seen how having an artistic program has helped my skating skills and timing and I’m looking forward to see what I can do in the future with my program. I am very thankful to my coaches Leslee and Larry Rushton who have guided and led me to getting my gold. I literally couldn't have done it without them.
From Thin Ice July 2019
Madison Simoneau – Gold FreeSkate
Congratulations to Madison Simoneau on passing her Gold Freeskate in April 2019. Madison is 13 years old and has just finished grade 8 year in Victoria. She has been skating for 5 years and joined Juan de Fuca Skate club in September of 2015 and has been with them for 4 years. We are amazed with her dedication and determination that has taken her from a junior skater now beginning her journey as a Pre-novice competitor in such a short time. When she is not at the rink skating or helping with the Canskate program, she enjoys spending time with her family outside camping, biking or walking her dog Max . We know that with the continued support from her family, friends and coaches she will continue to grow and succeed. Let the adventures continue!
From Thin Ice July 2019
Railyn Cid- Gold Interpretive
My name is Railyn Cid, I’m 18 years old and will graduate in June from Pacific Christian Secondary School. I’ve been skating for about 10 years, 8 of which have been with the Saanich Skating Club of Victoria. I began in the Canskate Program and worked my way up to Seniors. Since being with the club I’ve grown to love skating more than ever before, I began to help with the Canskate and am now a P.A which really helped me out applying for Recreational Skater Instructor Jobs. Thanks to my coach Brenda Charity. I’m very ecstatic to have passed my Gold interpretive and will continue to work on successfully passing my other Gold Test!
Stephanie Hleck – Gold Interpretive
Duncan Skating Club would like to congratulate Stephanie for passing her Gold Interpretive in April. This is Stephanie’s third Gold Test.
Audrey Darrah Christopher Horwood Johnathan Horwood
Jazmin Wheeler, Caiden Varasteh and Paris Hanke
Kelly Hwang My name is Kelly Hwang and I am 13 years old. I have been skating for 5 years with the Saanich Skating Club. I’d like to thank my coaches Barb, Murray and Brenda for being awesome coaches. I am going to work towards getting my gold feet in dance and freeskate.
SAANICH SKATING CLUB OCTOBER, 2016 Madelaine Cail
I've been skating since I was 7 years old and I started skills about 3 years ago. I'm so happy to have completed my Gold skills after just learning them after a month. Skills has been a great way for me to improve my footwork and timing. This has been an incredible skating year and I hope that every skater has the chance to feel what it's like to have finished all their skills. Finally, I'd like to thank my coaches for teaching me my skills and improving my skating abilities.
Cedar Bridgewood - Gold Dance, May 2015 Sarah Kedves - Gold Dance, August 2015 Myrika McDonald - Gold Dance, August 2015 Kirsten Reder - Gold Skills, May 2016
Nicole Yung - Gold Skills, May 2016
Nicole Yung- Gold Interpretive Ravie Cunningham - Diamond Dance, May 2016
Campbell River Figure Skating Club passed her Gold Skills this February. Heather started working on her skills in 2011 and has worked hard to complete her goal of finishing them this year. This grade 11 student keeps very busy when not in school, with figure skating, helping with Canskate, and track and field. During the summer she likes to hang out at the lake, swimming and waterskiing with friends.
Shannon Mather started skating at age 9 and has skated ever since! She recently passed her Gold Skills Test in April 2014 and would like to thank her coach of 28 years Rae Anne Hesketh, for encouraging her to achieve skills that she didn’t know were possible.
Shannon balances her passion of skating with her Skate Canada Judging and feels this is an excellent way to give back to the skaters! Along with being a skater herself, Shannon is a Registered Massage Therapist and a Pilates Instructor to add to her fields of expertise.
Krystal Moore (Janicki) passed her Gold Skills in April 2014. Krystal started skating at the age of 6 and won many competitions along the way. When she was in her teens, she found a new passion and that was horses. She took a few years off to work with them and then her love for skating brought her back to the ice when she was a young adult. Krystal is currently working on her Silver Interpretive and will continue to skate as long as possible! Krystal also thanks her long-time coach Rae Anne Hesketh along with her family and friends for their support and encouraging words for her to continue skating.
Blake began skating when he was 8 and quickly gained a passion for the sport and a love of skating. Blake has had the chance to skate and compete in many local competitions as well as skating in 4 Provincial StarSkate Championships.Completing his gold skills this past summer was a goal he set out for himself and achieved after working hard and believing he could master it! Blake is now in his first year at UVIC and is eager to take any opportunity to spend even just a few minutes on the ice enjoying what he likes to do most SKATE! Thanks to the Campbell River Skating Club for all the support and a special thanks to Blake’s coach Jannine Ranniger, who also believed he could do it! Blake would like to mention that without the love and support from his Mom and Dad none of this would have been possible!
Mairin was 8 years old when she joined the Canskate program with the Campbell River Skating Club and has loved it since the first day she cut an edge! Every year Mairin balances her sports both on and off the ice. In the spring, she participated in the provincial Track and Field Event and took part in the “Summer Provincial Games 2014” placing 7th in “Triple Jump” in the province! We are very proud of her! At school, Mairin continues to excel as a “Straight A Student” in Grade 10 and has volunteered as a Canskate Program Assistant for the past three years. In April, she passed her Gold Skills and continues to work hard to master her goals! A big thank you goes out to Mairin’s coach Rae Anne Hesketh, for encouraging her to reach her goals and never look back!
Leana is 14 years old and in Grade 9 at Southgate Middle School in Campbell River. She has been skating since she was 5 years old and started with the Port McNeill Figure Skating Club. Leana has been skating with the Campbell River Skating Club for the last 5 years. In 2007 she qualified to compete in skills at the Pacific Star Skate. She loves skating her skills and was thrilled to have passed her Gold Skills this spring! Leana enjoys helping other skaters in the Canskate program and has been doing so for the last 7 years. She thanks her Campbell River coach Jannine Ranninger and her Pt McNeill coaches, Elizabeth Kines and Melanie Beech-Weber for her success. Her next goal is to complete her Senior Silver and Gold dances.
Kiara Collinge, Gold Interpretive
Mike Loudon Gold Interpretive and Free Skate
Taylor Savard Gold Interpretive
Safron Hilder took her first skating test in December 2009, and at the end of November, 2015 she passed her final Gold Dance tests to earn her fourth Gold level test. In the time between the first and last test she took many tests and passed her Gold Interpretive, Gold Skills and Gold Freeskate tests. This makes her only the fourth skater in the history of Peninsula Figure Skating Club (40 years!) to get all the Gold tests while skating with our Club. Saffron trains many hours every week, and if you can’t find her at the arena skating, she is probably at the dance studio where she also participates in many classes and activities.
Over the year, several skaters achieved their Gold Feet, including Jenny Hwang (Gold Dance), Jamie Daniel (Gold Skills), Olivia McKillop (Gold Skills), Olivia Williams (Gold Skills) and Katey Harrison (Gold Skills and Gold Dance). At our most recent test day in March, Jenny Hwang passed her Gold Interpretive, Sequoia Korner and Lauren Wagner passed their Gold Skills and Caribe Niemann passed her Gold Dance.
Duncan Figure Skating Club's Cecilia Faustino
completed her Gold Dances in December and Baylee Hopwo passed her Gold Interpretive in December and her Gold Skills in April.
Moira Baker completed her Gold Dances and in February
Kaylin Cound and Heather Robertson passed their Gold Skills