THORBURN – Skaters with the East Pictou Silver Blades posted very good results at a recent provincial competition in Pictou County.
At the 2018 Star Skate provincials held at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, the Thorburn-based club had six skaters compete in total of eight events, winning six silver medals and a gold.
Makayla McGee – Silver in Star 2 singles
Ella MacIntyre – Silver Star 2 singles
Adelle Thomsen – Silver Star 3 singles
Ariel Ferris – Silver Star (3 singles), and Silver Star (3 Elements)
Jessica Arnold – Silver (Star 3 singles)
Lauren Hanna – Gold (Star 1 singles)
McGee, MacIntyre, Thomsen and Arnold also won silver in the Star 2 team event.
This was the first competition for Hanna, while Arnold and Thomsen moved up to Star 3 from Star 2 at the competition.
The club annual ice show – this year’s theme was “Get Animated” – took place on March 3 and featured more than 40 skaters from CanSkate, Pre-Star, Special Olympics and figure skating.
Several award winners were recently announced at the recent Silver Blades awards ceremony:
• Ariel Ferris won star skater of the year for the EPSB club. This award gives her an invitation to the Skate Canada/Nova Scotia AGM, where she will perform in the gala. She is also nominated as the provincial Star Skater of the Year.
• Adelle Thomsen won the Helping Hands award. This is voted on by the skaters and goes to the skater most voted as someone who is always positive, helpful and encouraging to the other skaters.
• Makayla McGee won the Derek Brightman Memorial Trophy for most improved figure skater in the club.
• Lauren Hanna won the Connie Frazee Memorial Award, which celebrates a skater who embodies the spirit of skating.
• Kenzie Benoit won CanSkater of the year, a provincial nomination, and she will take part in the Nova Scotia gala at the AGM in May. She will move into the Silver Blades’ Pre-Star program next season.
• Lexi Smith-Albert was the recipient of the Shining Star Award. This is awarded to the Pre-Star skater who has shown great improvement over the year, has a positive attitude and exudes the love of skating.
• Keegan Jardine received the CanSkate champion award, given to a CanSkater who consistently worked hard and showed a love for skating during the program.