Valentine skates away with title

ROB BRODIE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:09 AM ET

Mandy Valentine has been down this road before.

The Nepean Skating Club competitor swept both the short and free programs en route to the junior ladies' title at the Eastern Ontario Sectionals, which wrapped up yesterday at the Port Perry Scucog Arena.

Last season, a sectionals victory got Valentine, 14, started on the way to a Canadian novice ladies' championship, which she won at the Skate Canada Junior Nationals at the Nepean Sportsplex.

Step No. 2 for Valentine -- who now trains at the Onyx Skating Academy in Rochester, Mich., with coach Richard Callaghan -- is the Skate Canada Eastern Challenge, which runs Dec. 2-5 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. The top four finishers in junior, novice and pre-novice events at sectionals qualified for the Challenge.

Joining Valentine in Mississauga will be Nepean's Kaila Morris and Jordana Greenberg, who finished second and fourth respectively in the junior ladies' event.

Among junior men, Kingston's Jamie Forsythe won the sectionals gold, while Minto's Michael Elias grabbed the silver and Ben Tobali of Nepean took the bronze.

In senior events, Minto's Ashton Tessier won the ladies' gold, while Tyler Cochrane of Kingston took the men's title. Minto's Brennan Martin claimed the silver. All three advance directly the Canadian championships, Jan. 17-23 in London, Ont.

The novice ladies' gold went to Tara Forstner of Alexandria, while Nepean's Brooke Paulin took the silver and Julia Polnareva of Minto the bronze. Minto's Dana Zhalko-Tytarenko placed fourth.

Nepean swept the novice men's medals -- Nathan Last (gold), Bradley Price (silver) and Kevin Boczar (bronze). Price also won the novice pairs silver on Saturday with Veronique Lalonde of Gatineau.

The pre-novice ladies' gold went to Annie-Claire Bergeron-Oliver, who won both programs. Minto's Emily Manley moved up into the silver medal position, while Nepean's Jessica Brousseau took the bronze.

Minto's David Leenan earned the pre-novice men's silver behind winner Jonathan Mills of Bowmanville. Gloucester's Kyle Ring was the bronze medallist.


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