Skaters earn chance to take national test

ROB BRODIE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 5:42 PM ET

Figure skating's youngest stars in the capital region are ready to take it to the next level. Ottawa-area clubs are sending five skaters to the STARskate nationals March 26-27 in Charlottetown, and another 15 to the provincial championships March 19-20 in Kitchener. Those tickets were earned at last weekend's Eastern Ontario STARskate Invitational Championships in Nepean.

Gold medals were required in the categories that led to Charlottetown. Winners included: Helene Letourneau, bronze women's triathlon, Harmony Madill, gold women's triathlon, and Christopher Lee, gold men's triathlon, all of Gloucester; and Kathryn Leak, Nepean, and David Mackay-Perry, Minto, bronze dance biathlon.

The top three skaters in other events qualified for provincials. That group included eight from the Nepean Skating Club: Sophie Knippel, gold, senior silver women's free skate; Daphne Liu, gold, and Kristen Sokalski, silver, junior silver women's free; Sarah and Steven Clarke, gold, junior bronze dance; Ayrton Parkinson, gold, junior bronze men's free; Bianca Plastino, gold, senior bronze women's free, and Ryan Behnia, bronze, senior bronze men's free.

Advancing from the Minto Skating Club were Kristen Brazeau, gold, and Myriam Boneault, silver, pre-preliminary free skate, and Berlin Lafleche, bronze, junior bronze men's free. Also set to represent the area in Kitchener: William Pangborn and Kennedy Mason, bronze, preliminary dance, and Patrick Sachsalber, silver, preliminary men's free skate, all of Goulbourn; Tim Pham, gold, Glen Cairn, and Malcolm Jones, bronze, Gloucester, both pre-preliminary men's free.

STANDING TALL IN TEXAS: Six Ottawa Gymnastics Centre athletes contributed to strong performances by Ontario teams at the Kurt Thomas International invitational gymnastics meet last weekend in Frisco, Tex. Ontario placed second in Level 8, while OGC's Quyen Vuong took the individual all-around silver medal. Clubmates Shawnee Flagg and Lauren Ierullo were fifth and seventh overall, respectively. Ontario was tops in Level 9, with OGC's Amy White placing ninth overall. Ontario also won the Level 10/Elite category, with Zuyen Vuong of OGC winding up ninth all-around.

SCORPIONS STUNG: The St. Anthony's Scorpions didn't die easily in the Ontario Indoor Cup Under-17 boys' soccer final, played last weekend in Vaughan. St. Anthony's led the Etobicoke Energy twice before regulation play finished 2-2, sending the game to overtime. When that settled nothing, it was on to the dreaded penalty kicks, and it took 11 shots from each side before the Energy prevailed. Dhambir Jaswal and Sam McHugh had the Scorpions' goals in regulation.

rob.brodie@ott.sunpub.com


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