Season ends for Neepawa Figure Skating Club


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The Neepawa Figure Skating Club had a very successful finish to the season with great showings at the last two competitions, as well as a fantastic ice show.

On Mar. 21 the three synchro teams competed at the 2015 Crocus Invitational Synchronized Skating Competition in Stonewall.  The “Mini Ice Prec*Ice” team, consisting of Allison Beaumont, Ashley Bray, Zyrakate Bulusan, Ivory Gerring, Taylor Jakubowski, Ashley Laus, Alyssa Nadeau, Ashley Nadeau,  Claire Nicholson, Lena Stadnyk, Makenna Sumner, Sarah Thomson, Sobi Walker and Dimitri Smith, won silver in the Beginner One event. 

The middle team competed in the Beginner Two event and came home with a Bronze medal.  That team consists of Kiana Gunnarson-Epp, Ida Holm, Katya Ivanets, Khrystyna Polyniak, Brooklyn Roe, Claire Scheper, Cordelia Smith, Amber Wahoski, and Kyla Wahoski.  “Ice Prec*Ice”, our elementary team, also had a great skate and came home with the bronze medal in their event. 

“Ice Prec*Ice” consists of Jenna Beaumont, Brooklyn Chartrand, Lara Denbow, Kara Ellis, Karissa Ellis, Cecilie Holm, Allie Jakubowski, Hayley Lindsay, Simone Levasseur and Claire Tomoniko. All three of the synchro teams are coached by Cynthia Chartrand and assisted by Kim Smith and Kelsey Ellis. Also competing in that competition were Neepawa’s Samantha Salmon, Emma Salmon and Kelsey Ellis.  These three girls skate on Carberry’s Pre-Novice synchro team. This team skated to a silver medal. 

NFSC also had a strong showing at the final singles competition of the season the weekend of Mar. 27-29 in Stony Mountain.  Kiera Major earned a bronze ribbon in the Star One category. Cordelia Smith earned a silver ribbon, Jenna Beaumont earned a bronze ribbon and Hayley Lindsay earned a bronze ribbon all in the Star Three category. 

In the Star Four under 13 category, Karissa Ellis won a silver medal while Brooklyn Chartrand won a bronze in the Star Five under 13 category. Neepawa was well represented on the podium for the Star Five over 13 event where Emma Salmon won gold and Kara Ellis won bronze. Hayley Lindsay also competed in the Star Improv event where she received a bronze ribbon. 

In the Pre-Introductory Interpretive Event Flight B, Jenna Beaumont won a bronze medal with Karissa Ellis placing fourth.  In Flight D of the same category Brooklyn Chartrand won gold while Hayley Lindsay had a personal best skate.  In the Silver Interpretive event, Neepawa came out on top with Samantha Salmon winning the gold medal and Emma Salmon winning the silver medal.  Kelsey Ellis and Bethany Bertholet also skated personal best skates in the same category. All these girls are coached by Cynthia Chartrand, Donalda Naismith and Kim Smith. 

On Mar. 22, the club presented “Skating around the World” for its annual March ice show. From the little CanSkaters skating to songs from Australia, to the Rising Star group skating to “One Direction” from England to Sara Salmon’s very first solo all fans there were treated to many great skating moments during the night. 

The Senior skaters enjoyed a ‘Canadian” theme while a fan favourite was definitely Amy Todoruk and the Junior skaters performing to songs from Germany in their tutus.  

In between these group performances there were many solos by the StarSkaters as well as our three synchro teams and two guest synchro teams from Carberry. 

At the conclusion of the event, a few awards were presented.  CanSkater of the Year was presented to Zyrakate Bulusan and the CanSkate Champions were presented to Olivia Koscielny and Katie Mitchler. Heather Todoruk was presented flowers from the skating board on behalf of her many years of volunteer involvement with the club. Lastly, a special presentation was made to Amy Todoruk who is graduating this year.  She was presented flowers for her dedication to skating throughout her many years of being involved with the club. NFSC wishes Amy the best of luck in her future endeavours. See you next year.