A busy start to the competitive season has Connaught Skating Club members competing around the world.
Mitchell Gordon continues to represent Canada at international competitions, recently returning from the ISU Junior Grand Prix Czech Skate in Ostrava where the 2012 Canadian Junior Men's champion finished 11th overall. Meanwhile, 2013 Junior Women's champion Larykn Austman was at another ISU Junior Grand Prix event, this time the Tallinn Cup in Estonia, where she turned in a solid eighth overall finish.
Closer to home, Connaught sent six skaters to the SaskSkate Competition in Regina. Leading the way was a silver medal finish for Phoebe Yan in the Pre-Juvenile U11 Ladies division. Teammate Haleigha Bull almost joined her on the podium, settling for fourth place. Monsie Godlinez also returned home with a medal, winning bronze in Pre-Juvenile U14 Ladies. Mary-Jo Yun was right behind her in fourth.
In Juvenile U14 Men, Martin Yushko skated to a solid fourth place finish, while Danielle Gordon continued her impressive progress with a fifth place showing in Novice Ladies.
At the Northwest Pacific Regionals in Tacoma, WA, Micha Lynette made the most of his trip down south with a silver medal finish thanks to a strong free skate program.
The club also sent a large contingent to the annual Autumn Leaves competition in Chilliwack.
Kurtis Schreiver led the way by winning the Novice Men's event, while Shawn Cuevas was second in Junior Men. In Pre-Novice U14 Women, Danica Vangsgaard and Rachel De Mello finished fifth. Elvie Carroll was sixth, while Claudia Makhanko-Tang and Jessica Mchugh were seventh. Megan Kan was eighth.
The grassroots level included podium finishes for Jocelyn Chui (1st place, Start 5 Girls U10), Ronald Chang (2nd, Star 4 Boys), Phoebe Yan (2nd place, U11 Juvenile Women), Beres Clements (2nd, U14 Juvenile Men), and Wesley Chiu (3rd, Star 4 Boys).
Also performing well were Maria Mesotopitis, Ellie Cheung, Dorothy Yuen, Yijia Liu, Elizabeth Shepelev, YolandaZhang, Ariel Sheng, Silvia Li, Solana Wong, Roanna Lu, Nicole Gustavsson, Viktoria Tryfofonova, Isabella Jin, Vanessa Rong, Alexandra Kofler, Kailan, Sasha Lynette, Averyn Ngan, Samantha Yeung, Jamie Cheung, Avia Dobres, Emily Ni, Catherine Yuen, Daniel Han, Wilson Leung, Hayleigha Bull, Caitlin Tai, Madge Sheung, Katie Carleton, Mavis Sheung, Basil Wang and Martin Yushko.
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