It's a competition within a competition that will determine if Mitchell Gordon will be handed a plane ticket to Italy at the conclusion of this weekend's Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships in Mississagua.
Five members of the Connaught Skating Club are heading to next week's Skate Canada Challenge in Regina and leaving behind plenty of hardware.
Mitchell Gordon is seeing the world and making steady progress in the senior men's ranks as well.
The medals and accomplishments are piling up but it's at the grassroots level where the progress being made by the Connaught Skating Club can really be measured.
Instead of being at the beach or camping, a group of athletes from the Connaught Skating Club have been busy indoors this summer preparing for a competition in sunny California.
Golden performances by Emily Bator and Ellen Shin highlighted the Maple Ridge Skating Club's showing at the provincial Starskate Championships in Surrey, March 23-24.
At just 15, Mitchell Gordon has arrived on figure skating's biggest stage.
A trio of Connaught Skating Club members performed well at the recent 2012 Skate Canada Challenge in Regina.
Typically he would be gearing up for regionals, looking to qualify for the B.C./Yukon Sectionals and potentially on his way back to nationals.