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Connaught skaters open competitive season around the world

Richmond club has skaters representing countries at events in Europe and North America
Connaught Skating's David Li and Maho Harada represented Canada for the first time in their young careers at last month's North American Cup in Edmonton.

It’s a busy start to the competitive season around the world for Connaught Skating.

A number of skaters from the Richmond club have been busy represented their countries at events in Europe and North America. More are still to come.

Novice skaters Maho Harada and David Li made their international debuts at the North America Cup in Edmonton last month. Both were coming off outstanding Pre-Novice seasons and earned the assignments after being evaluated by Skate Canada officials.

“Last year it was a thrill for them to be on Team B.C. and here they are a year later skating for their country,” said Connaught Director of Programs Keegan Murphy. “They have not only gone up to Novice but directly to the top tier of skaters in the country. Getting that assignment was huge in itself.”

Harada finished 12th overall and the 14-year-old certainly soaked in the experience.

“It was very exciting. I was pretty nervous but it was fun too just knowing you were there to represent Canada,” she said.

Meanwhile, Micah Lynette recently returned from France where he earned a top 10 finish in a ISU Junior Grand Prix event while representing Thailand.

Another Washington State skater now training with the club — Liam Kapeikis — represented the United States at the 2019 Riga Cup in Latvia.

Murphy will be heading to Budapest next month where Wesley Chiu will be skating for the first time internationally at the junior men’s level at the ISU Halloween Cup. Chiu decorated 2018-19 season included winning the national men’s novice title. 

Closer to home, the rest of the club’s competitive program is gearing up for the Autumn Leaves Super Series, slated for next month in Chilliwack.