A Richmond figure skating club is sending a huge team to next week’s BC & Yukon Provincial Championships in Parksville.
The Connaught skaters will have around 52 competitors across various age groups and categories, accompanied by a six-strong coaching team.
The will be among dozens of athletes travelling from all across the province to the Island for the event which runs No. 10 to 14.
At stake are a number of provincial titles and qualification spots for the upcoming Skate Canada Challenge event in Regina, Sask.
This event will be judged live, in person, the first of its nature since February 2020.
One of the Connaught stars, nine-year-old Jaslynn Wong, who will compete in the juvenile ladies section, said told the Richmond News that she was “feeling pretty good” about next week’s competition.
“I am really excited for the chance to perform my solo in front of a live judging panel."
While 10-year-old Carson Chow, who is in the juvenile men category, was also excited about performing live, adding that “it will feel really great to do a clean solo for everyone watching."
Two other Connaught members heading to the Island - Tehryn Lee, 13, in the novice men section, and Rebecca Mah, 15, in the junior ladies – said they were very eager to compete with some of the best skaters in the province and in front of live judges, as opposed to via video since the pandemic kicked off.