Four members of the Duncan Skating Club recently passed their gold tests, doing them just in time before the ice rolled out of Cowichan Arena for the summer.
Peyton Kong passed the Gold Dances test, while Sophie Dawe, DelRae Olson, and Ryley MacDonald passed their Gold Artistic tests. Kong, Olson and MacDonald had already completed their gold skills test, making it their second gold medal.
âThese skaters have worked hard all season,â said Duncan Skating Club head coach Lorraine Francisty. âNot being able to skate for five months because of COVID and coming back with many restrictions. There were no test days because a judge could not attend, nor any competitions. “
In January, however, Skate Canada emailed member clubs to let them know they could apply for a virtual tryout day, and Francisty jumped at the chance for his skaters.
It took a while to confirm a date and the club’s skaters were running out of time with the ice coming out on April 4.
âWe got a note from Skate Canada two weeks before that we were approved and they would do a technical check a week before to make sure this all happened,â said Francisty.
The free skates judge was located in Vancouver and the dance and artistic components judge was in Ontario. Duncan’s skaters received a lot of feedback from both judges.
âIt takes many years to reach this level,â said Francisty. “Me and Dominic [Turgeon, team coach] are very proud of the hard work of these skaters to achieve this. Peyton, DelRae and Ryley will all be attending VIU in September in Nanaimo, so they won’t have as much time to devote to their skating.