Golden day for the Timmins skater

Emily Sinclair, a member of the Timmins Porcupine Figure Skating Club, recently passed her Gold Artistic Exam on March Assessment Day in Timmins.

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Emily Sinclair, a member of the Timmins Porcupine Figure Skating Club, recently passed her Gold Artistic Exam on March Assessment Day in Timmins.

Following the protocols from Skate Canada, Skate Ontario and the City of Timmins for COVID-19, the club was able to organize an evaluation day for its skaters in March.

The Skate Canada assessor was from the Porcupine Health Unit area.

To reach the gold level, the skater must complete four different stages depending on the quality of their skating skills (edges and power), the difficulty and variety of transitions from one movement to another, the level of performance and interpretation of music.

These components are included in a program and performed in front of a Skate Canada evaluator and the skater must receive one or more silver medals for each component.

Sinclair was also successful in imparting his Star 8 and Star 9 skating skills, as well as his Star 8a (Killian) dance.

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It was her last dance on the Star 8 Dance stage.

The club will be saying goodbye to two very dedicated skaters, said Shelley McGee, one of the professional coaches with the local Skate Canada club.

Sinclair will graduate from Timmins High & Vocational School to pursue post-secondary engineering studies, while Valerie Faucher will graduate from École secondaire catholique Thériault to pursue post-secondary studies in nursing.

“The passion of both skaters for the love of the sport along with their positive attitude, hard work ethic and help with the CanSkate program will be missed,” said McGee.

Nadia Riopel, another Skate Canada professional coach, added: “Both girls were positive role models for the younger skaters.

Unfortunately, like all other activities, the year ended early due to the COVID-19 pandemic canceling the final assessment day at the end of April.

McGee said, “The skaters have been very fortunate to be able to skate this year and achieve many goals.”

“The coaches are very proud of the accomplishments of the skaters this year.

Riopel added: “It was a very different year for everyone involved, but the club and coaches were happy to see the skaters on the ice enjoying the sport of figure skating.

Here are the other StarSkaters who passed the tests in the second half of the season:

• Alicia Gallagher – Star Skating Skills 7, Star Dance 6b (European Waltz), Star 4 Free Skating Program;

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• Carine Plourde – Star Skating Skills 6, Star Dance 6a (Ten Fox), Star Dance 6b (European Waltz), Star 4 Free Skating Program;

• Chantal Kukulka – Star Skating Skills 7, Star Dance 7a (Keats Foxtrot);

• Cheyenne Crowell – Skating Skills Star 7, Star 7a Dance (Keats Foxtrot);

• Isabella Bai – Star Skating Skills 2, Star Skating Skills 3, Star Dance Elements 3b, Star Dance 4a (swing), Star Dance 4b (Fiesta);

• Kaitlyn Skinner – Star 2 Free Skate Program, Star 2 Free Skate Elements, Star 3 Free Skate Program, Star 3 Free Skate Elements, Star 4b Dance (Fiesta), Star 5a Dance (Willow);

• Loic Plourde – Star 2a Dance (Dutch waltz), Star 2b Dance (Canasta Tango), Star 2 Skating Skills;

• Nicole Kukulka – 7 Star Skating Skills.

The Timmins Porcupine Figure Skating Club would like to take this opportunity to thank the Timmins Charitable Gaming Association and Jackpot City Timmins for their continued financial support of our programs.

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