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Nelson plays host to West Kootenay Regional Championships

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
January 30th, 2013

Charly Defouw has been has been pushing herself since September.

Extra lessons with Nelson Figure Skating Club coaching staff, working on choreography and timing, focusing on improving jumps. For the 12-year old veteran of the Nelson Figure Skating Club, competition season is the time when the long hours of training and repetition culminate in a two-minute performance.

It’s the thing skaters love and fear the most.

This year Defouw and her teammates have the advantage of skating before a home crowd as the NFSC hosts the West Kootenay Regional Competition this weekend February 1-3 at the NDCC Arena.

It’s the biggest showcase of figure skating to hit Nelson in years, and there will lots to take in and a number of local skaters participating.

Drawing on a catchment of skaters from Rossland to Fernie, the competition offers a full slate of categories from Elements to Pairs to Interpretive.

Action begins Friday afternoon with the Junior Silver and Gold Solo Dance event where skaters perform two set dances to music.

Defouw, who broke her thumb earlier in the month and has just recently returned to skating, will see action in the Junior Silver Dance event.

The Freeskate events run Friday as well, in which skaters have required elements they must incorporate into their choreography. 

Freeskate is divided into a number of categories with skates ranging in ages from eight to 15 years.

Nelson skaters, Angelica Ross and Tao Measure will see their first action of the weekend in their respective Star 3A Girls and Star 3B Boys categories.

The eveningwraps with the Introductory Pairs Exhibition, a category that allows skaters to perform lifts, jumps and throw jumps.

Local Skaters Aurora Pankoo-Dool, Tia Berrens, Lila Mckecknie, Helena Keating, Mallory Pinske, Leo Measures, Tao Measures, Shaen Panko-Dool, Breanna Tomlin and Isabella Kroker Kimber all see action throughout the day on Saturday in the Freeskate and Elements Categories.

NFSC member Christina Champlin, 15, who competes at the competitive level, will perform her Pre-Novice short program Saturday afternoon and her Pre- Novice long program Sunday morning.

For Champlin the season is just beginning and a strong performance at the Regionals will help her qualify to skate at the Sectional competition in November.

Sunday features The Interpretive Category always an audience favourite as it allows skaters to showcase the performance aspect of the sport.

Skaters choose any music they wish and develop choreography without having to worry about required elements.

Think of Kurt Browning skating to Singing in the Rain. Nelson’s Courtney Shrieves and Breanna Tomlin will represent the home club in the Pre-Introductory Interpretive and Introductory Interpretive categories respectively.

More than a competition, Regionals is an event. The host club changes every year giving a chance to welcome the region to their community. There are gift baskets to win medal presentations to take in and no shortage of great skating costumes.

Action begins Friday at 6 p.m. and continues through Sunday afternoon with the final medal presentations at 1 p.m..

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