Figure Skating Competitions
Did you know?
Many of our skaters in the Winter Session are preparing for Eastern Divisionals on January 20-21st in Harbour Grace.
The results at Divisionals will decide which skaters will get to compete for their communities at the upcoming 2018 Newfoundland & Labrador Winter Games and for their club at the upcoming NL Provincials in Mount Pearl (Feb 16-18).
Both our Competitive and non-competitive skaters (STAR 4+) can compete at Divisionals. Although some of the categories are byed through to provincials, many of the categories are not and a skater must place in the top 8 at Divisionals to compete at Provincials. At Provincials, our eligible skaters will compete against all the qualified skaters from the Eastern, Western & Labrador Divisionals.
For those who place top 6 at Provincials (STAR 5+), they will then have the opportunity to go to the Atlantic Championships in Halifax from April 6-8 to compete against skaters from the 4 Atlantic Provinces.
The Winter session is the main competitive season
for many of our Figure Skaters
Who will represent my town at the NL Winter Games?
Every four years, Newfoundland and Labrador host the NL Winter Games. In 2018 this will be held in Deer Lake.
Most competitors are selected from the Divisionals competition results. A town’s zone can select up to 12 skaters between the ages of 11 and 18 years old. Competitors are chosen for 11 different categories (Pre-Juv to Novice, Star 5, 6, 8, 10 & Men). If a team cannot field a skater for each category then they can choose a second skater per category.
CBS is in the Avalon Region and will chose skaters from CBS, CBN, the Trinity Shore, Whitbourne, Long Harbour, Placentia, Cape Shore & St. Mary’s Bay based on the Eastern Divisionals results.
What about Canadians?
Many people ask how do skaters get to compete at Canadian Nationals (held in Vancouver this year). This is a different competition route that starts in the Fall for our Competitive skaters.
In November they compete in the NL Sectionals. The top 3 qualifying skaters (Pre-Novice +) from NL Sectionals get to compete at Skate Canada Challenge (held this year in Montreal in December). The top results at Challenge and those skaters that have received a bye (due to international competition results) get an invite to compete at Canadians.
Who was our most successful NL to compete at Canadians
Everyone knows that Kaetlyn Osmond has done very well at Canadians in the Senior Womens Category, but actually she now competes for the Alberta Section at Canadians.
Joey Russell from Labrador is actually our most successful NL entrant, placing 1st in Juniors and 3rd at Canadians in the Senior men category.
Our own coach Matt Power with his partner Robyn-lynn McGrath were Pre-Novice pair Canadian Champions and our former coach Matt Young placed 6th at Junior pair Nationals.