The Copper Cliff Skating Club contingent have just returned from the annual “Santa Skate” competition in Port Carling, boasting no less than nine separate athletes who managed to crack the podium.
The group featured four gold medal winners in individual events: Chelsea Chateauvert (pre-introductory interpretive), Alexis Leblond (bronze interpretive), Kayla Chateauvert (pre-introductory interpretive) and Alex Lebel (silver interpretive), as well as four members of gold medal winning teams: Emma Chateauvert, Beth Jewitt, Lacey Mackinnon and Jennifer Dempsey.
Silver medal winners (individual) included Tiana St Amour Poitras (introductory interpretive), as well as Dempsey, Jewitt, MacKinnon and Emma Chateauvert, all in pre-introductory interpretive, with Dempsey also collecting a bronze in Star 4 (under 10) solo.
Chelsea Chateauvert added a pair of silver medals with teams to her collection, with Kayla Chateauvert, Beth Jewitt, Leblond and Lebel also finishing second in teams.
Capturing a silver medal in the Star 4 (under 10) grouping at both “Skokie Skate” (in October) and “Santa Skate”, as well as a first place finish at “Sectionals”, nine year old Beth Jewitt realizes there is a point, in her routine, when things are going well.
“I feel after I do my spiral sequence, and I do my flip jump, and all those are good, I feel like I’m in a comfortable spot and can make it past the other jumps and obstacles,” explained Jewitt.
Looking forward to the 2016 portion of her schedule, which features the Rainbow Interclub event being hosted by the Copper Cliff Skating Club, part and parcel of the 80th anniversary of the CCSC, Jewitt provided this all-encompassing assessment of her first few competitions of the year.
“I skated better at Sectionals than at Skokie,” she said. “I had my height on my jumps, and my arms were in on my spins. We’ve worked on making sure I am up on my toe and not on my heel on my flip.”
As for the favourite part of her routine, the talkative youngster favours her spins to her jumps, most notably the back spin. “I kind of like the breeze through my air.”