Racquet Club skaters seek Skate Canada qualifying spot in Montreal

Six members of the Racquet Club of Victoria figure skating club are in Montreal this weekend (Dec. 5 to 7) for the Skate Canada Challenge

Six members of the Racquet Club of Victoria figure skating club are in Montreal this weekend (Dec. 5 to 7) for the Skate Canada Challenge competition.

Novice pairs Tessa Jones and Matthew den Boer, and Sarah Kedves and Lucas Pallard, and novice ice dance team Ravie Cunningham and Cedar Bridgewood are each hoping to qualify for a spot at the Skate Canada Nationals in Kingston, Ont., in January.

All three teams competed last year at the Skate Canada Pre Novice Nationals Competition in Regina, Sask., so this is not their first foray at a national event, said  director of skating Deena Beacom, who’ll travel to Montreal with the athletes.

“The skaters work everyday, sometimes twice a day, with only one day of rest a week,” Beacom said. “They are all very focused and have their goals set.”

“Training has its ups and downs, but these skaters have the determination to weather any storm that comes their way,” said club coach Matt Willis.

Beacom and Willis just returned from the Vancouver Island Interclub competition in Port Alberni, where the Racquet Club brought home the team trophy for most overall points achieved on the Island.

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