A host of local skaters have qualified to compete at the upcoming Skate Canada Challenge skating competition in Regina, Dec. 6 to 8.
Two of the skaters are from the Saanich Skating Club, dance couple Ravie Ponn and Cedar Bridgewood, while six more train with the Racquet Club of Victoria Figure Skating Club.
Racquet Club’s Tessa Jones and Matthew den Boer qualified for the pre-novice pairs by winning both the short and long programs with personal best scores at the BC/YT Challenge last weekend.
Racquet Club’s Karlissa Lem has partnered with Le Vu of the Juan de Fuca Skating Club in pre-novice ice dance and won the pattern dance and free dance events at the BC/YT.
Part time Racquet Club skaters Sarah Kedves of Chemainus and Lucas Pallard of Nanaimo came second in the pre-novice pairs event to qualify Regina.
“This is a strong group of skaters who work hard and are dedicated to achieving their goals,” said Matt Willis, Racquet Club coach and director of junior development.
“I’m proud to take them to Regina.”