The Juan De Fuca Skating Club was in fine form this past weekend as it snagged both a gold and silver win at the Mountain Regional Synchronized Skating Competition.
The club’s youth team came out ahead, capturing the audience with their intricate skating performance.
Their club managed to beat out others from across B.C. and Alberta and secure not only a gold medal in the youth “Star III” category, but also had their adult team pull through a second-place silver in the “Adult III” event.
“The skaters on the youth team were super excited as this was their first synchro competition. And for some, it was their first skating competition ever,” Deanna Young, their synchro coach, said in an email.
A lot of work went into the routine, with preparation on their choreography stretching back to September, Young writes.
“The adult team was also excited and maybe a bit shocked for their second place win,” Young added. “Both teams have practiced so hard this season, so well deserved for all skaters.”
The synchronized routines, or “synchros” for short, involve the teams hitting the ice and performing a short piece of precision skating (as it once was known) over a bed of music.
The Juan de Fuca skating club was first established back in 1972, with the synchro team having been a part of the group for over 40 years.
There are a few other skating clubs on the island, but the two local groups represent the only skating teams across the entire Island to perform at this event.
Preparation is underway for their next event, an exhibition that’ll showcase their hard work from the past year.
The next competition they hope to participate in will be at the Vancouver Island Regional Championships ,which starts on Feb. 3.
Those interested in checking out the club can visit their website here.