The Kitchener Waterloo Skating Club had a successful weekend at the 2018 Ontario Winter Games taking home seven out of a possible twenty-one medals. The figure skating event took place at Rotary Place Arena in Orilla from March 2-4, 2018.
"The Ontario Winter Games were a wonderful experience for spectators and athletes alike. The town of Orillia was very welcoming. There were banners and messages to the athletes posted in many places around town. The opening ceremonies were a very special event with an athlete march, indigenous drumming, live music and an extensive fireworks show " said Michelle Brawley, parent of KWSC pair skater.
With the Novice Pair Short Program on the Friday morning, KWSC skaters, Ripley/Brawley and Wilberforce/Wright started off strong taking the top two spots. They finished the competition on Saturday, where they secured gold (Ripley/Brawley) and silver (Wilberforce/Wright).
In Novice Dance, Strachan/Zhu took home the gold with 83.7 points, followed by LeDonne/Smal who received silver with 82.6 points.
Other medals included gold in Pre-Novice Dance, where Embro/Millar enhanced their reign as Pre-Novice Ice Dance Champions of Canada. Brown/Dotzert of KWSC placed seventh.
On Saturday evening, the Pre-Novice Men added two more medals to KWSC’s collection; with silver awarded to Millar and Bronz to Zhu.
The skating component of the games wrapped up with a lovely on ice medal ceremony.
KWSC Executive Director, Marie Pringle, would like to give 'a hearty congratulation to all the athletes who competed in the Ontario Winter Games, and would like to thank all KWSC skaters for their continued hard work, dedication and enthusiasm'.