Josh Tulk, 14, a member of the Silver Blades Skating Club won the gold medal in the Pre-Juvenile Men Under 14 division at the 2014 World’s Finest Chocolate Skate Atlantica at the East Hants Sportsplex in Halifax over the weekend.
— Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
Josh Tulk has come a long way in the skating world and he has the gold medal to prove it.
The 14-year-old member of the Silver Blades Skating Club in Corner Brook won the gold medal in the Pre-Juvenile Men’s division at the 2014 World’s Finest Chocolate Skate Atlantica at the East Hants Sportsplex in Halifax over the weekend.
“I was amazed. I was really surprised considering that I know how much more training can be put in over in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick than here,” Tulk said of his gold medal in a category with five other hopefuls in Atlantic Canada.
Tulk was flawless in earning 18.92 points to nab the gold medal, while Newfoundland and Labrador’s Ethan Parsons won silver with 18.08 points and Nova Scotia’s Dawson Munro claimed bronze with 17.20 points.
It was a great finish to a season where he feels he worked hard hitting the ice four days per week, but had some challenges in the early going of the season so he was pleased to see it all pay huge dividends.
“It was a bit shaky at the start, but I trained myself and I pushed myself harder than probably previous seasons. I really pushed it to get there,” he said.
He doesn’t think he could have had a better skate so he knows he put it all on the line.
“I think it was the best skate this season and my coach said the same exact thing,” he said. “It was a personal best score of 18.92 and a couple of the judges who judged my skate actually came up to me after and said they had really enjoyed my program.”
Tulk, who applauded the efforts of coaches Lisa Young and Mark Scott for encouraging him along the way, has been skating since he was three years old. He won a medal or two in his day, but on most occasions he found himself up against a single skater
or nobody at all.
Being on the top of the podium in a bigger and stronger field of athletes has him beaming with confidence and who could blame him.
“There’s more competitors. You’re not guaranteed to win a medal like if it was just myself or me and a couple of other skaters,” he said.
The son of Paul and Jane Tulk dabbles in volleyball as a member of the Pasadena Academy Grade 9 team but, even as the lone competitive male skater with Silver Blades, he’s eager to forge ahead and see where the sport takes him. He’s really enjoyed the circle of friends he surrounds himself with at the rink and appreciates the supportive environment skaters find themselves in around the province.
“I just want to thank my coaches and my parents for keeping me in skating,” he said.
Caylie-Rose Blake of Silver Blades Skating Club captured gold in the Juvenile Women (Under 11) division, while fellow Silver Blades star Emily Park snagged a silver medal for a stellar performance in the Gold Women bracket that featured nine other skaters from across the Atlantic provinces.
Other Silver Blades skaters who participated in Skate Atlantica included Hailey Martin (16th in Skills, Tests, Achievements and Results Star5), Danielle Sceviour (11th Juvenile Women Under-14), Kennedi Boland (14th Juvenile Women Under-14), Morgan Bennett (5th Pre-Juvenile Women (Under-11), Tori Gosse (8th Pre-Juvenile Women Under-11), Bethany Whelan (5th Pre-Novice Women) and Leah Whitten (9th Pre-Novice Women).
Holly Fitzpatrick of the Deer Lake SC finished in sixth spot in a field of 21 skaters in the Skills, Tests, Achievements and Results 5 (Star5) division, while clubmate Emily Goobie — in her debut at Skate Atlantica — placed ninth in the same category.