Silver Blades skaters share limelight with silverware at provincial championships

Dave Kearsey
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Emily Park feels she didn’t put in the kind of training she needed and she avoided an embarrassing moment in one of her performances, but she still found her way onto the podium on two occasions.

Park, a 16-year-old member of the Silver Blades SC in Corner Brook, captured a bronze medal in Gold Women (Interpretive) and a silver in Gold Women at the 2014 Chatman’s Baker World’s Finest Chocolates provincial skating championships held at the Pepsi Centre over the weekend.

Park’s bronze-medal performance proved to be a little hard on her nerves as she had to deal with a wardrobe malfunction, but she literally held it all together to earn a trip to the podium.

“The clip on my dress kept coming undone and I had to keep putting it back,” she said with a hearty chuckle before saying it could have been worse.

Managing a silver in her other skate was comforting for her because she knows she didn’t have the kind of skate she expected going into the event.

“I didn’t skate my personal best, but I think I did pretty good this weekend,” she said. “I don’t think I trained as hard as I could have, but I still managed to pull it together for the competition.”

Being able to skate in front of family and friends, including her 12-year-old sibling Olivia Park who shared the spotlight with a silver medal, was also something that made it a pretty darn good weekend for her.

“It was really comforting to be in my own rink,” she said. “It was a lot more relaxed because I know the ice and I skate on it every day.”

Her silver-medal performance qualifies her for Skate Atlantica in Halifax in March so she plans on putting in a better effort towards training for that particular showcase of skating talent in the Atlantic provinces.

Meanwhile, her sister, Olivia, seems to be one of the rising stars in the local club after nabbing silver among 11 competitors in the Pre-Juvenile Women (Under 14) division.

Silver Blades skater Amber Murrin shared the limelight with a bronze medal in the Junior Silver Women division at the Pepsi Centre.

“It wasn’t my best performance, but I was proud of it,” Murrin said. “My goal was to get to Atlantics and to do that I had to get sixth place or higher. So I was proud to get a medal, even though it wasn’t my best, but I guess I’ll have to do better at Atlantics.”

She knows the area where she will have to make strides if she wants to claim a medal of a different colour in the future.

“For my skate I messed up a jump called the double sal cow and that cost me a spot on the top of the podium so I’ll have to work on that,” she said.

Beth Whalen collected a silver medal for Silver Blades in the Pre-Novice Women bracket so being able to deliver a personal best was reason enough for her to be content with how things unfolded.

“I was happy with my skate and I felt really relieved that I did good because I trained hard for it,” she said. “I was just kind of hoping for the best. I wanted to do my personal best, which I did so that was good.”

Morgan Bennett claimed gold for the Silver Blades in the Pre-Juvenile Women (Under 11) division, while fellow skater Tori Gosse secured the silver medal.

Caylie-Rose Blake earned gold for the host club in the Juvenile Women (Under 11) group, while Joshua Tulk nabbed gold in Pre-Juvenile Men (Under 14) and Luke Bennett claimed bronze in the STAR4 Boys (Under 19) category.

Carley Bennett of Deer Lake had one of the most impressive showings from the local skating community, capturing  gold against a field of 17 skaters in the STAR4 Girls (Under 13) group.

For complete results from the provincial skating championships see today’s Scoreboard on page 14 of The Western Star.

Organizations: Pepsi Centre, Pre-Juvenile Women, Junior Silver Women division STAR4 Boys

Geographic location: Emily Park, Corner Brook, Olivia Park Halifax Deer Lake Western Star

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