Members of the Port McNeill Figure Skating Club recently competed in the Vancouver Island Championships. Front row: Lexie Murgatroyd

Members of the Port McNeill Figure Skating Club recently competed in the Vancouver Island Championships. Front row: Lexie Murgatroyd

Figure skaters medal in Island competition

Jardine, Murgatroyd bring home silver medals from championships in Port Alberni

Brenna Jardine of Port Hardy and Darian Murgatroyd of Port McNeill collected silver medals to highlight a strong showing by the Port McNeill Figure Skating Club in the recent Vancouver Island Regional Figure Skating Championships in Port Alberni.

Murgatroyd placed second in the Preliminary women’s free skate, and Jardine placed second in Performance group 2.

Bronze-medal winners included Lexie Murgatroyd in Pre-preliminary free skate, Alyssa Busch of Port Hardy in the Junior Silver women’s free skate, and Natasha Grafton in Performance group 4.

Fourth-place showings were posted by Karlie Shambrook in the Preliminary women’s free skate, and by Whitney Murgatroyd in the Junior Bronze women’s free skate.

Tyanna Laming placed fifth in the Pre-preliminary women’s free skate; Kierra Shambrook was eighth in the same event, and Carley Bobb placed 11th in the Junior Bronze free skate.

The club also announced three skaters successfully completed their gold-level requirements in testing this year. Mikayla Walton earned gold status in dance, and Sidney Hamilton and Kaitlyn Lasota reached gold in skills.

The club will host its annual Skate-a-thon Friday, Dec. 2, and its next competition will be the annual Lynn Hetherington Memorial in Nanaimo Jan. 27-29.

That will be followed by the club’s bi-annual Ice Carnival, Under the Big Top, scheduled for Feb. 24-25 at Chilton Regional Arena in Port McNeill.