Port McNeill Figure Skating Club competitors at the recent Island Championships. Front: Cole Klughart

Port McNeill Figure Skating Club competitors at the recent Island Championships. Front: Cole Klughart

Skaters score big at Islands

Local figure skaters in strong showing at Vancouver Island Region Figure Skating Championships in Victoria.

Alyssa Busch of Port Hardy won gold in the Junior Silver Women’s freeskate and nine more members of the Port McNeill Figure Skating Club earned medals at the recent Vancouver Island Region Figure Skating Championships in Victoria.

Whitney Murgatroyd earned silver in the girls 13-over free skate and cousin Darian Murgatroyd claimed bronze in the same event.

Additional silver medals were won by Lexie Murgatroyd, Rebecca Griffith, Natasha Grafton and siblings Carly and Cole Klughart.

Bronze medals were claimed by Nicole Wigard and Tyanna Laming.

In addition, Karlie Shambrook placed seventh in the 13-over girls free skate and sister Kierra Shambrook placed 14th.

Both Shambrooks have qualified to join Busch in the 2013 B.C. Star Skate provincial championships, Mar. 8-10 in Kelowna. Busch will also compete as part of the Vancouver Island Zone team, which won last year’s team competition.

Port McNeill Figure Skating Club coach Elizabeth Kines reminds interested skaters and their families to look for the annual summer Canskate program, coming up in July. Registration will open in June at a date to be announced. Kines said plans have already begun for the club’s bi-annual Skate Carnival, which will be held in March of 2014.