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Carberry hosts Synchro Championships

posted Jan 25, 2016, 8:51 AM by Kathy Carr

The Carberry Figure Skating Club was proud to host the provincial competition on January 16. It was a successful event and our home teams had a terrific showing. 18 teams with over 190 skaters filled the Community Centre Saturday afternoon.

For the Club’s Beginner 1 team of Isabella Pearce, Kally Baron, Chloe Kneeshaw, Alyssa Bobier, Jayva Gaudet, Bailee Prodruski, Ella Baker, Kaiden Anderson, and Hannah Polasek it was their first time competing in Synchronized Skating. Chloe Kneeshaw: “My favourite part was the opening ceremonies because I got to carry the banner.”
Teammate Hannah Polasek: “I like the intersection. It’s the hard part because you have to remember who you have to pass through. Me and Chloe burst into laughter and that makes us smile even bigger.” The team, coached by Amy Jackson earned a bronze medal for their performance.
The Adult II category also featured a team from Carberry. Skating this year was Tressa Carritt, Kaila-Jain Oliver, Sarah Graham, Jillian Gaudet, Carla Dawn Smith, Heather Baron, Tanya Polasek, Regan Manns, Ang Manns, Kim Adriaansen, Sherrill Creasy, and Teanna Olmstead. “Skating on home ice was comforting… your own rink, your own environment,” said Sarah Graham after the team’s top performance of the season with a score of 28.2.
When asked why she decided to get back into the sport after several years away from competitive skating, Jillian Gaudet said, “I like to lead by example by participating in sport as an adult for the children in the community.”
Former Carberry FSC member and now skating with the Gold medalist team from the University of Manitoba Ice Intrepid, Teal Adriaansen said, “I love performing in front of my town. The crowd was awesome!”
The Club’s final team to skate was in the Pre-Novice Category. Coached by Meghan Sprung, the team includes Ashley Malfait, Genaya Sinclair, Payton Dickson, Shae-Lynne McKinstry, Bryanna Manns, Kelsey Ellis, Eric McRae, Manon Ketsman, Aleigh Senchuk, and Rebecca Wilcox. 
Bryanna Manns said  “Some of us felt very unprepared going into our program today, but when we stepped onto home ice we gave it our best, had lots of fun, and came out on top!”  The team scored a 26.55 which put them ahead of teams from Morden, Virden, Morris, and Killarney.
Event Chair Kim Baron:  “It was a very successful day and we are fortunate to have the support of the entire club and other community members who volunteered countless hours to put on a spectacular event. Thank you to our many community sponsors for their generous donations and for all of the fans who came out to support our skaters.”
by Tanya Polasek