(January 14, 2010) – Wednesday was an exciting day at the Western Fair Sports Centre as four national novice titles were handed out. It was a day of great skates and close calls as many of the top-three placements finished just decimal points away from each other.

The novice free dance started off the day. It was a close competition as the two top teams were separated by less than half a point. In the end it was Kelly Oliveira and Jordan Hockley of Central Ontario who held on to their short program lead to secure the title of Canadian Novice Ice Dance Champions. They finished with 89.31 points. Edrea Khong and Edbert Khong moved up from fourth to win the silver medal with 88.84 points and joined their Central Ontario teammates on the podium. Quebec skaters Victoria Hasegawa and Connor Hasegawa fell to third to finish with a total of 85.32 points.

The novice men took to the ice next. Jordan Ju from the British Columbia/Yukon section won both the short and free program to become the Canadian Novice Men’s Champion with a total of 117.35 points. Samuel Angers from the Quebec section was the breakout performance in the free program. Angers jumped from ninth after the short to win silver after an outstanding free program to end with 99.38 points. Peter O’Brien from Eastern Ontario dropped a spot to claim the bronze with a total of 98.60 points.

The novice pair teams glided onto the ice after lunch. Capturing the title of Canadian Novice Pair Champions were Krystel Desjardins and Charlie Bilodeau of Quebec. The Quebec skaters moved up a spot from the short program to finish with 102.87 points. Alexandra Young and Matthew Young from Newfoundland won the silver with 102.68 points and Western Ontario skaters Shalena Rau and Phelan Simpson finished in third with 98.80 points.

Junior ice dance was next up with their original dance. Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam from Central Ontario moved into first place after the original dance for a total of 89.68 points. Central Ontario teammates Olivia Martins and Alvin Chau moved to second with 78.16 points and Western Ontario ice dancers Abby Carswell and Andrew Dolman landed in third 72.84. The junior ice dance concludes tomorrow with the free dance.

Central Ontario’s Kimberly Moon-Chong was awarded the title Canadian Novice Women’s Champion. She was able to hold onto her win after the short program to finish with a total of 102.88 points. Alberta/Northwest Territory/Nunavut skater Natasha Purich won the silver with 97.30 points and section teammate Jane Gray moved up from the short after winning the free to land on the podium with the bronze.  Her overall score was 93.72.

The junior ladies ended the night. Kitty Qian from the British Columbia/Yukon section took the lead in the women’s singles event with 47.02 points after the short. Quebec skater Alana Tidy trailed in second with 43.22 points and Quebec teammate Roxanne Rheault followed in third with 42.90 points.

At the John Labatt Centre there were some very excited fans. Skate Canada invited thousands of school children to come watch the closed practices. The kids got an education on figure skating and also got to see 2009 Champion Patrick Chan.

Thursday all of the junior events will conclude at Western Fair Sports Centre and the senior ice dance with begin at the John Labatt Centre with the compulsory dance.
Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at www.johnlabattcentre.com, by phone at 1.866.455.2849 or in person at the Western Fair Sports Centre.

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