Former Saint-Lazare skater earns Canadian gold
Thirteen year old Bennet Toman, whose home club is Vaudreuil figure skating club, will compete at the CanadaWinter Games in Halifax after being crowned the Canadian Pre-Novice Champion earlier thismonth.
Toman, a former Saint-Lazare resident who moved to theWest Island to focus on his training, was crowned champion at the pre-novice level when he took gold with 92.69 points during the 2011 BMO Skate Canada Western Challenge, 2011 BMO Skate Canada Eastern Challenge and the 2011 BMO Skate Canada Senior Challenge, held the first weekend of December at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.
Toman was followed by Quebec teammates Mathieu Ostiguy, who earned 86.18 points and Nicolas Nadeau with 83.16 points.
Skate Canada reports that some 500 skaters competed to earn spots at the 2011 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships and the 2011 BMO Skate Canada Junior Nationals.
Due to Skate Canada changes, Toman will go right onto the Canada Winter Games being held in Halifax on February 21 and 23. He will compete with a short program, as well as a long program.
Toman's mother, Natalie Toman, an events coordinator for the Hudson Parks and Recreation Department, said this will be the first time her young son will travel without his family in order to compete.
"It's a little nerve-wracking but we're going to be cheering him on every step of the way," Toman said, adding, "He'll travel with the team on a chartered plane and he'll sleep in the athlete's village, but he can spend all of his time during the games with his family."
Toman and his older sister, Emma, are both figure skaters in the Sport Études program at John Rennie High School.