For­mer Saint-La­zare ska­ter earns Ca­na­dian gold

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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.

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