Ex­plo­sion

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL MACEACHERN dmaceach­ern@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia Fig­ure Skat­ing Club had an ex­plo­sion at the Skate NL Syn­chro­nized Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships last month, which blew away their com­pe­ti­tion. The TP Ex­plo­sions took top spot in pren­ovice and were named best over­all team in the pro­vin­cial tour­ney.

It was an ex­plo­sion of medals for the Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia Fig­ure Skat­ing Club at the Skate Canada New­found­land and Labrador Syn­chro­nized Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships on Feb. 20.

The club’s TP Ex­plo­sions took top spot in the pre-novice (ages 13 -17) cat­e­gory — and earned the tour­na­ment’s Cornel Tro­phy for the best over­all team, out of all 24 teams at the cham­pi­onship, held in St. John’s.

Club pres­i­dent Brenda Black said the goldmedal win for the team was a pleas­ant sur­prise for the club.

“ They were hop­ing just to be on the podium, to win a medal, so they were sur­prised to get gold,” she said.

But the Cornel win was even bet­ter, she said. “It’s the best team in the en­tire com­pe­ti­tion,” she ex­plained. “It’s awarded an­nu­ally to the team who, in the opin­ion of the judges, was the best team over­all in the com­pe­ti­tion.”

Black said the award has been handed out since 1984, and it’s the first time a team from Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia has won it, adding she was very happy for the club. “It was very, very ex­cit­ing, I must say,” she said. Black praised coach Dana Smith for her work with the team. “ The woman is in­cred­i­ble, be­cause she coaches the club... she does all three teams, she skates on our adult team, and she’s six months preg­nant! She’s out there do­ing jumps and spins!”

Smith also chore­ographed the club’s rou­tine and de­signed the cos­tumes, said Black.

The club pres­i­dent also praised the ef­fort of the club’s skaters.

“It’s be­cause the girls re­ally worked to­gether as a team. They all worked very, very hard,” she said. “At the beginning, we had one of the girls fall, and she got right back up and got into it, and they skated per­fectly, they re­ally did.

Also com­pet­ing in the tour­na­ment was the club’s ju­ve­nile (ages 8-12) team, the TP Flames, which Black said had their best skate of the year, fin­ish­ing fourth.

And the club’s adult mas­ters team, the TP Rusty Edges, com­peted in the Adult Class II cat­e­gory, earn­ing a bronze for their ef­forts.

EX­PLO­SIONS-The Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia Ex­plo­sions Fig­ure skaters took top spot in the pre-novice (ages 13 - 17) cat­e­gory and earned the tour­na­ment’s Cornel Tro­phy for best over­all team at a cham­pi­onship in St. John’s Feb. 20.

RUSTY EDGES - Mem­bers of the Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia Rusty Edges Skat­ing Club earned a bronze medal for their rou­tine dur­ing a Skate Canada New­found­land and Labrador Syn­chro­nized Skat­ing Cham­pi­onship. The event took place in St. John’s Feb. 20.

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