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.