Stoked about syn­chro

Trin­ity-pla­cen­tia club wins At­lantic cham­pi­onship; will look to win fourth provin­cials

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

Step­ping onto the ice at the East Hants Sport­splex in Lantz, NS, the Trin­ity-Pla­cen­tia Fig­ure Skat­ing Club Ex­plo­sions had one skate to make a good im­pres­sion.

It was Jan. 26, and the 13 fe­males ages 13 to 18 were look­ing to im­press the judges at the At­lantic Syn­chro­nized Cham­pi­onships.

Seam­lessly, the group from the Trin­ity Bay re­gion glided through their rou­tine, hit­ting ev­ery mark, ev­ery turn of the head and ev­ery arm move­ment.

“It was a great skate,” said team mem­ber Re­nee Os­bourne, 18. “It was per­fect.”

Feel­ing good about them­selves, the pre-novice group hud­dled to­gether, wait­ing for their scores.

“We heard it wasn’t go­ing to be that long,” added Sarah Ge­orge, 16. “Usu­ally, it takes some time for the scores.” As the sec­onds ticked by, the ten­sion mounted. When fi­nally the judge ar­rived, she was swarmed by the en­thu­si­as­tic teens.

“They hov­ered over her. They didn’t even give her the space to breathe,” said coach Dana Smith.

The team had scored a 23.50, good for first place and a whole point above their clos­est com­pe­ti­tion. “We went nuts,” said Ge­orge. “We just screamed we were so ex­cited,” added Os­bourne.

Only one prac­tice

The Ex­plo­sions are three-time de­fend­ing pro­vin­cial syn­chro champs. The team ar­rived in Nova Sco­tia on the Fri­day prior to the one-day com­pe­ti­tion, with only enough time for one prac­tice in their un­fa­mil­iar sur­round­ings. “It was a really good prac­tice,” said Ge­orge. Or­di­nar­ily, the en­tire skat­ing club at­tends com­pe­ti­tions. This marked the first time the syn­chro team set out on its own. “It was dif­fer­ent that what we were used to,” said Ge­orge. Smith said the ex­pe­ri­ence was “fan­tas­tic.” The team made a stop at the At­lantic Cirque, the school for the cir­cus arts in Hal­i­fax, where it could par­tic­i­pate in some cir­cus-like ap­pa­ra­tuses like the tram­po­line. “It was a good team-build­ing thing,” said Smith. It’s one thing to be get­ting on a plane and go­ing to a com­pe­ti­tion in a dif­fer­ent province. It’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent thing to come back as a cham­pion.

The trip is smoother, the air­line food tastes bet­ter and it’s eas­ier to sleep on the plane. “The plane ride back was bet­ter,” said Ge­orge. Smith finds joy in how her skaters feel about win­ning the gold.

“I’m quite ec­static for them,” she said. “I’m more pleased with how they feel.”

Ge­orge said it took a cou­ple of days for the vic­tory to sink in. “It feels amaz­ing,” she said. But, how does it sound to be called At­lantic cham­pion?

“It sounds really good,” said Os­bourne. “I didn’t think we’d go to At­lantics and we won. It makes it more spe­cial.”

Mean­while, the syn­chro team will look to de­fend its pro­vin­cial crown when it trav­els to Tor­bay Feb. 15-16.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The Trin­ity-Pla­cen­tia Ex­plo­sions get ready to per­form its rou­tine at the At­lantic Syn­chro­nized Cham­pi­onships on Jan. 26 in East Hants, NS. The Ex­plo­sions posted a score of 23.50 to cap­ture the gold.

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