Skater’s dou­ble axel is com­ing along

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At dif­fer­ent stages in a fig­ure skater’s ca­reer, they have to master cer­tain moves if they want to com­pete. For ex­am­ple, at the se­nior men’s level that move is a quadru­ple jump, or sim­ply the quad.

At Ef­ford’s pre-novice level, the equiv­a­lent is the dou­ble axel. She says “it’s com­ing along,” but there is still work to be done.

“At my level, it is some­thing I’d like to have. I’ve been work­ing on it.”

Canada Games bound

It ap­pears Ef­ford’s hard work has paid off. She will rep­re­sent New­found­land and Labrador at the 2015 Canada Win­ter Games in Prince George, B.C., Feb. 13Mar. 1.

Ef­ford was named to the team after per­form­ing a per­sonal best 70.82 at the re­cent 2014 Cana­dian Chal-

Jenna Ef­ford

lenge held in Pier­re­fonds, Que., Dec. 3-7.

“It makes me feel good about my­self,” she said. “I’m proud to go with New­found­land and Labrador.”

Head­ing to the Games will be an ex­cit­ing time for the ath­lete. Ef­ford is look­ing for­ward to the whole ex­pe­ri­ence — com­pet­ing, meet­ing new peo­ple and hang­ing out at the ath­lete’s vil­lage.

“I’m look­ing to have two clean skates and to do my best. I think that is pretty cool. I’ll be skat­ing on tele­vi­sion.”

Ef­ford and her fam­ily are spend­ing the hol­i­days at home. That’s some­thing she is look­ing for­ward to as well.

“It’ll be a well-de­served break.”

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