C.B.N. skaters claim two gold medals

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Two skaters from the Con­cep­tion Bay North area earned gold medals at the 2018 New­found­land and Labrador Win­ter Games in Deer Lake.

Com­pet­ing in STAR 6, Laura Keefe of Bay Roberts placed first out of 12 skaters to win gold for Team Avalon. Up­per Is­land Cove’s Chloe Sey­mour was the other gold medal­ist, com­pet­ing in a field of 12 for Team Avalon in the STAR 5 13-and-over cat­e­gory.

Toni-Lynn Par­sons and Jaide Rus­sell from the Con­cep­tion Bay North Skat­ing Club and Claire Bar­ron of the Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia Fig­ure Skat­ing Club also skated for Team Avalon in Deer Lake. Par­sons placed sixth in STAR 6, Rus­sell was eighth in the Ju­ve­nile Women event and Bar­ron was sixth in Pre-Novice Women.

Keefe, Par­sons and Sey­mour will skate for Team New­found­land and Labrador next month at At­lantics in Nova Sco­tia. Fel­low CBN skater Sarah Daw­son will join them there.

Michael His­cock went the dis­tance and pulled through when he needed to at the 2018 New­found­land and Labrador Win­ter Games in Deer Lake.

The Bay Roberts na­tive, rep­re­sent­ing Team Avalon, was the vic­tor in a thrilling gold medal matchup that took five games to fin­ish, with His­cock com­ing out on top in the de­cid­ing match. Joshua Water­man from Team Cen­tral claimed sil­ver.

Team Avalon was com­prised en­tirely of play­ers from the Con­cep­tion Bay North Ta­ble Ten­nis Club. The fe­male team — fea­tur­ing Josephine Gruner, Sara Young, Emma Cleary and So­phie Hirschhäuser — man­aged to earn some ad­di­tional hard­ware for the re­gion, win­ning the bronze medal game. The boys team fin­ished fourth.

In other in­di­vid­ual results, Ben Ryan played in the un­der14 male bronze medal match but came out on the los­ing end of the fi­nal re­sult, as did Hirschhäuser in un­der-17 fe­male ac­tion.

For His­cock, this is his third Win­ter Games gold medal in the sport. At the 2014 games in Clarenville, he won gold in the un­der-13 male event and also con­trib­uted to Avalon’s gold medal per­for­mance in the male team event. His older brother Nick, who was a coach for this year’s male team, was also a part of the golden group in 2014.

Team Avalon in­cluded four skaters from the Con­cep­tion Bay North area, from the left — Laura Keefe, Jaide Rus­sell, Chloe Sey­mour and Toni-Lynn Par­sons.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTOS

Michael His­cock of Bay Roberts, cen­tre, won gold in un­der-17 male sin­gles ta­ble ten­nis. Stand­ing next to him, from the left, is sil­ver medal­ist Joshua Water­man and bronze medal­ist Tyler Green.

Claire Bar­ron from the Trin­ity Pla­cen­tia Fig­ure Skat­ing Club based in Whit­bourne also com­peted for Team Avalon.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTOS

Laura Keefe, left, and Chloe Sey­mour both earned gold medals skat­ing for Team Avalon at the 2018 New­found­land and Labrador Win­ter Games.

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