Sec­tion skaters try­ing to make na­tional cut

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports - Ci­ti­zen staff

Af­ter months of prac­tice, this is the step­ping-stone event for a group of fig­ure skaters from the North­ern B.C. Cen­tre for Skat­ing.

If they do well this week­end at the BC/Yukon sec­tion cham­pi­onships in Co­quit­lam, they will move on to the 2019 Cana­dian Tire Cana­dian Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships in Saint John, N.B., Jan. 13-20.

Lead­ing the way for the NBCCS is two-time na­tional qual­i­fier Justin Ham­pole, 17, now in his sec­ond sea­son in the ju­nior men’s cat­e­gory. To qual­ify for na­tion­als he needs a top-three over­all fin­ish this week­end.

Skaters in the ju­nior and se­nior cat­e­gories have to post topthree sec­tion re­sults to ad­vance. Those in the pre-novice or novice cat­e­gories re­quire top-four sec­tion fin­ishes.

The Prince Ge­orge-based club has two skaters – Ally No­rum and Alex Call­away – en­tered in the ju­ve­nile women’s un­der-14 class, while Jayna Ma­son is com­pet­ing this week­end in the pre-novice women’’s un­der-16 class.

Reece John­son of the NBCCS is en­tered in the novice men un­der-17 com­pe­ti­tion.

All five skaters are coached by Rory Allen and An­drea Lud­ditt.

Allen also coaches Mitchell Dunn of the Ques­nel Fig­ure Skat­ing Club, com­pet­ing in the ju­ve­nile men’s un­der-14 class.

John­son and Dunn started cut­ting the ice Thurs­day af­ter­noon with their short pro­grams and will fin­ish up with their free skates this morn­ing.

Ma­son is in the first group of pre-novice women slated to skate their short pro­grams to­day from 8 to 11:15 a.m., and will fol­low up with her free pro­gram Sat­ur­day start­ing at 8 a.m.

Ham­pole is on the ice for his short pro­gram at 8 p.m., and his free pro­gram is sched­uled for Sat­ur­day at 8:10 p.m. No­rum and Call­away are set to com­pete Sun­day from 8 a.m. 11:05 a.m.

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