North Saanich skaters carve out medals

With the season almost halfway complete, three skaters recently brought home some great finishes to wrap up 2015.

From left: Saffron Hilder

NORTH SAANICH — It has been a busy and successful season so far for skaters from the Peninsula Figure Skating Club based out of Panorama Recreation Centre.

With the season almost halfway complete, three skaters recently brought home some great finishes to wrap up 2015.

Saffron Hilder took third place in the Pre-Novice Women U16 category at the SuperSeries Autumn Leaves Competition in Chilliwack in October and followed it by competing at the Super Series BC/YK Section Championships against skaters from all over the province at the beginning of November in Coquitlam. At Sections, Hilder finished an impressive 21st in the Pre-Novice Women category and also scored a personal best in her long program, something that coach Lorraine Hyne said she was very happy with.

“Our skaters work incredibly hard to prepare for competitions, and to finish well while scoring a personal best is fantastic,” she said.

Skaters Hayley Gunasinghe and Megan Rebneris both competed at the Vancouver Island Interclub Competition in mid-November in Parksville in the Star 5 U13 category. The two took third (Gunasinghe) and fourth (Rebneris) and Reberis also brought home gold in the Bronze Interpretive category.

Rebneris, like Hilder, also competed at the SuperSeries Autumn Leaves Competition in Chilliwack, finishing seventh in the Star 5 U13, Group 3 category.

Skaters will wrap up for winter break in mid-December and will resume the 2015/16 season on Jan. 3. For more information, see peninsulafigureskatingclub.com.                        — Submitted by PFSC

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