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WVFS OUAs 2010-2011

February 23rd, 2011 Permalink

Thursday and Friday, February 17 and 18 was the Ontario University Athletics Varsity Figure Skating Championships. This is the third and final competition in the varsity figure skating season and is the culmination of the hard work shown by the teams throughout the season. Waterloo had a strong start to the season earning a 2nd […]

Thursday and Friday, February 17 and 18 was the Ontario University Athletics Varsity Figure Skating Championships. This is the third and final competition in the varsity figure skating season and is the culmination of the hard work shown by the teams throughout the season.
Waterloo had a strong start to the season earning a 2nd place finish at the Queens invitational competition but then dropping a disappointing 5th at the Toronto Invitational. The weeks following the Toronto competition saw Waterloo ramp up practice schedules making a hard push to the Ontario championships.
If you aren’t familiar with Varsity skating there are a number of individual events that are not seen anywhere else in the sport. Events such as Freeskate fours (4 girls doing a freeksate program together), Dance fours (4 people doing a creative dance together) and female pairs events( two girls doing a freeskate together) among others, are events you may see at the competition. The other interesting thing about varsity skating is that everyone who competes must also skate synchro, which is the last event of the competition and is also worth more points.
Day 1 treated us well and although there were a few decisions which seemed unfair, (that’s skating) we were pretty happy with our skates and sat in 3rd place overall. Day 2 was a little less nice to our team and things were not going our way. Heading into synchro we were sitting in 5th and there was a pretty big gap between 4th and 5th. However we skated our best and were VERY surprised about our 2nd place finish in synchro. Our synchro coach who also coaches the Guelph synchro team, wanted to finish one and two and our performance made sure she got her wish as Guelph came in first. Overall we came a disappointing 5th, but the 2nd in synchro and winning the spirit award made the overall placement a little better.
This being the third year skating on the team, I still really enjoy it. Even though I have almost always been the sub, I still enjoy the friendships made, the ability to continue skating and the pride I get to experience by competing for my school. I have two more years of eligibility left and I hope to skate if I can. However, the beginning of next season I will be on Co-op and I’ve already gotten an interview at a place in California, so that may not happen. I did invest in the future of my skating though as I recently ordered replacement boots which cost a lot, so I will be skating in some form in the future.
Enjoy these photos taken at the competition and watch out for an announcement about our upcoming charity ice show.
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