Niagara-on-the-Lake Skating Club’s Ashleen Hale came home with a bronze medal from the Skate Ontario Provincial Championships, held
last weekend in Mississauga.
Hale earned third place in the Gold Women event. She also placed fourth in her STAR 9 event.
Ophelia Xie competed in the provincial championship in the STAR 5-U13 Women event, finishing eighth.
Based on the results of their placement at the championships, both skaters have earned a spot on the Skate Ontario development team. “Throughout the year, this team will have the opportunity to attend development camps, where they will train with Skate Canada technical specialists and elite-level athletes from across the country,” says public relations chair Darlene Dortono.
The NOTL Skating Club is extremely proud of their accomplishments, “considering the last two years of very limited ice time, shutdowns and competition cancellations. Throughout all that, these two kept their sights set
on and achieved their goals,” says Dortono.
Both girls will be skating their programs this Friday, April 1 at the club’s program showcase, coinciding with the annual NOTL STAR Challenge, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Meridian Arena in Virgil, the first showcase since the pandemic.
This is also a time for pre-junior, junior and intermediate Star figure skaters to practise their routines, in a safe and non-competitive environment. For the first time in two years, eager skaters will have a chance to showcase all they’ve learned for friends and family.