JSC medals at Whitehorse

Juneau Skate Club members with awards at Whitehorse, from left-to-right: Meredith Fritsch, Katherine Fritsch, Ema Jessen, Gariella Sloan, and Laurie Balstad. The skaters will perform between the 1st and 2nd period of the JDHS hockey games tonight through Saturday and in a recital on Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

Figure skaters from three different clubs converged on Whitehorse this weekend to skate in the Yukon Gold Nugget Competition, according to the Whitehorse Star.


Arctic Edge Skating Club hosted the meet at the Canada Games Centre Saturday, which saw six skaters from Juneau and five from Inuvik, N.W.T., skate against Whitehorse athletes. In total, 32 skaters participated.

“Five of our skaters competed in the Yukon Gold Nugget competition last weekend,” JSC coach Pam Leary wrote in an email. “Our skaters competed in 15 events and brought home six gold, five silver and two bronze medals.”

Gold Nugget organizer Valerie Neufeld said the competition meant a lot for Whitehorse skaters.

“Some kids actually never leave the territory to compete, so the Yukon championships is an important event for them,” she said. “It gets young skaters used to what it’s all about. It was really nice having two different clubs, because it did feel more like a real competition versus just skating against their friends.”

Skaters competed to the following levels:

Star 1: Alissa Russell (Arctic Edge) gold; Bronwyn Hayes (Arctic Edge) silver; Jamie Nickel (Arctic Edge) bronze. Star 2: Gabriella Sloan (Juneau) silver; Lovell Simon (Inuvik) silver; Emilie Perrault (Arctic Edge) silver; Meghan Burmingham (Arctic Edge) bronze; Michaela DeCook (Arctic Edge) bronze; Lenneah Timmermans (Arctic Edge) bronze. Star 3 Boys: Jackson Ellis (Milton, Ont./Inuvik) gold. Star 3 A: Emma Jesson (Juneau) gold; Alyssa Cuenza (Arctic Edge) silver; Landyn Blisner (Arctic Edge) silver; Tessa Moore (Arctic Edge) silver; Katherine Fritsch (Juneau) silver; Meredith Fritsch (Juneau) silver. Star 3 B: Maya Krizan (Inuvik) gold; Abigail Cuenza (Arctic Edge) bronze; Marika Kitchen (Arctic Edge) bronze. Star 4 Under-13: Mikayla Kramer (Arctic Edge) gold; Winter Ross (Arctic Edge) silver. Star 4 Over-13: Annika Krizan (Inuvik) gold; Morgan Madden (Arctic Edge) silver; Jenelle Clethero (Arctic Edge) bronze.

Senior Bronze: Rachel Waters (Inuvik) gold; Kelcy Armstrong (Arctic Edge) silver. Exhibition Skates: Laurie Balstad (Juneau) juvenile; Bryn Hoffman (Arctic Edge) novice; Michael Sumner (Special Olympics). Preliminary Elements: Emma Jessen (Juneau) gold; Lovelle Simon (Inuvik) silver; Katherine Fritsch (Juneau) bronze. Bronze Elements: Winter Ross (Inuvik) gold; Mikayla Kramer (Arctic Edge) silver; Annika Krizan (Inuvik) bronze. Silver Elements: Laurie Balstad (Juneau) gold; Rachel Waters (Inuvik) silver; Kelcy Armstrong (Arctic Edge) bronze. Gold Elements: Bryn Hoffman (Arctic Edge) exhibition skate. Introductory Interpretive: Tessa Moore (Arctic Edge) gold; Meredith Fritsch (Juneau) silver; Gabriella Sloan (Juneau) bronze. Bronze Interpretive: Laurie Balstad (Juneau) gold; Jenelle Clethero (Arctic Edge) silver. Junior Creative: Emma Jessen (Juneau) gold; Meghan Burmingham (Arctic Edge) silver; Michaela DeCook (Arctic Edge) bronze. Senior A Creative: Mikayla Kramer (Arctic Edge) gold; Zoey Krause (Arctic Edge) silver.

Senior B Creative: Bryn Hoffman (Arctic Edge) gold; Laurie Balstad (Arctic Edge) silver.

The Juneau Skating Club will be performing in a recital on Sunday, as well as doing one holiday number during the first ice resurface of the high school games Dec. 5-8 against Lathrop and Monroe at Treadwell Arena.


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