Three South Shore skaters compete in Atlantic championships

  • <p>CONTRIBUTED PHOTO</p><p>Three South Shore skaters, members of the St. Margaret&#8217;s Bay skate club, were a part of Team Nova Scotia competing at the Atlantic Skating Championships held in March. From left to right, skaters Madison Norwood, Isla Putnam and Lilly Davidson. Coaches are Stephanie Steele Jacobson and Joe Jacobson.</p>



SOUTH SHORE – Three South Shore figure skaters from the St. Margaret's Bay Skating Club in Tantallon took to the ice and competed at the Atlantic Canadian Skating Championships held in Newfoundland in March.

Lilly Davidson, Madison Norwood and Isla Putnam who train with coaches Stephanie Steele Jacobsen and Joe Jacobsen competed at the event, representing the province. Earlier, it was recognized that six skaters from the Bridgewater Skating Club and the Queens County Blades competed and did well.

The St. Margaret's Bay Skating Club that consists of about 400 skaters, had 10 athletes compete in the event, including the three South Shoe girls. To qualify, skaters had to finish in the top six in their category to advance to the Atlantics.

"They were wonderful. They really represented Nova Scotia nad our skating club very well. For most of the skaters, it was their first time competing outside of the province and we were really proud of how well they handled themselves on and off the ice," said Steele Jacobsen.

Along with the competition itself, the athletes were able to do a little touring and they had to endure a snow storm, airport fire and schedule changes.

Davidson, who attends Bridgewater Junior High School, is 13 years of age and has been skating for nine years. For her, the trip was "really fun and exciting."

She finished in sixth place in the Star 5, under-13 division, out of 18 skaters.

"I placed well. The scores were close," she said. "I landed everything, but one jump, which was still rotated. I was really happy with how well I did."

She said it was also fun to do some touristy things and hang out with other skaters from the club that they normally don't get to see.

Norwood, who attends Park View Education Centre, is 17 years old and has been skating for 14 years. She finished in fifth palce at the event in the Novice Women's division.

"I did well. It was a good experience, but I was only able to skate my long program, because the short one was cancelled because of the snowstorm," she said. "That was a bit crazy, but other than that it turned out pretty well."

Norwood said she was happy to land a double axle which she said was a big accomplishment for her.

Putnam did not reply to a request for an interview from her coach. She competed in the Star 5 (under-10) division.

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