Main image: Members of the Huntsville Skating Club with their medals and ribbons from the Nickel Blades on Ice competition (back from left) Mikayla Markle, Kaitlyn Brushey, coach Chrissy Mantle-Marnoch, Ainslie Vallentin, Carson Vallentin; (front from left) Regan Markle, and Islette Greib. (supplied)
Team members from the Huntsville Skating Club travelled to Sudbury’s Nickel Blades on Ice competition—part of Skate Ontario’s Super Series—in late February and all returned with positive results.
The local group was up against skaters from 37 other clubs over the weekend event, held Feb. 21-23, 2020.
“They were all amazing and all had improved scores from their last skates,” said coach Chrissy Mantle-Marnoch. “I have such a great group of skaters who compete.”
The Huntsville skaters were awarded the following results:
Kaitlyn Brushey – second place in Novice
Ainslie Vallentin – first place in both Star 7 and Pre-Juvenile
Mikayla Markle – silver assessment in Star 3
Carson Vallentin – bronze assessment in Star 3
Islette Greib – silver assessment in Star 2
Regan Markle – silver assessment in Star 2
Kaitlyn Brushey and Ainslie Vallentin have both qualified for the provincial championships.
“The other skaters aren’t quite at that level yet but have given results that tell me that they are ready to move up and compete at higher levels,” said Mantle-Marnoch.
Ainslie Vallentin said, “Competing in Sudbury was amazing! I had personal best scores in both of my programs and won gold medals for both…I am thankful that so many skaters from our club came to support me and that I could cheer them on too!”
Carson Vallentin was also excited to compete in Sudbury but said he felt some frustration coming off the ice. “My spins weren’t as good as I hoped but I landed all my jumps and got gold level on most of them. I am really looking forward to my next competition so I can get better.”
Islette Greib set a goal to beat her personal best for this competition. “I am glad that I achieved it,” she said. “I feel that I gave the best performance I could and am glad to have the opportunity to skate in the competition.”
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