Emma Bulawka

Kelowna Skating Club's Emma Bulawka skates to a sixth-place finish at the Canadian championships in Mississauga, Ont., on Jan. 18, 2020.

Kelowna Skating Club athletes will remember Emma Bulawka’s finish for years to come.

The 16-year-old figure skater finished sixth overall – just one spot away from the Skate Canada National Team — at the Canadian championships in Mississauga on the weekend.

Bulawka, an Aberdeen Hall student, opened with a 14th place short program, but stormed back with a 100.39-point free program to catapult up the rankings. Her sixth-place finish represents the highest placement of a senior level singles skater in club history.

At the junior level, 15-year-old Ashley Sales finished seventh in her first appearance at nationals. Her score of 134.73 was a personal best for the Okanagan Mission student.

Vienna Harwood, 14, finished 13th overall with 121.28 points.

At the novice level, 13-year old Malayna Lesko scored 97.49 points to finish 17th overall. It was her first appearance at the nationals.

Kelowna’s Olivia Gran had also qualified for the championships, but withdrew due to injury. Five qualifiers matched a previous club best.