Kelowna Skating Club athletes dominated at the Okanagan Interclub figure skating competition at the Summerland Arena over the weekend.
The team of 23 local skaters returned home with 24 medals.
Kelowna’s Payton Bannerman scored a personal-best 22.01 points to win the Pre-Juvenile Women.
Kelowna skaters also managed several podium sweeps in competitive events.
At the Juvenile level, 11-year-old Ariana Rose led the charge with 28.87 points, followed by Calissa Adlem and Sophie Sanderson with silver and bronze medal wins, respectively.
At the Pre-Novice level, Gabrielle Jugnauth scored a personal-best 39.43 points to strike gold in the Short Program, followed by teammates Ava Sanderson (2nd) and Katie Jones (3rd).
Jugnauth had another personal best 65.61 to win the Free Program, flanked by Sanderson with the silver and Aurora Schultz with the bronze. Jugnauth, an 11-year-old Canyon Falls Middle School student, will be representing B.C. and Yukon at the Skate Canada Challenge at Edmonton this week. This is her first national event.
At the Novice level, Kelowna’s Emily Sales struck gold in both the Short and Free divisions, with personal bests of 43.9 and 75.78, respectively. Sales will also be competing at the Skate Canada Challenge.
Gwenyth Preston finished second in both segments. Madeline Foley won bronze in the Short, while Abby Bulawka did likewise in the Free.
Sarah Mullins also had a double-gold medal haul, winning the STAR 7 and STAR 8 women’s events.
Kiera Atkins also won a pair of medals — first in the Gold Women’s event and third from the STAR 9 event.
Mackenzie Nelmes also had two medals, finishing second in STAR 9 Women and third in STAR 10 women.
Ollie Zhang had a personal best score of 15.65 points to win the STAR 5 boys division.
Meanwhile, Abbey McTavish won the bronze medal in the STAR 5 girls’ under-13 event on the strength of her personal best score of 17.17 points.
This story is to appear in print on page B3 of the Nov. 27, 2019, edition of The Daily Courier.