Last week our Junior team had the opportunity to travel to France to compete in the 2019 ISU French Cup. Being selected to represent Canada at this prestigious event was a huge honour, and our skaters were excited to compete in their first ISU international competition.
The team spent a few days training in Paris and taking in the sights. Our skaters enjoyed every minute of their time in this beautiful city.
On Wednesday morning, after a successful training session, the team headed to Rouen, France where the competition would take place. This picturesque old-town has been home to the French Cup for the past 25 years. It is a favourite competition of many teams, known for its energetic atmosphere and fantastic audience. As a result, the French Cup often draws many of the top teams in the world, this season being no exception.
Thursday night marked the official opening of the event with the short program draw taking place on the competition ice. Team members Olivia Tworzyanski and Jasmine Gagnon had the opportunity to represent Gold Ice during this ceremony. The draw involved hockey players from Rouen and numbered pucks that were constantly moving around the ice. Olivia and Jasmine picked wisely – 10th out of 13 teams – to loud cheers from the Gold Ice fans.
After a good nights sleep, it was short program day. On Friday afternoon, our Junior team took to the ice with confidence and attack. Skating a technically strong program in a very competitive event, they were in 6th place heading into the Freeskate.
On Saturday afternoon, heading into the Freeskate, the team was calm and eager to skate their Phantom of the Opera program. With an emotional and dramatic performance, the skaters left the ice satisfied. We are very proud of a 7th place finish in a field of some of the worlds best Junior teams.
After a very short break, the team is back at work training in preparation of the 2019 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships which will be held in Waterloo, Ontario in just 2 weeks time. This rink holds many dear memories for our skaters and we are looking forward to performing there once again.