OTTAWA, ON: In September Skate Canada hosted flower retriever auditions for the 2014 Skate Canada International event taking place in Kelowna, B.C., at Prospera Place from October 30 – November 2, 2014.
Twenty-four children aged 9-13 took to the ice for a live audition and were evaluated on skating skills and suitability through a series of on-ice activities by Skate Canada guest judges.
The role of the flower retriever is extremely important to the event. The flower retrievers must quickly collect all items that are thrown onto the ice after a performance and deliver these items to the skaters. Their role impacts the timing of the event that is critical to live television.
All of the selected skaters have learned to skate through their local club and are all members of the Skate Canada British Columbia/Yukon section.
Skate Canada is pleased to announce the 12 young skaters from the Kelowna region who have been selected to be flower retrievers for the event at the end of the month.
2014 Skate Canada International Flower Retrievers
Daria Carr, 10, Kelowna, B.C. (Kelowna FSC)
Mckenna Colthorp, 13, Kelowna, B.C. (Kelowna FSC)
Kaitlin Crerar, 13, Vernon, B.C. (Armstrong/Enderby SC)
Alyssa Dobbs, 12, Kelowna, B.C. (Kelowna FSC)
Taylor Fleming , 11, West Kelowna, B.C. (Mt. Boucherie SC)
Madeline Foley, 11, Kelowna, B.C. (Kelowna FSC)
Olivia Gran, 11, Kelowna, B.C. (Kelowna FSC)
Shaya Jeffery, 13, Fort St. John, B.C. (Fort St. John FSC)
Jordana McEachern, 11, Penticton, B.C. (Glengarry FSC)
Summer Peitsch, 11, Kelowna, B.C. (Kelowna FSC)
Tianna Potts, 11, West Kelowna, B.C. (Mt. Boucherie SC)
Ashley Sales, 10, Kelowna, B.C. (Kelowna FSC)
Tickets are on sale now! They can be purchased online at www.selectyourtickets.com, by phone at 250.762.5050 or in person at the Prospera Place Box Office.
Skate Canada International is the second competition in the annual ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating® series. The other events take place in the United States (Skate America), China (Cup of China), France (Trophée Eric Bompard), Russia (Rostelecom Cup) and Japan (NHK Trophy). Skaters are awarded points based on their placements in the series’ events.
At the conclusion of all the events, the top-six men and ladies and the top-six pair and ice dance teams qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final to be held in Barcelona, Spain from December 11-13, 2014.