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10 Newmarket Skating Club athletes qualify for provincials

The figure skaters competed against skaters from across Ontario, to earn high scores required for Skate Ontario Provincial Championships March 24 to 26
Front Row (L to R): Catherine Zhang , Adam Cheung , Sienna Moses, Brooklyn Doerner, Julia Okorn, Albert Wu. Back Row (L to R): Alfred Lau, Sydney Achtermeier, Jerod Sparrow, Ava Jones.

Ten members of the Newmarket Skating Club have qualified in 13 different events for the 2023 Skate Ontario Provincial Championships in Stratford later this month.

The skaters have taken part in competitions against skaters from across the province, and those with the highest scores throughout the 2022-2023 season have qualified for the provincial finals, according to a club news release.

Competing for Newmarket Skating Club in the free skate and artistic events are:

  • Alfred Lau – Junior Men 9 and Star 9
  • Julia Okorn – Star 8 and Star 7
  • Brooklyn Doerner – Star 7 and Star 6
  • Jerod Sparrow – Star 6
  • Adam Cheung – Star 5 (Under 13)
  • Albert Wu – Star 5 (Under 13)
  • Ava Jones – Star 5 (Over 13)
  • Sienna Moses – Star 5 (Over 13)
  • Catherine Zhang – Star 5 Artistic
  • Sydney Achtermeier – Star 5 Artistic

The Skate Ontario Provincial Championships take place Friday, March 24 to Sunday, March 26 at the Stratford Rotary Complex in Stratford and will be livestreamed on the Skate Ontario website.

“We are incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication our athletes put into their training every single day,” said Newmarket Skating Club program director Heather Jannaway. “Coming out of the pandemic, we have focused on investing in the growth of all skaters — from learn to skate to the competitive stream. To have 10 of our athletes qualify for 13 provincial finals is beyond outstanding and a true testament of our commitment to skater development.”

In 2022, the Newmarket club sent nine athletes to the provincial championships, with Lau and Doerner earning gold medals and Lau, Sparrow and Achtermeier earning silver medals in their respective events. In total, five members of club’s 2023 provincial team are returning to the provincial championships for a second consecutive year.

The 2020 and 2021 events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As Newmarket’s oldest and largest figure skating organization, Newmarket Skating Club is a non-profit organization that has been operating since 1953. An accredited member of Skate Ontario and Skate Canada, Newmarket Skating Club offers programming for all levels and ages, including CanSkate, adult skating, hockey skills, adaptive programming and figure skating (StarSkate).