Silver lining for Oakville’s Dinh at national novice figure skating championships
Published February 21, 2023 at 4:46 pm
Oakville’s Ashley Dinh hit the podium over the weekend at the 2023 Novice Canadian Skating Championships held in Calgary, Alberta.
The Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling club member had a strong performance in the free skate on Monday (Feb. 20) to win a silver medal in the women’s competition.
Dinh finished with a score of 136.71, second to gold medal winner Lucille Yang of Ottawa.
Yang had a combined score of 139.08 to jump to first after placing third in the short program.
Mély-Ann Gagner of Sherbrooke, Que. was third at 128.42.
“I’m proud of my skate and feel like I performed really well,” said Yang. “My goal here was to have clean skates and have fun.”
Charlotte Chung and Axel Mackenzie of Toronto continued their impressive first season together with the gold medal in ice dancing.
Chung and Mackenzie took the title with 113.70 points followed by two Quebec couples. Victoria Carandiuc and Andrei Carandiuc were second at 104.55 and Auréa Cinçon-Debout and Earl Jesse Celestino third at 103.72.
“We managed the nerves really well this weekend,” said Mackenzie, who also won the Skate Canada Challenge last month with his partner.
“We had great support from coaches, family and friends going into today and we wanted to skate our best.”
Quebec teams were 1-2 in pairs with Alexane Jean and Charly Laliberté-Laurent first at 119.42 and Beau Callahan and Benjamin Leduc second at 114.58. Annika Behnke and Kole Sauve of Edmonton, Alta., were third at 110.00.
David Howes of Winnipeg, Man. won the men’s competition, finishing first in both the short and free skates for 148.42. Vladimir Furman of St-Hubert, Que., was the silver medalist with 133.35 and Liam Schmidt of Laval, Que., took bronze with 132.35.
The 2023 Skate Canada Cup starts Wednesday (Feb. 22) and will feature the top synchronized skating teams competing for national titles in novice, open and intermediate.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising