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Kelowna skater's a champ

A Kelowna figure skater captured the Canadian junior women's title during a record performance by members of the Kelowna Skating Club.

Olivia Gran captured the title on the strength of six successful triple jumps and a season-best score of 149.65 points at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Vancouver. 

The 14-year-old Okanagan Mission student made up a 3.2-point deficit after a second-place finish in the short program to win the free program and the gold medal. Following the championships, she has been named an alternate to Canada's Junior World Team.

Gran’s victory represents the first time a Kelowna skater has won a national title at the junior level.

At the novice level, teammate Daria Carr captured the silver medal with a personal best 125.76 points.  The Okanagan Mission student opened with a winning short program, and finished just over two points shy of gold.

Fourteen-year-old Emma Bulawka placed sixth overall in the juniors, less than seven points off the podium.

And Vienna Harwood made a successful debut at the Canadians, finishing 10th in the novice category.  

Haley Sales and partner Nik Wamsteeker earned a sixth-place finish in the senior dance competition.

All in all, it was the best showing ever for the club at the nationals.

“This is the greatest showing by our club at the nationals,” said KSC director Jason Mongrain. “Just having four singles skaters qualify from a city of our size is fantastic, much less having all four place in the top 10, with two medals.... Olivia’s title is a first for our club and an unbelievable achievement.”



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