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Two Kelowna Skating Club members represented Canada at the Autumn Classic International last week in Quebec

Skaters represent Kelowna

Two Kelowna Skating Club members represented Canada at the Autumn Classic International last week.

Haley Sales and Nik Wamsteeker made their competitive debut for this season in Pierrefonds, Quebec against top teams from Canada, the U.S., and Spain. Sales and Wamsteeker finished 6th in both the Short Dance and Free Dance segments, which earned a 6th place finish overall, with a total score of 155.89 points.

Canadian Champions and World Bronze medalists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier captured the gold medals.

“We’re at a pretty early stage in the development of our new skating and programs this season,” said Wamsteeker. “ACI was a great starter and eye opener on what it is we need to focus on going into this Olympic season.”

This summer, Sales and Wamsteeker made the move to London, Ontario, to be coached by Scott Moir. With his partner, Tessa Virtue, he has won numerous titles including three World and two Olympic Championships.

“We are allowing ourselves to get vulnerable this year and grow into this new skating style we are striving for going forward,” added Sales. “We are very proud of how far we’ve come in such a short time and excited to see where this next chapter goes.”

Despite the move away from B.C., Sales and Wamsteeker have chosen to represent the Kelowna Skating Club.

The 24-year-old Sales has a deep history with the club, where she developed as a singles skater up to the national level, highlighted by a bronze medal win as a novice competitor at the Canadian Championships. She has two younger sisters who continue to train locally, and compete at the national level.

Prior to the Autumn Classic, Sales and Wamsteeker spent a week in Kelowna, where they trained and interacted with local skaters.

“It was amazing to see them work with our skaters of all levels,” said Director Jason Mongrain. “Haley and Nik have had so much experience, from representing Canada, training abroad, and learning from exceptional coaches. It was so great to see them pass some of that along to our young generation.”

The next step for the pair will be another international representation, this time with even higher stakes.

They have been chosen to represent Canada at the ISU Grand Prix Skate Canada event in Vancouver this year, from October 29-31.

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