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(Posted 6:30 a.m., Jan. 29)
Local figure skater returns from Canadian championships with bronze medal
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans figure skater Christian Reekie won a bronze medal in the junior men's division at the recent Canadian Figure Skating Championships. Danielle Earl Photography

A year of hard work and dedication has paid off in a bronze medal at the Canadian Junior Figure Skating Championships for Christian Reekie.

The 17-year-old Gloucester Skating Club member improved on his 9th place performance in the novice division at last year's championship by placing third in the junior division this time around.

Reekie attributed his rise to the podium to a heightened level of intensity in training, and a laser beam-like focus on the details from the choreography of his new short program to sharpening each and every element of his free skate.

"It's been really about getting the intensity level and being more focused," Reekie, who's coached by GSC's director of skating and Navan resident Darlene Joseph.

Reekie joined the Gloucester Skating Club when he was five and started skating competitively when he turned nine.

From 2011 to 2014, he split his time between men's singles and ice dance in which he partnered with fellow GSC member Vanessa Chartrand. The pair finished eighth in the novice division at the 2014 Canadian Championships.

Coming into this season Reekie had to develop a short program and extend his long program to compete at junior He trains two hours a day six times a week on ice and two hours a day off ice.

Reekie's role model this past season has been fellow Gloucester Skating Club member and training partner Ben Guthrie who retired from competitive skating last year.

"We've pushed each other all season in training. He's just a really hard worker and he's inspired me to work a lot harder both on and off the ice," says Reekie.

The Canadian Championship brings an end to the competitive figure skating season which began at the end of July with the Minto Summer Skate.

Reekie plans to take it easy for a couple of weeks before he starts working on his program for next season and a possible run at a medal of a different colour.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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