6:30 a.m., Jan. 29)
figure skater returns from Canadian championships with
By Fred Sherwin
figure skater Christian Reekie won a bronze
medal in the junior men's division at the
recent Canadian Figure Skating Championships.
Danielle Earl Photography
year of hard work and dedication has paid off in a bronze
medal at the Canadian Junior Figure Skating Championships
for Christian Reekie.
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.
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
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.
joined the Gloucester Skating Club when he was five and
started skating competitively when he turned nine.
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.
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.
role model this past season has been fellow Gloucester
Skating Club member and training partner Ben Guthrie who
retired from competitive skating last year.
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.
Canadian Championship brings an end to the competitive
figure skating season which began at the end of July with
the Minto Summer Skate.
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.
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