Port Alberni athlete Kennedy Lavertu started her figure skating season last spring with two goals in mind: a top 10 finish at provincials and a spot on the BC Games team.
Lavertu competed in the provincial championship in Richmond Nov. 7-10. The BC and Yukon Territory Sectional Figure Skating competition saw the best skaters compete, including fellow Port Albernian Eric Streichsbier, who now trains in Vancouver).
This was Lavertu’s second appearance at sectionals and her second year in the category of pre-novice. Leading up to the event, Lavertu had placed no lower than third at other competitions.
“Sections is where you meet up with all competitors in B.C. The top four go to challenge in December and then there are two spots for the BC Games this year for each region,” Lavertu explained.
She had lofty goals for herself and knew the competition would be tough.
When you are competing against skaters that train six and seven days a week and skating is their primary motivation, it is not easy to climb up the ranks, she said. Lavertu attends Grade 10 at Alberni District Secondary School and trains in Parksville.
At sectionals, Lavertu landed five doubles, four double combinations and a clean attempt of a double axel: all in two performances. She skated to a season’s best score and placing, 10th overall out of 52 skaters. She is the Vancouver Island Pre-novice Champion and will represent the island at the BC Games, taking place in Mission from Feb 21-23, 2014.