Skaters make an impression

Port Alberni skaters Angel Magnussen and Kennedy Lavertu took to the ice Jan. 29 at the Lynn Hetherington figure skating competition. They skated well and left their mark in Duncan, where the annual event was held.

Port Alberni skaters Angel Magnussen and Kennedy Lavertu took to the ice Jan. 29 at the Lynn Hetherington figure skating competition. They skated well and left their mark in Duncan, where the annual event was held.

For Magnussen it was a whole new experience as she made her debut in the pre-introductory interpretive category with her new coach, Natalie Golbeck.

This is where the 14-year-old shines, said Golbeck: “Angel loves the artistic movement of skating with music. Her passion and creativity are showcased in this new program.”

Standing alone in centre ice, all pretty in pink, skating to Tim McGraw’s My Little Girl (she dedicated the performance to her father), Magnussen got the crowd’s attention and full support. “She was a hit,”says Golbeck. “I am so proud of her.” Magnussen was ecstatic with her skate too.

As for Lavertu, she took the silver medal in the Junior Bronze 12 and under category.

“It was better (her performance) than at regionals,” said her coach, Jamie McGrigor.

This competition was a qualifier to move onto provincials which is held in Cranbrook in March. This is Lavertu’s second year to qualify.

“I am excited,” the skater said. “My goal is to skate my best.”

Both skaters represent Oak Bay which took the club trophy at this event.