It was a very successful weekend (January 11-13) for figure skaters from the Cochrane Skating Club. 

The skaters took to the highway and travelled to Invermere, British Columbia to compete for the first time as a club at the East Kootenay Invitational.Pictured is Bronze medalist Star 2 Feiyha McLean

Competing against roughly 300 other skaters, Coach Karen Allison shares the girls did extremely well. "We had a good weekend overall, and we had quite a few skaters attending all the way from Level STAR 1 all the way up to Level STAR 6. It was a different event for us as it was in the BC section and so they had some events that we normally don't see anymore here in Alberta like Elements and Solo Dance events. In the end, we had lots of podium finishes, some gold ribbons for the younger levels, and some personal best scores, so overall a really great weekend."Pictured is Bronze medalist STAR 4 U13 Alexis Brassington

Back at the start of the season, when Allison and team were planning out which competitions the club would partake in, she thought it was a rational request to bring forth to the skaters and their families for feedback. "At the beginning of the season I saw the event on the schedule under the BC section, and because it was Invermere and only being a three-hour drive, I thought it was a reasonable location. I knew their events would be a little bit different than what we see at our competitions here in Alberta and they are actually less expensive, so I thought there were a few reasons to give a BC competition a try and I think we will look at it again next year."

The skaters certainly don't have a lot of downtime in between competitions as their season now picks up momentum. "Our next event is Rocky Mountain House, and that is February 8,9, and 10th, and we have a smaller group attending that one. Then we have the Lethbridge competition first weekend in March, and then at the end of March, is the STARSkate championships which are provincials for STAR skaters. So a couple more competitions and then the big one where everyone wants to have their best skating at."

For coaches, seeing how hard the skaters work on the ice is always impressive even if they never achieve a 'top spot'. Learning to give it their best effort is a message they consistently drive home to the figure skaters. "As individual athletes competing in such a difficult sport and judged sport it is super important to set realistic goals for your self and also do the mental training that is involved because you can only control what you can control. You have to let go of the other things, the environment, the ice, what the judge's opinion is, and you have to let that go. You have to stay focused on your skating and doing what you're able to do because at the end of the day you just want to feel really good about what you did and if you don't skate the way you want you will use that as motivation at your next event."


Results from the East Kootenay Invitational are as follows:


  • Katelynn Kurkowsky-bronze 
  • Laurel Bieber-?  
  • Paige Shiner-merit 


  • Feiyah McLean-bronze
  • Piper Halliday-bronze 
  • Jocelyn Peters-gold


  • Bentley Halliday-Bronze
  • Feiyah McLean-bronze
  • Piper Halliday-bronze



  • Clair Moore-Bronze 
  • Ellie Allison-silver 
  • Mackenzie Cann-Gold



  • Ellie Allison-gold 



  • Piper Halliday-silver 
  • Bentley Halliday-bronze
  • Feiyah McLean-bronze 


U 13 STAR 4 

  • Alexis Brassington-bronze
  • Kaitlyn Eiserman-Gold  
  • Lauren Roswell-6th



  • Alexis Brassington- bronze 
  • Kaitlyn Eiserman-bronze 



  • Kaitlyn Eiserman-gold
  • Lauren Roswell-4th 



  • Abigail Cabot-10th 
  • Evelyn Archibald- 4th 
  • Taylor Kaarto-9th 



  • Evelyn Archibald-11th
  • Taylor Kaarto-12th



  • Alexis Brassington-4th
  • Taylor Kaarto-5th



  • Kaitlyn Eiserman-Gold 



  • Alexis Brassington-8th
  • Evelyn Archibald-7th 



  • Abigail Cabot-4th
  • Taylor Kaarto-10th 


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