Ice dancers eye Sectionals


NEW GLASGOW — Two ice dancers who were looking for partners have found themselves working toward success at this weekend’s Skate Canada Nova Scotia Sectional figure skating championships in Amherst.

Jailyn Elliott from New Glasgow and Dawson Munro from Gaspereau, N. S. have been a skating duo for about a year and a half. Both say they are enjoying the partnership.

“I can trust him during lifts,” Elliott said.

“We both did ice dancing and were without partners,” Munroe said. “She’s fun to skate with. She doesn’t complain.”

Both skaters have taken advantage of the ice time provided by the Mariposa East Figure Skating Club at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

They are coached by Rob Fraser, who is from New Glasgow and recently returned there after coaching for years in Toronto.

The Sectionals are essential for skaters wishing to progress toward the various divisions available to skaters of a certain age and skill as part of the Canadian Figure Skating Championships, whose 2019 edition is taking place from January 13 to 20 in Saint John, N.B.

Divisions at Sectionals include Pre-Novice, Novice, Pre-Juvenile and Juvenile, as well as Star 7 during competition on Saturday and Sunday.

Meanwhile, Skate Canada Nova Scotia is hosting a seminar from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on November 24 at the Wellness Centre featuring Skate Canada’s Nicole Brady and Heather McMahon.

Dawson Munro holds his ice dancing partner Jailyn Elliott during a practice lift at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. (Goodwin photo)