Alexis Engwerda did what she set out to do, and then some, at the Skate Ontario Championship in Sudbury, on the weekend with improvements to her spins and presentation. Those improvements helped her to land a sixth place finish at the Senior Silver Ladies level.
The 2015 defending Senior Bronze provincial champion, Engwerda did not skate into the current season with expectations of skating at the provincial level again this year (move from Senior Bronze to Senior Silver is fairly hefty). So, while she just missed out on a qualifying spot at EOSIC, she did get the nod for a wild card spot, when the another skater was unable to attend.
“Alexis had a fantastic skate at the Skate Ontario Championships in Sudbury, on the weekend,” says her coach Allison Scott. “She placed sixth out of 18 skaters in the Senior Silver event. I was very proud of Alexis, and how she gave it her all. She landed five of her six jump elements, of which three were double/double combinations. She improved on her spins from the last competition, receiving ‘levels’ on two of the three [a higher score for degree of difficulty], and she also achieved a higher personal report card score than she received at the Eastern Ontario Championships.”
“I was happy with my skate overall,” says Engwerda. “I got the levels in my spins, and my jumps were pretty good. I brought my presentation up, so I was pleased.”
“It was a good experience, and I really enjoyed it.”
“It is always gratifying to see skaters set new goals for themselves each time they compete and achieve them,” says Scott. “We didn’t have any expectations going into this event as we had moved up two levels this season. Therefore we were just so excited we were granted a ‘wildcard’ position to attend the Skate Ontario Championships.”