Local figure skater Trina Dykstra-MacPherson is in the top-50 pre-novice skaters in Canada after competing at the 2017 Skate Canada Challenge in Pierrefonds, QC November 30 to December 1st. Dykstra-MacPherson, 15, was one of three from eastern Ontario competing in the national event.
“Trina handled the pressure of this competition like a seasoned veteran,” Louise Dimmick, one of the two trainers who work with Dykstra-MacPherson told The Leader.
“She laid down two clean programs with two near personal best performances.”
The event was judged and officiated by national and international figure skating officials.
“I was not nervous for the short program,” said Dyskstra-MacPherson. “That went OK, not my personal best but it was good. I was nervous for the long program.”
In the short program, she scored 24.40, one point off her personal best. For her long program, she scored 44.04, for a total of 68.44 points. This placed her in the top-50 skaters in the pre-novice level, 44th overall, in her final year at the level. Dykstra-MacPherson will move up to the Novice level next season, which begins in April 2017.
“I think ultimately that this was an awesome experience and motivator for Trina’s next challenges at the Novice competitive level,” said Dimmick.
Skaters qualified through their section to compete in the Skate Canada Challenge. Dykstra-MacPherson did so at Sectionals in Napanee November 13th.
“I like challenging myself and my abilities,” she said. “I hope to make Nationals next year.”
Dykstra-MacPherson trains year round, twice a week in Ottawa, and practices two-to-three days a week in Morrisburg. She is also involved with the CanSkate program.
Outside of figure skating, Dykstra-MacPherson is a member of the Morrisburg Leos service club.
A student at St. Joseph Catholic Secondary in Cornwall, she has competed on that school’s cross-country running team for the last two years, while maintaining a 95 per cent academic average this semester.