Oakville students competing at National Skating Championships

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Oakville students competing at National Skating Championships
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Linda Nazareth

Linda Nazareth

An economist, author and broadcaster, Linda is also the Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Change at think tank The Macdonald-Laurier Institute. Linda lives in Oakville with her husband and daughter. She campaigned in the 2014 Municipal Election for Ward 5.

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Thanks to strong finishes at the Skate Canada Challenge in Edmonton, two Oakville high school students will be heading to the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships next month.

Oakville National Canadian Championships Skaters

  1. Madeline Schizas -15 years-old
  2. Natalie Walker – 15 years-old

Competing against forty-two skaters from across the country, Schizas earned the bronze medal in Edmonton. From White Oaks Secondary School, the grade 10 student Madeline Schizas skated her long program to music from ‘Miss Saigon’. In order to take a place on the podium, Schizas impressed the judges with her artistry and technical skills.

“It was exciting” Madeline said. “It was my first national medal and I want another one in January”.

Schizas is particularly happy to land her first clean ‘triple flip’ jump in competition, one of only a handful of seen in Edmonton. “It is one of the most difficult jumps and it is a risk, but I felt confident. I had trained hard enough to pull it off” she continued.

At the Ontario Sectionals qualifying event Natalie Walker was a silver medalist. Later, Natalie Walker finished in twelfth place at the Skate Canada Challenge in Edmonton. Her long program was a fast-paced skate to the music of ‘La La Land’.

“I felt very happy that my hard work had paid off” said Natalie the Grade 10 student from Oakville Trafalgar High School. “Now I can’t wait to get to Nationals and get the chance to compete again.”

Both girls have worked extremely hard this year according to their Coach Nancy Lemaire of the Milton Skating Club.

“Going to nationals in Junior Ladies is an accomplishment,” stated Coach Lemaire.

“Internationally the bar has been raised in ladies skating and there is a lot of pressure on Canadian skaters to raise their game. Both Maddie and Natalie have pushed themselves to get where they are,” she continued.

About National Skating Championships

The Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships will be held from January 13-20, 2019 in Saint John, New Brunswick.

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