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Kreft is Provincial Champion

Russell High School Student a
Provincial Figure Skating Champion

(Pictured above: Provincial Juvenile Champion
Daniel Kreft is pictured with his gold medal
at the Skate Ontario Championships in Sudbury.)


Photo Credit: Sean McKinnon

(Pictured above: Russell High School student
Daniel Kreft is pictured competing at the
Skate Ontario Championships.)

By Mark Calder

(Russell) - He has dreamt about it for six years.

Now Daniel Kreft has finally done it – earned a provincial championship.

The 12-year-old Russell High School student earned gold on Saturday in the Juvenile U14 competition at the Skate Ontario Championships in Sudbury. Kreft took top spot with a score of 23.30.

“It feels great,” said the Grade 7 student. “I’ve been wanting this a long time, ever since I began skating.”

The figure skater says this past weekend marked the fourth time he had competed at the provincials. It was an opportunity for him to rebound from a slump last year which saw him stumble on his jumps throughout much of the season. Often during growth spurts, young skaters go through a phase where they must relearn jumps such as the double toe and the double loop to compensate for their change in size – an experience Kreft faced last season. However, with the help of Minto Skating Club coach Gordon Forbes, he was able to overcome it.

“I had a lot more confidence,” he said of the reason for his victory. “I retained all of my jumps and got a lot more consistent with my skating.”

Provincials was the furthest he could go in competition as a Juvenile. Juveniles do not move on to national competition. However, now that he is the Provincial Juvenile Champion the rules require he move up to another category. He is planning to move into the Pre-Novice category. This move will allow him to compete at the Skate Canada Challenge in December - a national-level competition - should he qualify at the Sectional Championships in November.

For his long-term goal he has set his sights high. Kreft wants to become the first Canadian male ever to win both an Olympic gold medal and a world championship.

Among other Upper Canada District School Board students to compete at the provincial event were Rockland District High School student Kiera Yuill, who placed tenth in the Stars5 13&O category, and Kreft’s younger sister Hannah, a Russell Public School student who placed fifth in the Stars5 U10 category.

Posted March 22, 2016




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