Skaters McDonald and Marchand take gold at provincials

The Richmond Skating Club sent four skaters to the Pictou Wellness Centre in New Glasgow for the Nova Scotia STARSkate Provincials, and the women did their club proud. Pictured here are (from left) Brooklyn Carter, silver ribbon; Keira Landry, bronze ribbon; Adrienna Marchand, gold medal; and Meaghan McDonald, gold medal.

LOUISDALE: Small but mighty, the Richmond Skating Club visited the Nova Scotia STARSkate Provincials on the weekend of February 23, and four local skaters left quite an impression on the judges.

Senior skaters Meaghan McDonald (STAR 5 Women Over-13) and Adrienna Marchand (STAR 6 Women) both took gold in their divisions, beating out skaters from Halifax, Bridgewater, Dartmouth, and several other communities.

With them, Brooklyn Carter and Keira Landry gave impressive performances in the Star 1 category, as Carter received a silver ribbon and Keira Landry received a bronze ribbon.

Coach Johanna MacDonnell was left beaming.

“Meaghan has been a part of the club for a while now,” the coach said. “I skated with her back when I was still competing. It has been a pleasure to watch her grow and now pass my knowledge of the sport on to her. It is so nice to see that my help along with her skill can bring home a gold medal.

“Adrienna is also a long-time member of the club, and I skated with her as well. She puts so much heart into her skating. Although she’s hard on herself, a gold at provincials definitely shows how dedicated she is.”

MacDonnell was equally happy to see the younger members doing so well.

“This was Brooklynn’s first-year figure skating, and she managed to take home a silver. She has come a long way in a short time and is definitely going places.

“Keira has moved up this year to our Junior program and got a bronze at her first competition. She is a very talented skater and very particular about her moves. I can’t wait to see where her hard work takes her.”

Provincials took place at the Pictou Wellness Centre. Of course, long drives are kind of the order of the day for Coach MacDonnell, as she lives about an hour and a half from the club. With that, working full-time in addition to coaching has made MacDonnell a busy woman.

Right now, MacDonnell is coaching eight skaters.

“The low numbers of the club are also an obstacle as ice time is not cheap,” she said. “So if you see our girls around doing a fundraiser, please know you are giving to amazing athletes who take pride in what they do. There is a lot of talent at our little club, and we appreciate all the help we can get.”

The club will be putting on its annual ice show on March 9 at the Richmond Arena. The event begins at 6 p.m. The event will be a great show, MacDonnell said.

“We have a routine that our CanSkaters will be doing, along with our provincial champions who will be performing their award winning solos,” she said. “All of the skaters at the club will be participating.”

She encourages locals to come out for an hour of entertainment and to support the club.