Figure skating action heating up at Trinity Placentia Stadium

Nicholas Mercer
Published on March 7, 2014

Some 80 figure skaters have descended on the Trinity Placentia Stadium in Whitbourne today (March 7) for their part of the 2014 NL Winter Games.


Every inch of the arena has been alive with moving bodies and preparations. From vendors at the main entrance to skaters warming up on one of the high rises, there has been no shortage of action.

Skaters were scheduled to start competing at 9 a.m. with the last leaving the ice at almost 8 p.m. tonight.

Things got off to a bumpy start as the first skater was delayed because of a sound problem and the second one was unable to find out her scores until after her competition due to technical difficulties.

But once those were straightened out, the rest of the morning ran smoothly. Skaters effortlessly performed jumps, as well as impressive cuts all over the ice.

Among those who came out to watch the fierce competition was Port de Grave MHA Glenn Littlejohn. He was a coach with the Avalon male hockey team at the last Winter Games in Clarenville in 1994 and is now watching his son, Andrew, compete at the event.

Local skaters Kathryn Petten (Bareneed) and Jenna Efford (Bareneed) have skated, while others like Katie Dawson (Bay Roberts), Allison Walsh (Dunville), Ethan Parsons (Coley's Point), Brianna Russell (Clarke's Beach), Andrew Littlejohn (Bay Roberts) and Toni-Lynn Parsons (Coley's Point) were waiting for their chance.

Petten barely missed a medal in the Star5 (under-13) division when she finished fourth, while Efford sits second after her pre-novice women's division short program.

Efford will skate again this evening.

The Compass was there and grabbed these shots.