BAY ROBERTS, N.L. — Every time she stepped out on the ice over the last few months, Toni-Lynn Parsons intentions were to just have fun and do her best.
“It was a lot more of not so much competing, just more so enjoying my last year and having fun and making the most of it,” she told The Compass last week.
For the last 10 years, figure skating has remained a constant passion for the 18-year-old from Bay Roberts.
“It’s a way to express yourself through music and movement,” Toni-Lynn replied when asked what she likes about being on the ice.
Her final year as a competitive skater finished off with a bang earlier this spring. Appearing at the Atlantic Canada Skating Championships, held April 6-8 in Elmsdale, Nova Scotia, the Grade 12 student won a gold medal competing in the women’s STAR 6 event. Toni-Lynn won with a program she has performed for the last two years.
“I just went out there going for a clean skate, because I had a rough mid-season, and I didn’t practice for the two weeks prior to going to Atlantics and I had only one practice with my coach before going.”
Her skate indeed proved to be a clean one. Toni-Lynn immediately cried when she saw the judges’ scores for her performance.
“It was my last year, so it was a very emotional thing altogether,” she said. “I didn’t expect to get it, and there were a lot of girls there who were really good and they skate a lot more days of the week. I skate two days a week, and most girls skate six days a week … It was overwhelming. I didn’t think I was going to place.”
Atlantics marked her final competitive performance. Preparing to graduate from Ascension Collegiate and eventually become a licensed practical nurse, Toni-Lynn said she will miss the comradery and fun that’s always been a part of the sport for her.
“I enjoy the practices — all of it, to be honest.”