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Young St. Anthony figure skaters qualify for provincials

ST. ANTHONY, NL – After another season of hard work, three young St. Anthony skaters are heading to provincial figure skating championships.

Northern Blades Figure Skating Club members Erin Strangemore, 10, Mackenzie Patey, 15, and Basia Krupski, 12, have each qualified for Skate Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Skating Championships on Feb. 16 in Mount Pearl.

It will be the first time the three girls – who have been figure skating since they were toddlers – will participate in the event.

They told the Northern Pen they’re excited for it.

According to coach Rae-Lynn Strangemore, Northern Blades figure skaters have qualified for provincials before, but three is the most the club has ever sent to the tournament at one time.

They are also the youngest to have qualified from the club.

“They’ve done phenomenal this year,” said Strangemore. “They’ve skated really well and worked really hard. They’re here just about every day.”

Erin, Mackenzie and Basia qualified with strong finishes in the divisional held in Port aux Basques on Jan. 14.

Erin and Basia will compete in the Star Four Under-13 category, while Mackenzie will be skating in Star Four Over-13 in Mount Pearl.

Erin says she wants to finish in the top eight “at least.” Mackenzie says she wants to do well, and Basia says her plan is to “just do it.”

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