Four skaters pass Gold Tests

Four members of the Duncan Skating Club reached a tremendous achievement this fall when they completed their Skate Canada Gold Tests.

Four members of the Duncan Skating Club reached a tremendous achievement this fall when they completed their Skate Canada Gold Tests.

Courtney Vanderstap did the Gold skills, interpretive and dance tests; Baylee Hopwo did the Gold skills and interpretive tests; Anna Brancato did the Gold skills and interpretive tests; and Cecilia Faustino did the Gold skills test.

The dance title alone requires skaters to pass 21 tests. Interpretive requires four tests, and skills requires six tests of three patterns apiece.

“It takes many years for skaters to achieve their gold tests in skating,” coach Lorraine Francisty said. “I would say all of these girls have skate for more than 10 years. They all volunteer to help instruct our Canskaters, which is two hours per week. On average they skate five hours per week.”