As the community was celebrating the home of area ice sports this past weekend, a former Balmertown resident was cinching a top Canadian honour.
Eric Radford and partner Megan Duhamel of Quebec were named 2012 Canadian Figure Skating Champions in the senior pairs event on January 21st after ending their weekend with 190.11 points well ahead of their competitors. This was the duo’s second national competition as a team.
The recently-formed pair team of Jessica Dubé and Sebastien Wolfe also of Quebec won the silver medal with 171.60 points. Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers of the Saskatchewan Section picked up the bronze medal for the second year in a row with 168.84 points.
The national competition was held in Moncton, New Brunswick and saw other well known athletes take titles as Olympians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Western Ontario secured their fourth Canadian title by winning the free dance with a total of 180.02 points and World Champion Patrick Chan of Central Ontario tallied up 101.33 points after a stunning short program performance and was the first to surpass the 100 point mark in a short program.
“That was better than anything either of us has ever dreamed of,” exclaimed Duhamel after the win. “You envision it time and time again but you never know what can happen in that moment.”
Speaking after the event Radford said “From beginning to end we knew – we had the opportunity after the other pairs had skated and it was all about staying in the moment and almost pretending that we were back home doing another run through and I think near the end we knew we had done it…here we are, it is a dream come true.”
The competitors say their goal for the season has been to be one of the top five pairs in the world for this season and will now be focussing their attention on performing well throughout the next set of competitions for the Four Continents title.