(January 15, 2010) – BMO Possibilities Awards are given annually at the conclusion of the BMO Skate Canada Junior Nationals. Each award consists of a $500 BMO training grant and a glass sculpture.

The BMO Possibilities Awards take into account some of the following criteria as evidence during individual performances in any part of the 2010 BMO Skate Canada Junior Nationals.

  • personal best performance
  • performance given in the face of adversity
  • performance that made an impression in the minds of the spectators
  • performance that displayed new and creative skating talent and set new standards or established a new horizon

The awards were presented by the Vice President of Skate Canada, Bill Boland and David Blyth, Vice President, Ontario South West District, BMO Bank of Montreal.

The first winner gave fans at Western Fair two wonderful performances with no mistakes. Fourteen-year-old Jordan Ju from British Columbia /Yukon Section also set a new Canadian record in novice men with 117.35 points.

It’s a long way from skating second in group one to the podium, but 15-year-old Jane Gray from Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Section found a way to do it. With a brilliant performance, she won the free program to finish third overall in the novice women event.

When this team got together less than a year ago, there was a buzz in the air that something great would happen and it did! The 2010 Canadian Junior Dance Champions, 18-year-old Alexandra Paul and 19 year-old Mitchell Islam, demonstrated that their possibilities are endless. Here in London, they dominated the event winning all three parts with accuracy, energy and style.

The final BMO Possibilities Award was given to junior ice dancers, 16-year-oldAbby Carswell and 20-year-old Andrew Dolman of Western Ontario. They had three solid performances in all three areas and with a second place performance in the free dance they created a wonderful overall impression, winning the bronze medal.

The Underhill Martini Scholarship Award is presented each year at the BMO Skate Canada Junior Nationals to a skater or skaters, showing great potential and overcoming adversity on the path to success. Together with a cheque for $500 the winner receives a portrait entitled “Another Dream Begins”.

This is a true story of triumph over adversity, which is in essence what the Underhill/Martini Award is all about. 17- year-old novice dancer Pete Gerber broke his ankle this summer and had to stop all training with his dance partner, 15-year-old Baily Carrol. They got back on the ice and resumed their training schedule to compete at Sectionals and BMO Skate Canada Eastern and Western Challenge and qualify for the BMO Skate Canada Junior Nationals. Just two weeks ago Bailey broke her wrist, and despite the injury they competed well in novice dance finishing fourth overall.

For this accomplishment, the Underhill/Martini Award is presented to this bright young dance team full of potential, Baily Carrol and Peter Gerber.

Paul Martini presented the award on behalf of himself and Barbara Underhill.

Congratulations to all the award winners!
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