OTTAWA – Second-year partners Brooke McIntosh of Toronto and Benjamin Mimar of Terrebonne, Que., broke their Canadian junior record to win the gold in pairs on Tuesday at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships.
McIntosh and Mimar took their first national junior title with 155.95 points which bettered their previous national mark of 152.68 set at the Skate Canada Challenge in December.
Summer Homick and Marty Haubrich of Ontario were second at 136.24 and Emy Carignan and Bryan Pierro of Quebec were third at 133.85.
‘’We are really happy with today’s skate,’’ said McIntosh, whose younger sister Summer also broke a national mark in swimming at the Tokyo Olympics last year. ‘’We thought we performed pretty well and accomplished most of our goals.’’
In ice dancing, Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell of Toronto won both the rhythm dance and free dance to finish with a personal best 175.03 points. Nadiia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont of Ajax, Ont., were runners-up for the second straight junior nationals with 170.79 and Miku Makita of Anmore, B.C., and Tyler Gunara of Burnaby, B.C., were third at 163.00.
‘’We were pretty happy with how we skated today,’’ said D’Alessandro. ‘’I just tried to keep the world juniors qualification out of mind or else I get even more nervous, I just try to trust the training that we did. But of course, we’d love to go back to that competition.’’
D’Alessandro and Waddell were 11th at the 2020 World Juniors. The next world juniors are March 7-13 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the junior skaters here at battling for spots on that team.
Competition continues Wednesday with the junior men’s and women’s short programs. The free skates are on Thursday.