CALGARY – Ice dancers Layla Veillon and Alexander Brandys of Ilderton, Ont., opened Sunday’s free skates at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in the novice division with a golden performance.
Veillon and Brandys took the title with 104.86 points. Dana Sabatini-Speciale and Nicholas Buelow of Barrie, Ont., were second at 102.68 and Kaitlyn Ho and Daniel Yu of Calgary were third at 90.53.
Hetty Shi of Mississauga, Ont., took the women’s title with 131.71. Kara Yun of Burnaby, B.C., hung on to second spot with 123.88 and Abbie Baltzer of Hamilton climbed to third at 122.74.
It was a close battle for gold in pairs but Ava Kemp and Yohnatan Elizarov of Winnipeg stayed in first with 95.46. Lilly Napier and Joshua Dore of Ottawa won the free skate but remained second at 94.14 and Jessie Sun and Victor Lum of Richmond, B.C., were third at 71.05.
The men’s free skate closed the session with David Shteyngart of Ottawa posting a decisive victory with 131.84 points. Edward Nicholas Vasii of Rivière-des-Prairies, Que., jumped from fourth to second with 122.66 and Jacob Cote of Dartmouth, N.S., moved from sixth to third with 199.31.