Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ice dancers snag gold

The Peninsula ice dancing duo of Tarrah Harvey and Keith Gagnon began the 2009/10 competition season in fine style this month, with a first-place finish in New York.

The pair, who have skated together for 12 years with the White Rock-South Surrey Skating Club, placed first in the compulsory dance event at the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships.

For Harvey and Gagnon, the gold medal in Lake Placid continues what has been a banner 12 months. Last year, the team soared up the international ice dance rankings, winning silver at national championships and finishing fourth and fifth in competitions in Italy and Belarus, respectively. They wrapped up their impressive run with a 12th-place showing at World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Bulgaria.

Closer to home, the White Rock-South Surrey Skating Club's season begins soon, with registration and the annual open house/skate sale scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 10, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Centennial Arena.

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