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Local Athlete Wins Silver Medal At Ontario STARSkate Championships

David  Gillies

By David Gillies

Local figure skater, Erin Gillies of Stroud competed at the Ontario STARSkate Championships over the weekend of March 15 to 16 in Wellington Ontario. Erin qualified in February at the Central Ontario Championships to compete in Senior Silver Ladies Free Skate and the Silver Ladies Triathlon (a three program combined event). In the Senior Silver Ladies Free Skate, Erin was against the top skaters in her group from across Ontario (Ottawa to Thunder Bay) where she skated a season's best 34.11 points to capture the Silver Medal, a full 4 points over the Bronze Medalist from Scarborough. Erin was less than 4 points from the Gold Medal which was captured by a fellow training partner from Barrie. Later that weekend, Erin competed in the Silver Ladies Triathlon. Going into the last skate of the three skate program, Erin was sitting in 11th spot, but with a near perfect last skate, Erin jumped up several spots to finish 5th overall. Erin Gillies is the younger daughter of David Gillies and Sarah Day of Innisfil and attends Sunnybrae Public School in Stroud. She trains 6 days a week at rinks in Innisfil, Barrie, Bradford and Orillia. Congratulations Erin!!

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