Brenden Thew has been around figure skating all his life. Thew grew up at the rink in The Pas, Manitoba, where his mom was a coach. It was there that he first started skating.
The 10-year-old pre-juvenile men’s skater will step onto the ice at the CN Centre Thursday as one of the first skaters of the 2005 BC/Yukon Sectionals Championship.
Thew is hoping to have a little Hogwarts magic on his side when he steps onto the ice decked out as Harry Potter.
“I’m excited about it,” said Thew, who skates with the Spruce City Figure Skating Club. He’s coming off a first place finish at the Williston Meet, which was held in Vanderhoof earlier this month.
“I skated a good program. I landed all of my jumps except for one,” said Thew, who judging figure skating and hockey. He plays goal in the Atom Club division.
In only his second year of competitive skating, Thew has shown he has the skills for the sport with a second place finish at the SaskSkate.
Before the season is over Thew is hoping to test for juvenile men’s and has been working on getting his skills, which includes landing a double, Salchow, flip, toe loop and a single axle.
SPFSC coach Leslie Farr said that Thew is a dedicated skater.
“He’s a bit of a perfectionist and that’s what makes him so strong. He’s a little hard on himself,” said Farr. “Right now he’s on the top of his game. He’s been doing a lot of simulation practice to get ready for the Sectionals.”
Thew will be looking to improve on his sixth place-finish last season. But he’ll have a bit of a wait to know his fate. With the new judging system in place, along with the video replay, results won’t be announced immediately.
“I will have to wait for three hours to get my results. That’s a long time,” said Thew.
The new judging system has its positives and negatives said Farr.
“It’s going to take some time to work through all the kinks with the judging. There is still some inconsistency with it but it will come,” said Farr.
The BC/Yukon Sectionals get underway today with a practice day. Competing will begin on Thursday and run through Sunday at the CN Centre.