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Annapolis athletes set to shine at the Canada Winter Games

Lucie Webber, coach, and figure skater Jessica Cranton are looking forward to their trip to the Canada Winter Games.
Lucie Webber, coach, and figure skater Jessica Cranton are looking forward to their trip to the Canada Winter Games.

BELLEISLE -  Jessica Cranton is set to sparkle on the ice next week in Prince George, BC.

The Bellisle resident is competing next week in the Special Olympics singles level two figure skating at the Canada Winter Games as part of Team Nova Scotia. She is one of two Annapolis athletes representing the province at the Canada Games.

Granville Ferry’s Brenda MacDonald had two great ski runs on Feb.16, competing on Nova Scotia’s Para Alpine Ski team. After a clean run in the morning, she followed up with another one in the afternoon, placing her sixth overall.

Next up from Annapolis, Cranton, 23, says she has always wanted to learn figure skating, but only recently started training. She admits that she finds it challenging and works hard to learn the new skills.

Cranton has prepared her own music and is excited to be going with a Frozen theme, set to sparkle as Ilsa. She will be competing twice, the first round starts Feb. 24 at about 1:20 p.m. (5:20 p.m. in Middleton) and again on Feb. 26 at 2:55 p.m. (6:55 p.m.in Middleton).

It takes years of practice for any figure skater to develop the muscle memory needed to perform a flawless routine, but Cranton has been doing her best to make up for lost time.

“Life is too short not to do the things you love, even if you’re older,” she said. “You have to plan things in a way to reach your goal. It doesn’t matter the difficulties, if what you are doing doesn’t work the goal stays the same. You just change the way you get there. You have to be creative in going after your goals.”

Cranton is a busy lady, juggling her training with her jobs, volunteer work with CanSkate, caring for her pets, and her passion for music. She is also a member of the Annapolis Community Band.

She says while she struggles to faces various challenges in learning new routines, it’s her passion for skating that where she truly finds her edge.  

“When I’m on the ice I’m normal,” she said. “It’s freeing, it’s nice.”

She added that while she’s thrilled to be chosen to represent the province at the winter games, this marks more than one milestone for her. It will be her first plane trip, and her first big skating competition.

Lucie Webber, Cranton’s chaperone and coach, says that she has come a long way in a short time. Webber, a longtime coach, met Cranton last year at a public skate and decided to begin working with her.

“I’d been thinking about coaching Special Olympics and Jessica talked me into it,” she said. “Figure skating is one the few Special Olympics sports that is judged. I think Jessica had an advantage in qualifying for the team because she is more of a performer.”

She added that initially she was surprised by Cranton’s goals, Jessica had said from the beginning that she wanted to compete at a world competition. At that point, she could barely skate.

Yet, winning this bid to represent the province at the Canada Winter Games after only a year of training is an impressive feat for anyone.

Cheryle Gaston-McMullen, Cranton’s manager, says she was chosen to represent the province because she knew her routines so well.

“She was just more prepared than the other skater,” she said. “She started the program last year, but all of her hard work paid off. This is a first of many things for her.”

 

Keep up with Team Nova Scotia with TC Media's coverage.

 

Click  to view TSN’s broadcast schedule for the games.

Click to view the canadagames.tv webcast schedule.

 

The Bellisle resident is competing next week in the Special Olympics singles level two figure skating at the Canada Winter Games as part of Team Nova Scotia. She is one of two Annapolis athletes representing the province at the Canada Games.

Granville Ferry’s Brenda MacDonald had two great ski runs on Feb.16, competing on Nova Scotia’s Para Alpine Ski team. After a clean run in the morning, she followed up with another one in the afternoon, placing her sixth overall.

Next up from Annapolis, Cranton, 23, says she has always wanted to learn figure skating, but only recently started training. She admits that she finds it challenging and works hard to learn the new skills.

Cranton has prepared her own music and is excited to be going with a Frozen theme, set to sparkle as Ilsa. She will be competing twice, the first round starts Feb. 24 at about 1:20 p.m. (5:20 p.m. in Middleton) and again on Feb. 26 at 2:55 p.m. (6:55 p.m.in Middleton).

It takes years of practice for any figure skater to develop the muscle memory needed to perform a flawless routine, but Cranton has been doing her best to make up for lost time.

“Life is too short not to do the things you love, even if you’re older,” she said. “You have to plan things in a way to reach your goal. It doesn’t matter the difficulties, if what you are doing doesn’t work the goal stays the same. You just change the way you get there. You have to be creative in going after your goals.”

Cranton is a busy lady, juggling her training with her jobs, volunteer work with CanSkate, caring for her pets, and her passion for music. She is also a member of the Annapolis Community Band.

She says while she struggles to faces various challenges in learning new routines, it’s her passion for skating that where she truly finds her edge.  

“When I’m on the ice I’m normal,” she said. “It’s freeing, it’s nice.”

She added that while she’s thrilled to be chosen to represent the province at the winter games, this marks more than one milestone for her. It will be her first plane trip, and her first big skating competition.

Lucie Webber, Cranton’s chaperone and coach, says that she has come a long way in a short time. Webber, a longtime coach, met Cranton last year at a public skate and decided to begin working with her.

“I’d been thinking about coaching Special Olympics and Jessica talked me into it,” she said. “Figure skating is one the few Special Olympics sports that is judged. I think Jessica had an advantage in qualifying for the team because she is more of a performer.”

She added that initially she was surprised by Cranton’s goals, Jessica had said from the beginning that she wanted to compete at a world competition. At that point, she could barely skate.

Yet, winning this bid to represent the province at the Canada Winter Games after only a year of training is an impressive feat for anyone.

Cheryle Gaston-McMullen, Cranton’s manager, says she was chosen to represent the province because she knew her routines so well.

“She was just more prepared than the other skater,” she said. “She started the program last year, but all of her hard work paid off. This is a first of many things for her.”

 

Keep up with Team Nova Scotia with TC Media's coverage.

 

Click  to view TSN’s broadcast schedule for the games.

Click to view the canadagames.tv webcast schedule.

 

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