Brianna Hagen performs her skate at the 2014 Kla How Ya Interclub event on Sunday morning.

Brianna Hagen performs her skate at the 2014 Kla How Ya Interclub event on Sunday morning.

Kla How Ya takes over Jim Ciccone Arena

Hagen, Ward, McNabb among Rupert’s top talent as Kitimat’s Abercrombie takes women’s gold interpretive skate

The music of Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson and more distinctive artists filled the Jim Ciccone Arena on Sunday morning to celebrate the finale of the Kla How Ya Interclub meet, hosted by the Prince Rupert Skating Club.

And it was a comfortable third-place finish for Mickaela Ward and Brianna Hagen in the silver and gold women’s interpretive skates, respectively, to cap off a successful event for all members of the Prince Rupert skating club over the weekend.

Amy McNabb represented Rupert with her strong performance in group two of bronze women’s interpretive as well.

A panel of judges took over the visitor’s bench of the hockey arena and skaters from Prince Rupert, Terrace, Smithers, Hazelton, Houston, Kitimat, Vanderhoof, Quesnel and Prince George all took in the Kla How Ya – an annual showcase of the top figure skaters in Northwest B.C.

Swift’s Shake it Off and a Jackson compilation including Thriller had the audience applauding for every salchow, axel, flip and toe jump the talented young skaters were displaying.

Along with McNabb, Hagen and Ward, Wiccem Toye-Oesch skated in STAR 1 – boys and girls group one for Prince Rupert; Renee Charlton followed with a skate in STAR 1 – boys and girls group two; and Jessica Slocombe participated in STAR 2 – girls group one.

Becca Phillips showed her stuff in STAR 2 – girls group three, skating with fellow Rupertites Emily Hartling and Emily Horne, while McNabb also took part in STAR 4 – girls 13 and over. Ward competed in STAR 5 – girls 13 and over and Slocombe also skated in Elements 1 – group one.

Elements 1 – group three found McNabb taking to the ice once again and Ward followed her in Elements 2 – group two.

On the final day, Phillips finished fourth in Pre-Introductory Interpretive – group three while Hartling and Horne both withdrew from the same group.

Ward’s 29.71 score for the Silver Women’s Interpretive was a crowd-pleaser as was Hagen’s 37.50 score in the gold.

Taking gold with a score of 40.88 was Kitimat’s Snow Valley Skating Club’s Candace Abercrombie with the winner of Silver Women going to Jesse Thandi of Terrace.

Chantal Gammie from Smithers was the runner-up in Silver while in Gold, Samantha Follows took second and Katie Ball withdrew from the category.