Sooke sibling skaters noticed by ISU judges at international competition

Sooke figure-skating siblings Pilar and Leonardo Maekewas are back from the Four Continents Competition.

Sooke figure-skating siblings Pilar and Leonardo Maekewas in Taipei City

Sooke figure-skating siblings Pilar and Leonardo Maekewas in Taipei City

Sooke figure-skating siblings Pilar and Leonardo Maekewas just came back from Taipei City, Taiwan, where they delivered an amazing performance at the Four Continents Competition.

On the short dance they ranked 12th, and placed fourth overall with technical marks. Their free dance was quite good, and they could have moved up with it. Unfortunately, they had a stumble and fell after one of the lifts. This fall costed them two points and moved them down to 14th place. The competition was tight, as there were only two points separating 11th from 14th place.

Over all it was an improvement from last year. They received over 12 points more than last year’s competition, and their presence was noticed by the judges from the ISU (International Skating Union).

For now, regular life resumes. Rehearsals for this year’s ice show “Aladdin” have started, which will be held at  Archie Browning Arena in Esquimalt on March 22 and 23.

The skating duo hopes to train in Detroit with Marina Zoueva (Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s coach), and will be hosting a number of fundraising events.

The Four Continents Figure Skating Competition is open to skaters from all continents and regions except for Europe, sanctioned by the ISU. Skaters from Europe compete at the European Championship, which was held in Budapest, Hungary.

Submitted by Conchita Maekawas