Keeping the Faith

Cloverdale's Faith Benko earns skating silver at B.C. Winter Games

Cloverdale’s Faith Benko

Cloverdale’s Faith Benko, 11, has won a silver medal in the juvenile women’s category at the B.C. Winter Games. Had she landed her final jump, she may have won gold in Penticton.

“I would have liked to land my last jump, except it wasn’t my day to land it,” she said, adding that it didn’t put a damper on the experience.

“I’d love to do it again. It was a lot of fun.”

Benko, a Grade 7 student at Cloverdale Catholic School, started skating at the age of two and a half at the Cloverdale Arena, and now trains with coach Jill Marie Harvey at Champs International Skating Club in Burnaby.

She’s been travelling around the province and Alberta and Quebec for the past two years, and is looking forward to moving up to Pre Novice level in April, when she heads to the VISI competition in Parksville, B.C.

Benko, who skated to a program that had Arabian princess-themed music, is a member of Skate Canada’s provincial prospect team for 2016 – the second year in a row. She achieved a personal best score on Feb. 6 at the B.C. Coast Region Championships in Chilliwack.

 

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