Record-breaking day for Gilles, Poirier and Daleman at Skate Canada Challenge
Event is sole qualifier for national championships in January
Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., and as ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto broke Canadian records Sunday at the Skate Canada Challenge.
In ice dancing, Gilles and Poirier set a national record with 196.58 points. Carolane Soucisse of Chateauguay, Que., and Shane Firus of Barrie, Ont., were second at 167.78 and Haley Sales of Burnaby, B.C., and Nicolas Wamsteeker of Langley, B.C., third at 147.72.
"We made a lot of improvements," Gilles said. "We wanted to build our confidence going into nationals and it was mission accomplished. The Canadian record in just icing on the cake."
In women's competition, Daleman scored 208.85 for national record with Sarah Tamura of Vancouver second at 166.45 and Alicia Pineault of Varennes, Que., third at 147.72.
"There's still so much that be can be improved going into nationals and that's a great feeling," said Daleman. "I focused on this being the final stage before the Canadian championships to determine what's good and what needs to be improved on."
The Skate Canada Challenge is the sole qualifying event for novice, junior, and senior skaters to earn entries to the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships Jan. 16-22 in Ottawa.