North Kawartha Skating Club presents “For the Love of Music” carnival

Canadian Bronze Medalists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier will perform at the North Kawartha Skating Carnival on March 24 at the North Kawartha Community Centre. Photo by Melanie Hoyt, via North Kawartha Community Centre.

APSLEY — The North Kawartha Skating Club presents “For the Love of Music” Sat, March 24. 2012, at 2 pm at the North Kawartha Community Centre.

Local skaters from the North Kawartha Skating Club will be taking the ice to various styles of music that they love. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for Seniors and Students, Free for children 6 and under.

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Featuring guest skaters Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, the 2012 Canadian Ice Dance Bronze Medalists.

Paul Poirier and Vanessa Crone were Ice Dance Skating partners for 10 years.

In 2010, they placed 2nd at Canadian Nationals, securing them a spot on the team for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. They placed 14th at the Olympics and later in the season at Worlds, they enjoyed a 7th place finish. 2011 saw Paul and Vanessa win Nationals and then they later placed 10th at Worlds.

They split following Worlds in 2011 and Paul teamed up with Piper Gilles a few months later. Prior to their pairing, Piper, who is from the States, competed on the Junior stage where she has a Silver and two Bronze medals at American Nationals.

She skated at the World Junior Championship in the 2009-2010 season where she and her partner placed 9th. After Paul and Piper paired up, their first major competition came in December at the Canadian Challenge, where they won first place by a large margin, ensuring their spot at the National competition, competing against the best skaters in Canada.

At Nationals, being a newly formed team, they surprised everyone and won the bronze medal. Unfortunately, because Piper has not received her release from the States yet, they cannot go to Worlds this year, but with another strong showing at Nationals next year, they will secure their spot at the 2013 World Championship in London, ON.

Piper is receiving her release from the States in April and Paul and Piper will be on the Canadian team for the Grand Prix circuit in the 2012-2013 season. We have been lucky enough to secure Paul and Piper to skate at the 2012 North Kawartha Skating Carnival on March 24th at the North Kawartha Community Centre.

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