Sophie Dawe and Brooklyn Puska of Ladysmith are the Fuller Lake Skating Club’s Golden Girls.
Dawe passed her Gold Skills and Puska her Gold Dance on Feb. 15.
It’s a monumental achievement for both skaters that requires considerable practice time and commitment.
Dawe now has two gold tests out of the four. She passed her Gold Artistic last year.
“When passing these tests it’s almost validation that you can achieve your goals and that soon enough you’ll have another gold test passed,” pointed out Dawe.
But she added achieving a gold test can be very stressful, as the system changes quite frequently.
“It means a lot to pass my second gold test at this point because it takes so much effort to even come that far and sometimes during test days you have good and bad days but when you pass it’s a weight off your back.” Dawe indicated. “When test days are coming up you dedicate more than half your time on the ice to whatever test you are taking – at least I do. You and your coaches want to feel as confident as possible before the day arrives that you have to perform your skills, dance, free skate, or artistic to the judges.”
Puska previously passed her Gold Skills in November of 2019. She became the third youngest skater in club history at the time to attain a gold test next to Riley Buckner and Jazmin Wheeler.
Being on the ice has always been second nature to Puska since she started skating at the age of two.