North Vancouver's Emily Millard performs in the junior women's
at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships
held last week in
Mississauga. photo supplied Danielle Earle Photography
by Andy Prest, North Shore News
North Vancouver’s Emily Millard scored big in her first shot at the
junior women’s division at the Canadian Tire National Skating
Championships, winning silver at the event held last week in
The 15-year-old Handsworth student won bronze in the novice women’s
division in 2019 but bumped up to silver after making the jump to junior
“It was an honour to be on the national junior podium and receive my
medal from (retired world champion) Kaetlyn Osmond,” Millard told the
North Shore News. “Moving up from novice to junior this year was a big
step and I was working hard and training all year to be ready for this. …
My parents and younger brothers were in the audience to watch. I have
received so much support from my family, coaches, BC Skating volunteers,
friends and teachers so I was happy to have a good result when it
Millard was in fourth place following the short program but vaulted up to second place following her long program (click here
to see Millard's long program - her performance begins at the 2:10:27
mark). She fell once in the short and once in the long, both times while
attempting her most difficult jump, the triple lutz, but landed several
more big jumps and combinations throughout her routines.
“I was frustrated that I fell on my triple lutz because I have been
landing it consistently in practice, but I was proud that I didn’t let
this mistake early in my program let me lose focus on delivering the
rest of the elements in the program and giving a good performance for
the audience,” she said.
Calgary’s Kaiya Ruiter finished first with a Canadian record total
score of 174.83, followed by Millard at 143.31 at Ontario’s Kristina
Ivanova at 142.73.
Millard trains with coach Joanne McLeod at the Champs International
Skating Centre of B.C. in Burnaby. Known as a powerful athlete and
jumper, Millard was pleased with the progress she made over the past
year in the artistic side of the sport.
“I had a chance to watch the video commentary (from nationals) later
in the day, and it was nice to hear some positive comments about my
performance and expression,” she said. “This is an area that I have been
working very hard on with my coach Joanne McLeod and choreographers
this year based on the feedback that I received last year.”
Millard said she’s back at school this week catching up on homework,
ready to get back into a normal training schedule to prepare for the
2020-21 skating season.
“I hope that I will earn another opportunity to represent Canada at an international competition this year,” she said.