A figure skater from River East Collegiate punched her ticket to Regina.
With a third-place showing in the pre-novice singles category at the 2014 Skate Canada Manitoba Sectional Championships at the Veterans’ Memorial Arena in Stonewall on Nov. 1 and 2, Nicole Rogowsky will move on to compete at the Skate Canada Challenge in Regina from Dec. 4 through 8.
East St. Paul’s Rogowsky posted a seventh-place finish in the short program and was third in the long program to earn a bronze medal when all was said and done.
"I thought it went really well. I really enjoyed performing my program," said the Grade 10 student.
Rogowsky’s short program is fairly new, as she only began working on it this past spring, while she has performed her long program for approximately two years.
"(The short program) came together fairly quickly. There were a few bumps, but as I competed more and I watched myself continue, I looked at things and I’d see how to fix them," Rogowsky said.
Rogowsky, a member of the Stony Mountain Figure Skating Club, was one of the last skaters to compete on the weekend, and said she’s not affected by seeing the competition unfold in front of her.
"I just like to cheer them on. I have to keep myself positive, keep myself focused on what I need to do in my program," she said.
In addition to the Skate Canada Challenge, Rogowsky will also compete at the 2014 Power Smart Manitoba Winter Games, which will be held in Winkler, Morden, and the R.M. of Stanley from March 2 through 8. She said there’s still plenty she can work on to sharpen up her routines in advance of these competitions.
"Before the (Skate Canada) Challenge, I’m going to work on consistency of jumps, just cleaning up my spins, making sure I have enough rotations to make sure I get all I can get in points," she said.
Rogowsky is no stranger to the Manitoba Winter Games, having competed in Portage la Prairie in 2010.
She would love to qualify for the Olympics one day, but said there are still several other pinnacles to reach before competing on that stage.
"It’s definitely a dream to go to the Olympics, but we have to see what happens," Rogowsky said. "I’m just going to go as far as I can and see where I end up."