by Michael Bascombe
YORK, November 28, 2011
– Grenada made an impressive debut in international figure skating
this month in Italy.
Grenadian figure skater, 14-year-old Oliya
Clarkson recently competed in the Merano Cup, organised under the auspices of
the International Skating Union (ISU).
Clarkson, the youngest competitor, finished
seventh in the Junior Ladies Free Skating Programme and tenth in the Short
Programme. She had a Total Segment Score of 59.11 and a Total Programme
Component Score of 31.28 with no deductions in the Free Skating and a Total
Segment Score of 30.88 and Component Score of 16.40 and again without any
deductions in the Short Programme.
It was her first major international competition
with participating from 22 other nations. It was also Grenada’s first
competition since the Grenada Figure Skating Association (GFSA) was granted provisional
membership in the ISU.
General Secretary of the GFSA, Reena Leschinsky,
who accompanied Clarkson to the Merano Cup, said that the presence of Grenada
created much excitement among the traditional participants.
“They were all very excited to see our participation
and flag at this event,” said Leschinsky. “Oliya created an impact and was
quite noticeable and outstanding, judging from the responses.”
The New York-based Grenadian figure skater is
now preparing for the Istanbul Cup 2011 in Turkey, her second competition in
less than one month. She will be among 15 to compete in the Junior Ladies
category from December 13-18, 2011.
Clarkson has already qualified for the World
Junior Figure Skating Championships in Minsk, Belarus from February 29 to March
4, 2012.



Congratulation to the young Ms. Clarkson !! We in Grenada need more of this type of news to continue to inspire young Grenadians, especially those living in Grenada. It's important that they know that they can achieve anything they put their minds and efforts to... 133 square miles is not a limitation.

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