Figure skater Audrey Darrah joins the Island team for the upcoming B.C. Winter Games.

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The Gazette continues our coverage of West Shore athletes who will compete Feb. 25 to 28 in Penticton

Though she’s just 11, Audrey Darrah has developed quite a competitive spirit.

The View Royal resident, who competes in the juvenile women’s freeskate category for the Vancouver Island- Coastal zone at next week’s B.C. Winter Games in Penticton, has enjoyed some success already.

Not only did she secure a spot on the Games team with her solo performance at provincials last fall, she and fellow Racquet Club athlete Christopher

Horwood took third 
in pre-novice dance and performed at the Skate Canada Challenge national event in Edmonton in December.

At the Vancouver Island Regionals at The Q Centre this month, she won the juvenile women’s (under- 12) category.

“It was a good warmup (for the Games),” she said. “It’s good to have a competition like that to get you fired up and in the mood to go for it.”

She credits coaches Deena Beacom (solo) and Matt Willis (dance) for pushing her to be her best. “It’s a hard sport; you really have to work for it,” Audrey said. “You can’t just expect you’re going to be great at it.”

As for the Games, she’s excited to be a part of the Island team, along with clubmates Christopher and Jonathan Horwood.

“I think it’s going to be really fun to meet new people and have some fun and relax,” she said, adding that travelling in a group on a bus, as opposed to car pooling to a competition, will be a fun new experience.

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