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Dec. 17, 2018 | Monday
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NOTL figure skater qualifies for national competition
Kyra Marotta (left) and coach Judi Boyle-Krzeczowski at practice at the Centennial Arena in NOTL. (Austin Broad/Niagara Now)

When Kyra Marotta set her sights on representing the Niagara-on-the-Lake Skating Club at a national level three years ago, she meant business.

Just three years later, at the age of 16, she’s made her dream a reality.

The lifelong Virgil resident finished seventh place at the provincial championships in Oakville this year, booking her a spot at the 2019 Skate Canada Challenge, set to take place in at the Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre in Edmonton from Nov. 28 until Dec. 2.

“She’s super, super excited about it,” said NOTL Figure Skating Club coach Judi Boyle-Krzeczowski.

“She’s been on this goal for about three years now, and her best buddy [Natalie Lee] did it four years ago.”

Boyle-Krzeczowski remembers Marotta watching Lee when she had found out she qualified. “Kyra said she wanted to do that.”

Marotta said she’s “extremely excited” to have the chance to participate in a national competition at such a young age, and is eager to taking on a new challenge.

“I’m looking forward to the chance to get out there and skate with all new people from across the country, and skate in front of a new panel of judges and to just have fun,” she said, during a celebration at the Meridian Credit Union Arena in Virgil on Wednesday.

Competing in the national challenge will be another notch in the belt of the club, and in an already successful career for the young figure skater, who was also the first in the NOTL Skating Club to pass her gold level tests in free-skate, skills, and dance, all in the same season.

She has a strong support system, according to coach Boyle-Krzeczowski, including a dedicated family. “She’s a super hard worker, she trains hard and her parents are totally committed — they put the package together.”

Marotta's friends and family will be cheering her on as she competes. Anyone interested in joining them can watch the live stream of the competition at, https://skatecanada.ca/2019-skate-canada-challenge/.

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