Young Winchester skater collects gold level athletic award at Kingston luncheon

Seen in photo above: Joelle Ménard. Zandbergen photo.

KINGSTON — Joelle Ménard of Winchester was the recipient of the 2016-17 Skate Canada Section STARSkate Athlete Award at a luncheon in Kingston on May 7.

Leanne van der Zweep, coach of the award winning teen, nominated Ménard for the recognition.

According to Skate Canada, The winner of this award reflects the essence of the STARSkate program including participation, achievement, personal success, displays spirit and passion for the sport , strive for new goals, achieve balance within skating and other areas of life,  giving back to the sport by assisting at club level; an athlete who has passed at least one complete test certificate in at least 3 disciplines within the Skate Canada STARSkate program.

Ménard has competed in 5 competitions this season including the Provincial Championships in Port Colbourne, where she finished 16th overall in Ontario.

This season,  Ménard also completed 3 Gold level disciplines to conclude all 4 achievements possible for skaters which include; Skills (won in 2015), FreeSkate, Dance and Interpretive.  Ménard is the first skater at the Winchester Skating Club to achieve all 4 Gold disciplines.

This is  Ménard’s third award at the Skate Canada – section level.

In 2007 she won the CanSkater of the Year and in 2015 she won the Coaches Inspiration Award.

Seen in above photo: Barb, Joelle, and Dominic Ménard at the awards luncheon in Kingston. Submitted photo

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