The long routine was featured today to close out the Figure Skating competitions at the Gary W Harris Canada Games Centre, and Alberta earned an additional three medals, two gold medals, and one bronze medal.

Skating in the Singles Novice Men event, Matthew Newnham, 16, of St. Albert, AB, came back from the fourth position after the short routine, delivering an impressive skate jumping to the top position. The 15-year-old athlete from St. Alberta, AB, executed a performance worthy of 91.54 points, more than 15 points ahead of the second-best routine of the night, to combine a score of 130.23 points. The long program performance tonight represents the best score of his young career, surpassing his previous mark of 88.17 points.

In the Dance Novice event, the Alberta duo of Isabel McQuilkin and Jake Portz sat in first place after the short routine with 32.06 points. The duo skated to a 61.38-point routine to combine a score of 93.38 points for the bronze.

Kaiya Ruiter of Calgary, AB, who is only 12 years of age, was the top-seeded skater of the Singles Novice Female heading into the long program. Ruiter posted a score of 49.96 points in the short program, had an 8.7 points lead entering the second of two skates. She delivered an almost perfect program tonight to earn 76.03 points, cumulating a total score of 125.91 points.

Earlier in January, Ruiter won the 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in the category, scoring 139.57 points, the current Canadian Record in the event.