These teams won the Golden Ticket!


Les Suprêmes and Nexxice (on the right) will represent Canada at the World Junior Championships 2020 in Nottingham. (Credits: Sean McKinnon - 2020)

Canada got its 2020 representatives at the World Junior Championships in March. Finishing first and second respectively at Winterfest, the Quebec team Les Suprêmes and Nexxice from Ontario won the famous "world ticket" on Saturday evening. Even with great scores, Nova Junior will still have to wait. In the Senior division, Les Suprêmes claimed the gold title after an intense competition.

Winterfest day two was off to an early start, with the Intermediate second skate. The result did not differ from the first skate - with Golding Ice claiming gold (106.49), Nexxice won silver (100.88) and Evolution was bronze (93.96).

The competition took a brief break for the Junior and Senior free program practices. Several audience members were present as they anticipated some sneak peaks of the program and a preview for the evening.

Golding Ice is leading the Intermediate division. (Credits: Sean McKinnon - 2020)

The next event was the Juvenile championship. Juvenile skaters are under 13 years of age and skate once at each competition. The event began with a brief power outage in the rink, delaying the event by over 40 minutes. That did not stop the first team, Nexxice from giving a flawless and entertaining performance, capturing gold (33.30). Golding Ice claimed their second medal of the event- a silver (30.94) and bronze went to Les Éclypses de Maribel (30.46).

The Open event dazzled the crowd with their unique lifts and popular music selections. Nexxice Open did not disappoint, skating to a rendition of Billie Eilish, they took first in their first performance with 52.43 points. Close behind is Nova, making a return to the open category. They scored 52.10. Third place belongs to Les Pirouettes from Laval (44.80).
The Novice championship event rounded out the afternoon.

Nova rose from fourth to claim the gold medal position (97.30) and Golding Ice took silver (95.42). Leaders after the first skate, Gold Ice- took bronze (92.12).

Impressive human pyramid, presented by Nova Junior in his free program. (Credits: Sean McKinnon - 2020)

The energy in the building was electric as the Junior teams took to the ice, fighting for bids to the 2020 World Junior Championships being held in Great Britain in March.

Les Suprêmes took gold and were named Team Canada 1 (184.96). Nexxice took silver and the title of Canada 2 with their royals themed program. They rounded out the competition with 171.32. Bronze belonged to Nova who skated a powerful performance with a few unfortunate mistakes (147.08).

Les Suprêmes dominated the Senior competition. (Credits: Sean Mckinnon - 2020)

The Senior event was the final of the evening. Excitement was building as Canada now looks forward to having 3 senior teams who have all competed at the World Championships.

Les Suprêmes made a strong return to Winterfest, winning the event with 229.19 points. Silver medalists, Nova skated a beautiful program to the theme of “Fly”, scoring 227.61 to keep themselves in the mix for a spot to 2020 Worlds in Lake Placid.

Nexxice took bronze with their statue theme program scoring 218.31. The next time all three teams meet will be at the Canadian Championships in February, where the national team will be determined based on the result of the competition, and the input from a selection committee.

Results - TOP 3

Winterfest 2020 and Junior World Qualifier
Brampton, ON (CAN)
JAN 10, 2020 - JAN 12, 2020

TEAM Score
1Golding Ice (CAN)37.57
2Nexxice (CAN)32.53
3Evolution (CAN)32.01

TEAM Score
1Les Suprêmes (CAN)229.19
2Nova (CAN)227.61
3Nexxice (CAN)218.31

TEAM Score
1Les Suprêmes (CAN)184.96
2Nexxice (CAN)171.32
3Nova (CAN)147.08

TEAM Score
1Nexxice (CAN)52.43
2Nova (CAN)52.10
3Les Pirouettes (CAN)44.80

Novice A
TEAM Score
1Nova (CAN)97.30
2Golding Ice (CAN)95.42
3Gold Ice (CAN)92.12