Local Novice Level Skater To Represent Northwest Pacific Region at Pacific Coast Sectional Championships

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ikaika Miyata of Shoreline
Ikaika Miyata of Shoreline will represent the Northwest Pacific Region in the Novice Mens Event at the 2013 Pacific Coast Sectional Figure Skating Championships in Provo, Utah, November 9-13, 2012.

The Pacific Coast Section encompasses three regions, Northwest, Central and Southwest Pacific Regions; Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, Utah, Northern California, Nevada, Wyoming, and Arizona. The top four skaters in each event here will advance to the 2013 U.S. National Championships in Omaha Nebraska, January 20-27, 2013.

Ikaika is a 16 year old Junior at Edmonds Heights K-12. He is a Novice level skater, and has been skating for six and a half years. He became the 2012 Northwest Pacific Regional Intermediate Mens Champion under the coaching of Steve Baker. He is currently coached by Amanda and Karel Kovar. His choreographer is Sharon Jones Baker, 1988 Olympic British Ice Dancer. Ikaika is a member of the Everett Figure Skating Club, and trains at the Olympic View Ice Arena in Mountlake Terrace and Comcast Community Ice Rink in Everett. He volunteer coaches in the Learn To Skate program.

At this higher level of skating, it is common for skaters to move away from home to the larger training centers around the country. Ikaika and his family are committed to keeping him close to his roots in Washington, while seeking options closer to home.

When asked about the upcoming competition, Ikaika said, "I am very proud to have the opportunity represent our Region at this big event. This year has been a rebuilding year for me, I’ve been working really hard at impoving my technique on my jumps and spins and I am really pumped and ready to be able to go to Sectionals and skate against some of the best skaters in the Nation.”

A non-profit, tax-deductible fund has been set up for Ikaika (Kai) Miyata to assist directly with his expenses for this Sectionals Championship competition and/or ongoing training, at the New England Amateur Skating Foundation, P.O Box 6881, Providence RI 02940. Specific instructions for donating in his name can be found at www.ikaikamiyata.com or email. A FundRazr campaign has been created for non-tax deductible donations. 


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