Katherine Karon, a 14-year-old from Windsor, Ont., ranked 12th out of 18 competitors in the novice women's category at this year's National Skating Championships.
"It was a fun experience and I got to see all my friends and it was exciting," Karon said. "I wasn't really looking for what placement I got. I was more trying to have a good skate for me."
She said the competition was unlike any other she's been in before.
"It was very professional, " she said. "Lots of seats all around. There was no glass on the board. The ice was all white with the logo. Lots of judges."
Karon's mother Peiling Huang is proud of her daughter's performance. She drives Karon to every training — even ones as far as Hamilton.
Karon isn't the only Windsorite competing at this year's nationals.
Jake Ellis of South Windsor Skating Club placed 6th in the novice men's category.
Alison Schumacher, Abby Bouma, Kieran Thrasher and Rubie Diemer — of Windsor-Essex — are also competing in the competition.
Karon hopes to compete again next year in the junior women's category.
The competition, held at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre in Mississauga, Ont., runs until Jan. 19.