Taylan Dennis started skating at two and took her first Skate Canada test at seven.
Now in Grade 11 at VSS, Dennis has achieved the prestigious quad gold status, passing 37 exams with no retries allowed. She made the grade in gold skills, freeskate, dance and interpretive.
The 16-year-old has won several medals over the years with the Vernon Skating Club, while participating in countless ice shows and skating with Olympian Kurt Browning.
The smiling blond skates six days a week with the Vernon, Armstrong and Kelowna clubs, and has been coached by Kelly Kirby, Heather Stranks and Brittney Novakowski.
“My biggest highlight was just recently landing my triple loop jump for my coach Kelly Kirby,” said Dennis. “She will be sadly missed but never forgotten and I wish her the best in Alberta.”
Dennis, whose mom, Nancy, has been a longtime volunteer in many capacities with the figure skating club, placed fourth in the B.C. Junior Silver Ladies last season.
Dennis recently earned her Juvenile judging ticket and will compete in Gold Ladies next season, skating a powerful program to the theme of the Godfather.
“I’m going to take a break from skating this summer and go to Africa to help build a school,” said Dennis. “When I graduate, I would like to become a sports psychologist and achieve my coaching status.
“I really have to thank my family, coaches and fellow skaters for all their support over the years.”