Cebuana figure skaters lead Team Philippines’ 28 gold medals haul at Skate Asia Malaysia

Dawn Jasmine Gothong Skate Asia Malaysia
Erphy Claire MacKenzie and Dawn Jasmine Gothong shone among competitors in Skate Asia 2022. Photo from SM Skating, Erphy Claire MacKenzie, and Dawn Jasmine Gothong Facebook.

Cebuana figure skaters Erphy Claire MacKenzie and Dawn Jasmine Gothong led Team Philippines’ harvest of 28 gold medals at the Skate Asia 2022 held in Malaysia.

Team Philippines’ delegation of 13 skaters brought home a total of 45 medals, including 28 golds, 13 silvers, and 4 bronze medals from the skating competition held at Sunway Pyramid from August 6 to 14.

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The 7-year-old MacKenzie brought home 6 gold medals from all her events in Freestyle, Footwork, Artistic, Open Freeskate, Solo Competition, and Jump and Spin.

The 9-year-old Gothong earned 5 gold for the Philippines in the following categories: Artistic, Mixed Footwork, Jump and Spin, Technical, and Solo compulsories, and 1 silver in Open Freestyle.

MacKenzie went on Facebook to express her gratitude and joy at the outstanding performance of the Philippine team. She also recalled how she felt during the competition. “At some point, I’m overly excited, but also, people around me could tell I was also nervous. I wanted to win. I came to fight and win for that gold, but mama said, that’s just a plus. It’s how I felt & reacted before, during, and after each of my programs that matter most. I enjoyed each of my performances and apparently, that made me a winner more than anything else. But hard work truly pays off. Six out of six gold medals for myself, my coaches, and my team this time.”

Skate Asia 2022 Team Philippines members were welcomed home last August 20 at the SM Megamall, where the Cebuana figure skaters from the National Developmental Pool of the Philippine Skating Union gave special performances.

Here is the rundown of medals won by Team Philippines at Skate Asia 2022:

  1. Erphy Claire Mackenzie: 6 Gold medals
  2. Dawn Jasmine Gothong: 5 Gold medals, 1 Silver medal
  3. Stacia Katherine Lee: 3 Gold medals
  4. Jodi Catherine Dino: 2 Gold medals, 2 Silver medals
  5. Anicka Shanel Tan: 2 Gold medals, 1 Silver medal, 1 Bronze medal
  6. Eriana Ericka Tan: 2 Gold medals, 1 Silver medal
  7. Shekinah Vianne Angeles: 2 Gold medals, 1 Silver medal
  8. Caitlin Geci Cos: 2 Gold medals, 1 Bronze medal
  9. Sophia Vielle Triste: 1 Gold medal, 2 Silver medals, 1 Bronze medal
  10. Nadine Adrianna How Ong: 1 Gold medal, 2 Silver medals
  11. Nicole Alessandra How Ong: 1 Gold medal, 2 Silver medals
  12. Elisha Rae Villanueva: 1 Gold medal, 1 Bronze medal
  13. Natasha Alisson How Ong: 1 Silver medal

Filipino figure skaters who brought honor to the Philippines include Sofia Frank, the first Filipina in 8 years to book a slot in the Junior Skating Worlds, and Katrina Cruz who won four medals at the ISIAsia Championship Series in Indonesia.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Team Philippines for its 28 gold medals haul at the 2022 Skate Asia Malaysia!

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