Paige Lawrence

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Paige Lawrence
Paige LAWRENCE Rudi SWIEGERS Skate Canada 2010.jpg
Lawrence/Swiegers in 2010.
Personal information
Country represented Canada
Born (1990-02-22) February 22, 1990 (age 24)
Kipling, Saskatchewan
Home town Kennedy, Saskatchewan
Height 1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)
Former partner Rudi Swiegers
Coach Patricia Hole, Lyndon Johnston
Choreographer Bernard Ford, Lance Vipond, Tammy McKay
Skating club Wawota FSC
Training locations Virden, Manitoba
Ellenton, Florida
Began skating 1994
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 168.88
2014 World
Short program 59.84
2014 World
Free skate 113.54
2013 Four Continents

Paige Lawrence (born February 22, 1990) is a Canadian pair skater. With former partner Rudi Swiegers, she is the 2011 Four Continents bronze medalist and a four-time Canadian national bronze medalist (2011–2014.)

Personal life[edit]

Lawrence was born in Kipling, Saskatchewan to owners of a rodeo production company and competed in barrel racing in her youth.[1][2] Her mother was also a figure skater and her father played ice hockey.[2]

In 2009, Lawrence began studying part-time at Brandon University, majoring in kinesiology.[2]

Skating career[edit]

When Lawrence was four years old, her parents enrolled her in ice skating, one of few activities in their small town.[2] In the summer of 2005, she began pair skating with Rudi Swiegers, who was seeking a partner who jumped in the same direction as him, a rarity at their club.[2] Although Lawrence is right-handed, she is a clockwise jumper like Swiegers.[3]

Lawrence/Swiegers had a slow start in the junior ranks, placing 14th at Junior Nationals in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, however, they moved up to 2nd at the junior level and received several international assignments for the 2008–09 season. They were eighth and fifth at their two junior Grand Prix assignments before finishing fourth at the 2009 World Junior Championships. They also skated to a fourth place finish the senior division at Canadian Nationals.[2]

In the 2009–10 season, the pair moved up to seniors. They were seventh at the 2009 NHK Trophy, their sole Grand Prix event. They dropped to sixth at Canadian Nationals, and received no further assignments for that season.

Lawrence/Swiegers started the 2010–11 season at the 2010 Skate Canada International, where they won their first international medal, a bronze. They followed this with a fifth-place finish at the 2010 Cup of Russia. At the 2011 Canadian Nationals, they made several mistakes in the long program to drop from second after the short program down to third place; however, this was their first podium finish at the event as seniors.[4] Lawrence/Swiegers were named to the Canadian team for the 2011 Four Continents Championships; they finished second in the short program and fourth in free skating, setting personal bests in both segments, and won the bronze medal.

In late December 2011, Lawrence sustained a concussion in a training accident.[5] The next month, the pair competed at the 2012 Canadian Championships, where they won their second national bronze medal.

Lawrence and Swiegers announced the end of their partnership on May 8, 2014.[6]

Programs[edit]

With Swiegers

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2013–2014
[1]
  • Olivier
  • I Put a Spell on You
  • Rudy's Bock
2012–2013
[7]
2011–2012
[8]
2010–2011
[9]
2009–2010
[10]
2008–2009
[11]
  • Orange Blossom Sorbet
    by Joe Trio

Competitive highlights[edit]

Lawrence/Swiegers with the other medalists at the 2010 Skate Canada

(with Swiegers)

Results[12]
International
Event 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Olympics 14th
Worlds 12th
Four Continents 3rd 7th 6th
GP NHK Trophy 7th 6th
GP Rostelecom 5th 4th
GP Skate Canada 3rd 8th 4th 4th
Nebelhorn Trophy 5th
U.S. Classic 2nd 5th
International: Junior
Junior Worlds 4th
JGP Belarus 8th
JGP Germany 4th
JGP Great Britain 5th
National
Canadian Champ. 14th J. 14th J. 2nd J. 4th 6th 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd
SC Challenge 1st
GP = Grand Prix; JGP = Junior Grand Prix; J. = Junior level

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Mittan, Barry (July 19, 2009). "Scion of Rodeo Family Roped into Pairs". Golden Skate. 
  3. ^ Golinsky, Reut (October 28, 2011). "Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers: "We like to get the crowd going"". Absolute Skating. 
  4. ^ Hoyt, Melanie (January 24, 2011). "Moore-Towers and Moscovitch win Canadian pairs title". Golden Skate. 
  5. ^ Nealin, Laurie (January 23, 2012). "Virden's Lawrence earns bronze in pairs at nationals". Winnipeg Free Press. Archived from the original on January 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Saskatchewan pair skaters Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers end partnership". Skate Canada. May 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS: 2009/2010". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on March 29, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS: 2008/2009". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 1, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Competition Results: Paige LAWRENCE / Rudi SWIEGERS". International Skating Union. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Paige Lawrence at Wikimedia Commons