Huge Win Fiona Lee in Scotland
FIONA LEE returned to B.C. from the Cowall Highland Gathering in Dunoon, Scotland, with the 2007 Junior World Highland Dancing Championship
VANCOUVER - Fiona Lee was the winner of the 2007 Junior World Highland Dancing Championships held at the Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon, Scotland on August 25. There were 64 dancers in the class, 33 from Scotland, 18 from Canada, 12 from the United States, along with one from Tasmania.
The top 20 finalists were selected from a qualifier on Friday and went to dance at the World Championship on the next day. Fiona attained first place in every championship dance, the Highland Fling, Sword Dance, Seann Triubhes and Strathspey and Reel, an unusual and remarkable achievement.
While in Scotland, Fiona also won the British Open Championship held in Musselbourgh. Earlier this summer, Fiona placed second at the Canadian Championships held in St. John, New Brunswick, and placed first in the B.C. Championships.
Fiona has been trained by Heather Jolley from Burnaby, B.C., since she was seven years old. This is her ninth year of travelling to Scotland to compete.
In September, Fiona will attend Simon Fraser University for her first year. She will continue to dance and hopes to once again be in Scotland for the World Championships next August.
Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band
The RMM pipe band travelled to Scotland this summer, and placed second at the World Juvenile Championships held in Glasgow. The band consists of boys and girls under the age of 17 and is instructed by Terry Lee, and Jack Lee of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band.
The band changes each year as the older kids move on and new kids are integrated into the band. All of the parents of these kids travelled with them this year and it was a very rewarding trip. The band also competed in Northern Ireland and won the Championship there.
SFU Pipe Band
This is the 23rd year that the SFU Pipe band has travelled to Scotland under the leadership of Pipe Master Terry Lee, which resulted in a second place finish. The band consists of players from the United States, Scotland, Ireland, and Canada. The band was extremely proud of the way they played, and will continue to travel to Scotland for years to come.