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The Isle of Wight skating club reports that the following skaters passed NISA tests at Ryde on  20 January 2015:

Field Moves
Level 1: Anna Temporin
Level 4: Sarah Baldwin, Lauren Wood

Elements
Level 3: Oliver Brunton, Miles Grist, Lauren Wood

Free Skating
Level 2: Ayesha Taylor
Level 3: Oliver Brunton, Lauren Wood

This information is posted on the club’s Facebook page, rather than its website, and is subject to confirmation by NISA.

The Isle of Wight skating club reports that the  following skaters passed NISA tests at Ryde on  22 December 2014:

Field Moves
Level 1: Izzy Curtis, Georgina England, Bethan Perry
Level 2: Aileen Armstrong, Karen Crook, James Wright
Level 3: Holly Eldridge

Free and Elements
Level 2: James Wright

Elements
Level 5: Keelin Scholes

This information is posted on the club’s Facebook page, rather than its website, and is subject to confirmation by NISA. iowskaters has corrected the spellings of names.

Mary Poppins on Ice

Planet Ice Ryde’s Christmas show, Mary Poppins on Ice, takes place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December. Shows are at 3pm and 6pm both days.

Tickets can be booked online at http://iceaccount.co.uk/ or through the box office on 01983 615 155.

Tickets are £6.75 for adults, £4.75 for children and £20.00 for a family of four.

Skaters for the show are provided by the Isle of Wight Ice Dance & Figure Skating Club, making it an excellent opportunity to see some of the area’s talented skaters in action.

Link: www.planet-ice.co.uk

The British Figure Skating Championships for 2014 gets under way today at iceSheffield and runs until 30 November. Live coverage of the event is available free to NISA members at http://nisastore.org.uk/nisatv/list/50. An event pass costs £10.

IW synchro team member Amy World skated in the basic novice ladies, representing her home club of Gosport, coming fifth out of 34 skaters. Her score of 31.20 was very close to those of the fourth and third place skaters, who received 31.32 and 31.36 respectively. Amy can be seen skating on the Island later this year in Planet Ice Ryde’s Mary Poppins show in December.

IW eyes will be on Danielle Harrison, representing Basingstoke in the junior ladies, and Lucy-Anne Walker representing Sheffield (ex-Basingstoke)  in the senior ladies, as both have skated at IW events in the past.

Update: Danielle took first place in the short programme in the junior ladies with on 41.35 points. Although she managed only third in the free with 69.55, she held onto first overall with 110.90, against 109.88 from Anna Litvinenko in second and 108.28 from Lana Bagen in third.

Lucy-Anne Walker was fifth overall in the senior ladies with 89.34.

Results: www.iceskating.org.uk/nisa_uploads/British2014/index.htm

IW-born Tommy-Jo Nyman won the intermediate level event at the 2015 US Eastern Sectionals held on 19 to 23 November in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Scoring 36.95 in the short and lying in second place, he racked up 74.23 in the free for a total of 111.18, taking gold by 9.56 points overall. His win at sectionals entitles him to compete at the US Figure Skating Championships.

Last season TJ won the juvenile title at the US Championships (http://iowskaters.com/2014/01/09/tj-takes-us-juvenile-title/).

TJ, who skates at Space Coast Iceplex, Rockledge, Florida, is coached by his mother Katie McGovern, formerly head coach at Planet Ice in Ryde.

Results: http://www.usfigureskating.org/leaderboard/results/2015/2015_eastern_fs_sectionals/results.html

Junior B medallists Wight Jewels (right) and Solway Stars

Junior B gold medallists Wight Jewels (right) and silver medallists Solway Stars

Both the Wight Crystals and the Wight Jewels came home with gold from the Wales & West Synchronized Skating Competition in Cardiff on 17 November.

Wight Crystals performed their new routine to music from Hairspray in the Basic Novice A event. They showed off their programme with great ice coverage and entertained the audience and judges. Their solid score of 21.48 saw them achieve good levels of execution and component scores.

Wight Jewels had stiff competition from Dumfries’ Solway Stars in the Junior B event, with the Jewels leading by just 1.13 points after the short programme. The Jewels’ routine had been put together at short notice after the team was told they had to do both a long and short programme at the Cardiff competition, so the team was very happy with the result given the limited time to plan, develop and practice the routine.

The boom and crash, however, that opened the Jewels’ long programme were certainly not planned – within 10 seconds the team had three falls, which has never happened before in training. The girls recovered quickly and went on to perform their new scary routine to music from Saw and Hocus Pocus with great passion. They received a score of 45.30 which they were very pleased with considering the start, because the falls would have automatically cost three points as well as losing the score for the attempted element. There is a lot of room for improvement and for the team to reach their potential with this new routine in their next competition.

In spite of the falls, the Jewels won with five point lead overall, scoring 67.75 in total against 62.62 from Solway Stars.

All skaters once again were a credit to the skating club and the Island. They were up a 3.45am to go to the Cardiff rink to train an extra hour before the official practice, making for a long day as the presentations weren’t until 6pm. The commitment and dedication of these skaters are second to none and this is shown in their results. Well done both IW teams, you were amazing.

The Crystals were Roxy Collins, Toni Delap, Isabella Dixon, Holly Donohue, Rachael Downer, Holly Eldridge, Ella Newnham, Jordan Pointer, Hayley Purrington, Savannah Randall, Saphire Recalde-Arnold, Stella Stratton, Emily Godsell and Amy World.

The Wight Jewels included Sophie-Rose Broadley-Darby, Charlotte Chapman, Isabelle Coeshott, Roxy Collins, Serena Copping, Holly Donohue, Fiona Hammett, Nikita Heathfield, Robyn Johnson, Alina Markova, Ella Newnham, Eleanor Penfold, Hayley Purrington, Keelin Scholes, Beckie Vockins, Amy World, Nicola Baxter and Saphire Recalde-Arnold.

Terri Smith
IW synchro coach and IW head coach

Official results: http://www.obfusk.co.uk/CAR14/

Basic Novice A gold medallists Wight Crystals

Basic Novice A gold medallists Wight Crystals

IW synchronized skating teams were in action at the Wales & West Synchronized Skating Competition in Cardiff on 17 November. Both came home with gold medals.

Wight Crystals, competing in the Basic Novice A event, were first with a score of 21.48.

Wight Jewels, competing in the Junior B event, were first with 67.75 overall (22.45 after the short), with Solway Stars second on 62.62 (21.27 after the short). The Jewels are competing at Junior B level this year, because a change in age criteria for Junior level, raising the minimum age from 12 to 13, has had the unfortunate effect of limiting the intake of new skaters for the season.

Link: waleswestsynchronisedskatingclub.weebly.com

Results: www.obfusk.co.uk/CAR14/

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