Two IW synchronized skating teams travelled to the Kempen Trophy in Turnhout, Belgium, over the Easter weekend (4 and 5 April): junior team Wight Jewels and adult team Wight Fossils.

The Fossils, skating to music from Les Miserables, finished fourth with 21.88 points. The adult category was won by Iceclusif (Belgium, Ghent) 28.34, with Blade Runners (GBR, Altrincham) in second on 26.20, and Perpetuum (GBR, Sheffield) third on 24.02.

In the short in the junior A event, Wight Jewels were second with 29.16 points. The Jewels had changed their music and programme from their last outing at the Trophy D’Ecosse in Dumfries. French team Les Cometes were just ahead in first on 30.48. Team Temptation Juniors of Belgium were third with 22.04, Solway Stars from Dumfries were fourth on 21.66 and Kids on Ice from Eindhoven in the Netherlands were fifth with 19.69.

The Jewels were unable to close the gap on Les Cometes in the long and finished in second place. A fall and a deduction for apparently holding the splits for too long on the ice at the end of the programme took 2.5 points off their free programme score. And that demonstrates the occasional quirkiness of the judging system – details that have not been identified as a problem all season can be picked up as a fault by a different set of officials.

Solway Stars, however, managed to edge up a place into the medals.

Final positions and score in the junior A competition were: Les Cometes first on 92.46, Wight Jewels second on 86.59, Solway Stars third on 72.69, Team Temptation Junior fourth on 67.70, and Kids on Ice fifth on 64.38.

IW teams have one more competition this season, with Wight Sparkles and Wight Crystals heading to Blackpool for the Blackpool Figure Skating Festival on 7 to 11 April (www.pleasurebeacharena.co.uk/pages/skating-festival). Both teams compete on 9 April: Wight Sparkles in the elementary synchro, and Wight Crystals in the preliminary.

And that may be it for ice skating on the Isle of Wight. Planet Ice still intends to close the rink at Ryde on 12 April. All IW skaters are waiting on news of whether Ryde Arena Trust’s negotiations to keep the rink running will be successful.

Kempen Trophy website: http://not-turnhout.be

Results: www.kbkfwedstrijden.be/KempenTrophySynchro/2015/index.htm

Despite the uncertain future of Ryde ice rink, this year’s adult open competitions at Bracknell on 26 to 27 March included two competitors from the IW.

Miranda McGeoch made her comeback to competitive skating after having a family, and managed a very creditable sixth place in a strongly contested field of 12 in the Silver Class I category.

Carol Taverner, the club’s veteran competitor, managed a first place in her free programme (Silver Class III), and 5th place in the artistic discipline (Silver Artistic).

Both skaters are also members of the IW’s adult synchronized skating team, Wight Fossils. Both are now hoping to get enough practice in to compete in the Guildford Open in May.

Report provided by Terri Smith, head coach at Ryde

Results: www.icephoto.co.uk/BRAAD15/

IW ice skaters came away from the 2014 Isle of Wight Sports Achievement Awards at Medina Theatre with a trophy for synchronized skating team Wight Jewels, and a second and third place for two individual skaters.

Wight Jewels came top in the category for intermediate team, sponsored by Liz Earle. It’s the first time ice skaters have won a category since Terri Smith was named coach of the year for 2007.

Archie Bicknell and Gemma Marsh found themselves up against each other in the category for national/international sports, sponsored by West Bay Club. Archie, currently on tour with Disney on Ice, placed third, and Gemma, currently skating with Team Surprise of Sweden, was runner-up. The category was won by telemark skier James French, completing the domination of the category by winter sports.

It was a remarkable evening for IW skaters. None of their achievements would have been possible without the dedication and passion of their coaches, nor of the skaters themselves and, for Gemma and the Jewels, of all the members of the synchronized skating teams.

Above all, none of it would have been possible without an ice rink at Ryde. iowskaters hopes that Ryde Arena Trust can save it.


Wight Jewels have joined the ranks of ice skaters nominated  for the 2014 Isle of Wight Sports Achievement Awards. They were included in the list of nominees for the teams published in the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday (and keen-eyed readers will note that the capacity for a local paper to muddle facts is astounding).

The awards, which celebrate the achievements of IW sporting teams and individuals in 2014, take place on 19 March 2015.

The Skate Southern IJS competition is under way at Lee Valley Ice Centre, London, this week on 16 to 19 March. IW skaters are in action and results will be reported when available.

IW results are:

Level 1 ladies, 11 and over: 6th Saphire Recalde-Arnold (14.23)
Level 2 ladies: 5th Holly Eldridge (16.60), 26th Ayesha Taylor (10.75)
Level 3 ladies: 26th Lauren Wood (11.64)
Novice A ladies, 11 and under: 19th Toni Delap (17.46)
Novice B ladies, 13 and over: 2nd Amy World* (31.96)
Junior ladies short: 12th Nikita Heathfield (26.42)
Junior ladies free: 11th Nikita Heathfield (49.21)

*Gosport skater Amy World is a member of the Isle of Wight synchronized skating teams.

Results: http://www.icephoto.co.uk/SSInt15/index.htm

The 2015 World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, on 13 and 14 March is being streamed live via Daily Motion. The streaming links are:

Friday: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2j7wxq_isu-world-junior-synchronized-skating-championships-day-1_sport

Saturday: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2j7x1y_isu-world-junior-synchronized-skating-championships-day-2_sport

IMPORTANT: The live streaming for Day 2 went offline after Team Belgium and as of 15:00 had not resumed. Also, viewing costs of £9.17 are per day not per event (via PayPal); the 48-hour pass for Day 1 did not buy access to Day 2.

Update (15:45): New server for Day 2: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/isu-world-junior-synchronized-skating

The skating is scheduled to begin on Friday at 18:45 (17:45 GMT) and on Saturday at 15:15 (14:15 GMT).

Among the 24 teams taking part are UK representatives NIC Icicles, who will no doubt be seeking to improve on the 14th place they secured last year. iowskaters wishes them well.

Update: NIC Icicles scored 31.28 to take them into 15th place in the short. Scoring 69.27 in the free, and giving them a total of 100.55, Icicles moved into 14th place overall. Although it was the same position they achieved last year, Icicles at long last overhauled Black Diam’s of France, who for several years have finished narrowly ahead of GB teams in international competitions.

The Icicles’ score was still almost nine points short of the total of 109.38 achieved at the British championships in January, but national championship scores of a number of countries often fail to withstand the scrutiny of an ISU event at world championship level.

Results: www.isuresults.com/results/syswjc2015/index.htm

Official website: www.croskate.hr


Archie Bicknell has joined the ranks of ice skaters nominated  for the 2014 Isle of Wight Sports Achievement Awards. He was included in the list of nominees for the men published in the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday. The awards take place on 19 March.


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