IW synchronized skaters have completed a 24-hour sponsored skate, starting on the morning of 7 August and finishing on the morning of 8 August. All funds raised go to support the synchro teams’ competitive season this year. Members of the Wight Jewels skated through the night and the video shows some of their highlights.

Anyone wishing to donate should do so via a known skater or see synchro coach Terri Smith at Ryde Arena.


Ryde Arena now has a website for the rink at www.rydearena.co.uk, complete with details of opening times (term and holiday periods) and prices.

Link: http://www.rydearena.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Rydearena

The following skaters passed NISA tests at Ryde Arena on  30 June 2015:

Field Moves

Level 1: Jessica Curtis, Courtney Lane, Lily Mcdevitt, Annabel Palfrey, Sam Petty, Chloe Walsh
Level 2:  Isabel Curtis, Rachael Downer, Emily Godsell, Bethan Perry
Level 3: Oliver Brunton
Level 4: Holly Eldridge
Level 6: Serena Copping, Miles Grist, Saphire Recalde-Arnold

Level 5: Will Riley

This information is subject to confirmation by NISA.

From left to right: Will Riley, Toni Delap, Roxy Collins

Group 2 Artistic (left to right): Will Riley (2nd), Toni Delap (1st), Roxy Collins (3rd). Picture: Nici Delap

Isle of Wight skaters travelled to the mainland today for the Cross-Solent artistic competition with Gosport. The competition used closed marking so iowskaters.com can report only the points scored for the different classes, which were as follows:

Class 1, level 1 and under: Gosport 15 points, IW 6 points

Class 2, level 2 to 6: Gosport 6 points, IW 15 points

Class 3, over level 6: Gosport 10 points, IW 11 points

Class 4, 2s, 3s and 4s, level 1 and under: Gosport 10 points, IW 10 points

Class 5, 2s, 3s and 4s, over level 1: Gosport 11 points, IW 10 points

Class 6, groups: Gosport 9 points, IW 9 points.

The artistic competition therefore ended in a draw, with both clubs scoring 61 points. Gosport therefore retains the trophy until the next competition.

The artistic competition was preceded by the Sue Buckingham Memorial Trophy, which saw the clubs’ synchronized skating teams in action: Gosport AllStars and Shooting Stars, and the Wight Sparkles and Fossils. The Sue Buckingham Memorial Trophy is contested in memory of ice skating judge Sue Buckingham. Sue was a regular member of the select group of judges who very kindly make the effort to come across to the Isle of Wight to officiate at club competitions.

Gosport won the trophy, with All Stars coming first, Shooting Stars second, Wight Fossils third and Wight Sparkles fourth.

Sue Buckingham Memorial Tropy: Gosport Shooting Stars, Gosport All Stars, Wight Fossils

Sue Buckingham Memorial Trophy: Gosport Shooting Stars (2nd), Gosport All Stars (1st), Wight Fossils (3rd). Picture: Nici Delap

IW skaters were in action at Guildford open competitions on 18 to 21 May, achieving the following results:

Beginner girls age 8 and under: 8th Sophia Elliott (7.17)
Beginner girls age 10: 4th Courtney Lane (12.30), 5th Tiarna Barton (11.88)
Beginner girls age 12 and over: 8th Bethan Perry (8.18)
Level 2 girls age 12 and over: 3rd Saphire Recalde-Arnold (15.02)
Level 3 girls: 4th Holly Eldridge (15.76)
Adult single silver Class I and Class II: 6th Miranda McGeoch (16.47)

Ryde head coach Terri Smith writes: “These were great results for our young skaters, especially Saphire Recalde-Arnold making the podium and achieving third place competing at level 2 for the first time. Saphire also received the score for her next test. This is new to figure skating – skaters can now achieve a certain score in competition and buy their test. This is more convenient and a great step forwards as the skaters can progress during competitions and it takes the extra stress out of taking exams.

“Test scores were also gained by Courtney, Tiarna and Holly, so if they want to move forwards they can buy their test.

“It was the first time Bethan Perry had competed in solo competition nationally, as she had only competed on the Island before. She found the large ice pad challenging and didn’t skate to her best. Experience was gained especially for all our skaters as the more they compete and get into the competition environment the better.

“IW solo skaters are now looking forwards to Basingstoke opens in November.”

Website: www.gifsc.com

Official results: www.icephoto.co.uk/GUI15/

The Rink page on the iowskaters.com site has now been updated to reflect the new opening times and skating schedule for Ryde Arena under the ownership of the community trust.

Importantly, for anyone visiting the rink from the mainland, the daytime private hire sessions during term time on Monday to Thursday from 10am to 2.45pm are now periods when the rink is shut to the public (unless, of course, it is hired). This is for the simple reason that almost no one uses the rink at these times. As always, the advice remains to check before travelling that the rink is open – the rink’s phone number is 01983 615155.  Opening times will be different during school holidays.

Ryde Arena does not yet have a full website, but there is a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Rydearena


The Isle of Wight Ice Dance & Figure Skating Club’s AGM is at 6.30pm on 23 May at the Riverside Centre, Newport. It is followed by the annual awards evening at 7.30pm.

Nominations for committee officers and committee members have to be submitted no later than one week before the AGM (16 May). The club sent out details of the AGM and nomination forms on 6 May by email, however, I have been away an unable to update this site until today. If insufficient committee members and officers are nominated in advance, the club can take nominations at the AGM for positions that have not been filled. Note that if only one person stands for a position, that person is automatically elected. The club ideally needs a committee of 10, but can make do with five (the minimum number for any committee meeting to be quorate).

Committee members must be 16 years old or over (voters at the AGM must be club members aged 14 or over). As club members, committee members must be people who are “eligible people in skating” according to NISA’s constitution and articles of association. In essence this excludes professionals (such as skating coaches) and people with a commercial interest in skating (some clarification is needed whether this would include members of Ryde Arena Trust as a community-based organisation).


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