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The Isle of Wight Ice Dance & Figure Skating Club named not one but two skaters of the month for September: Eloise Hayward and Sophia Elliott.

Both girls have a fantastic attitude to their skating and are really committed: they have helped with fundraising events, supported teammates, helped out when needed, they both skate in three IW synchro teams – Eloise is captain of Wight Sequins, encouraging the younger members, and Sophia is captain of the Wight Sparkles.

Eloise was bitterly disappointed when her competition day was cancelled at Guildford earlier this year but was a true friend and good sport when she stayed to support Arwen the following day and cheered her on. She competed in the group artistic in Gosport, claiming gold with pirates and then went on to the championships in Coventry and got a bronze. In August, Eloise took part in the Young Stars competition at Sheffield Ice Arena, it was her first ladies level 1 competition and she scored a personal best but more importantly she received a young star of the day award for her creativity, entertainment and skating with her We are the Kids of America routine, this was awarded out of 42 people. She has also passed her level 4 field moves, had a great skate at Lee Valley recently flying the flag for the IW. What really shines through with Eloise is her love of skating and her team spirit, she was suffering with a terrible ear infection last synchro season and had bouts of dizziness but was determined not to let her team mates down, often leaving training an awful green colour.

Sophia is always a pleasure to watch skating. She has been training hard, skate in three synchro teams, and trains early Saturday morning at Guildford as well. This dedication has shone through with her results this year, she skated brilliantly in Guildford earlier this year and won gold for her artistic at Gosport with her Wizard of Oz routine, which secured her a well deserved bronze at the Coventry artistic championships. Sophia recently took part in a ladies level 2 competition at Lee Valley with her Footloose routine and got a very creditable 4th out of 16 in the under 11 section with a personal best score and passing her level 3 free and elements.

Achievements aside Sophia is always trying her best and wanting to improve, she is truly a dedicated skater, she danced her way around the Isle of Wight day parade last week even though she had been up since 3am for training that day.

Well done Eloise and Sophia, you deserve it.

Eloise (left) and Sophia

The following IW skaters passed NISA tests at Gosport on 6 October:

Field Moves

Level 2: Lily McDevitt, Jasmine Young
Level 4: Sophia Elliott, Savannah Randall

Free and Elements

Level 1: Jasmine Young

All results subject to confirmation by NISA.

 

From left to right: Savannah Randall, Lily McDevitt, Sophia Elliott and Jasmine Young

IW-born TJ Nyman takes to the ice with pairs partner Sarah Feng in the Junior Grand Prix in Zagreb, Croatia, today. They skate 6th out of 12 in the short programme. TJ and Sarah skate for the USA, but TJ’s first steps on ice were taken at Ryde ice rink. This is TJ and Sarah’s first international season in pairs.

The event is broadcast on YouTube, and the pairs event starts at 1.30pm local time – 12.30pm UK time.

Update (Friday 29 September): The streaming link for the pairs free programme today, starting at 1.10pm UK time is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6gCbbFxPNA

Streaming (pairs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-o5tm4MrDw

Streaming (ISU junior grand prix channel): https://www.youtube.com/isujuniorgrandprix

Results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1718/jgpcro2017/index.htm

Event website: http://www.croskate.hr/hr/aktualno/isu-junior-grand-prix-of-figure-skating/

IW skaters are in action this week at Skate Southern Club International at Lee Valley Ice Centre, London. The competitions run from 25 to 28 September.

On Monday, Anneliese Smith was 12th in the the beginner ladies aged 8 and under (score: 12.03). Lara Harrison was 16th in the beginner ladies aged 11 and over (score: 9.08).

Tuesday saw six IW skaters in the level 1 ladies age 11 and over. Jessica Curtis placed 9th with 14.93, Josie Watts 24th with 11.26, Arwen Rowdon 25th with 11.22, Eloise Hayward 26th with 10.93, Courtney Lane 27th with 10.38 and Ellie Watts 29th with 9.58.

Sophia Elliott was 4th, scoring 19.26, in the level 2 ladies aged 11 and under. Isabel Curtis’ score of 15.66 placed her 9th in the level 3 ladies age 13 and over.

On Wednesday, Toni Delap was 12th with a score of 29.57 in the basic novice B ladies aged under 15.

Results: http://www.icephoto.co.uk/SS1709/

Last month, synchro teams from across England and Scotland were invited to join a Synchronized Skating Development Camp in SportScotland’s brand new national residential Inverclyde National Sports Centre.

At the camp, top international coaches would share their expertise alongside experts from Scottish gymnastics, ballet, and strength and conditioning. It was billed as an exciting, dynamic and exhausting three-day programme, with ice sessions at KA Leisure’s ice rink and off-ice sessions in the state-of-the-art indoor studios and gymnastics facilities within Inverclyde. It certainly delivered on expectations.

Eleven synchro skaters representing Wight Sequins, Sparkles, Crystals and Jewels, flew to Scotland to take part, learn and then bring back that knowledge to share with their team-mates to help improve over the coming season.

Martha Bryant, Roxy Collins, Izzy Curtis,  Jess Curtis, Izzy Davey, Rachael Downer, Sophia Elliott, Eloise Hayward, Courtney Lane, Elin Griffiths and Anneliese Smith, accompanied by team coach Terri Smith and Sarah Hayward, started the camp on Sunday afternoon with a welcome from organiser Kate Matthews and from ISU synchro committee chair Chris Buchanan, followed by a nutritious lunch, before starting an afternoon learning about the components of fitness, performance and the grade of execution and performance. Skaters then settled into their rooms and after dinner, there was a fun synchro quiz where all the different clubs got together in mixed teams to compete against the ‘coaches’ team!

It was an early start next morning with the first of two excellent on ice sessions for the older skaters being led by the Finnish senior synchro coach teaching travelling circles and wheels, as well as intersections (whip and angled). Meanwhile, the younger skaters were learning off-ice pair lifts and tricks with an international principal adagio pair, followed by Olympic lifting. It was then ice time for them, learning pivoting lines and blocks level 2 and move elements.

After lunch, it was a packed afternoon including ballet, a timing and unison session, off ice elements, and workshops on calling elements and specifications. Unfortunately, also that afternoon and into the evening, five of the younger skaters became unwell, which meant they were unable to join in the camp on the last day.

The Jewels skaters did though, enjoying acro gymnastics, pilates and another on ice session focusing on pivoting lines and blocks levels 3 and 4, and pairs tricks, spins and lifts.

The team flew home that evening having had an excellent camp (even for those who had been unwell) in what were excellent facilities, well organised and full of amazing new things to learn both on and off the ice. Definitely worth signing up for next year! In the meantime, Terri and the skaters will work with all the teams in sharing the learning for the coming synchro season.

Link: https://sportscotland.org.uk

Courtney Lane

 Courtney Lane is our skater of the month. She was nominated by Sarah Hayward, Terri Smith and several of her team mates because she has shown tremendous maturity and kindness to her fellow team members both on and off the ice.

In Scotland, at August’s ISU synchronized skating development camp, the skaters were placed in one of three groups and although Courtney was not in her preferred group, she approached each session over the next few days with enthusiasm, hard work and a smile, while showing leadership to the younger skaters. Then, when a number of skaters became ill at the camp, she helped with their care, remaining calm and patient and accommodating their needs.

Courtney’s vivacious personality is always well liked by her fellow team skaters and her recent maturity and kindness in Scotland adds to her strengths.

Courtney is one of the skaters that has to train late Friday night and early Sunday morning following the closure of Ryde rink. She is always smiling even if it’s the 4am ferry and always speaks to everyone and encourages the younger skaters.

Courtney will receive a free patch session for a rink of her choice.

IW skater Nikita Heathfield competed in the junior ladies competition at Sheffield IJS on 1 to 4 August at iceSheffield.

She scored 29.23 in the short program for 16th place, and 56.59 in the free for 12th place, giving an overall total of 85.82 and a final position of 15th place.

Nikita currently trains at and represents Dundee.

Results: http://www.icephoto.co.uk/IJSSheffield17/