Taverners compete in fifth Mountain Cup

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The adult section of the IW Ice Dance & Figure Skating Club recently returned from an international competition in the south of France. Carol and Steve Taverner were competing in their fifth Mountain Cup where 76 clubs from 18 countries enjoyed the friendly rivalry for four days.

Standards were higher this year as a large Russian team attended to join the regulars from the USA, Canada, Australia and all over Europe. Countries represented for the first time included Luxembourg, Hungary and Mexico.

Steve was first to compete, winning a bronze medal with his free skating programme. Steve and Carol then skated four dances to win a silver medal in the ice dance category. In the pairs interpretive competition the couple then managed a bronze medal with a very well received programme. Carol was last to perform, just being beaten into second place by a Canadian competitor in the interpretive category.

Coach Terri Fleming was very pleased with the results which gave the IW club 7th place in the overall competition.

The Island’s adult skaters are now looking for more medals closer to home in the Bracknell Adult Open at the end of June. A new adult synchronized skating team, Wight Gold, has been formed, which trains on Monday evenings. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Carol Taverner on 883807.

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