The Isle of Wight put in its best performance ever at the 2011 National Team Challenge held at Lee Valley on 3 July, scoring 60 out of 72 possible points to take second place. Its previous highest placing was third in 2006.
Alexandra Palace took top spot with 62 points, and Bracknell was third with 55 points.
The result at the top was very close, and was ultimately decided by the show number, in which Alexandra Palace came third and the Isle of Wight fourth – a reversal of these positions would have resulted in a tie for first place overall.
Basingstoke and Guildford tied for fourth with 53 points, Lee Valley was sixth with 51 points, Chelmsford was seventh with 42 points and Romford eighth with 28 points.
Basingstoke turned in a spectacular show number, choreographed by former IW coach and ex-Holiday on Ice principal skater Anita Curtis, to win this compulsory class.
Results of IW skaters are as follows:
Class 1, Female/male beginners: 1st Keelin Scholes (class size: 5 entrants)
Class 3, Male level 3 and under: 3rd Miles Grist (class size: 5 entrants)
Class 6, Female, level 8 and under: 1st Nikita Heathfield (class size: 4 entrants)
Class 7, Beginner couples/pairs: 1st Olivia Lacey and Mitchell Brown (class size: 1 entrant)
Class 11, Veteran couples/pairs: 4th Carol Taverner and Steve Taverner (class size: 5 entrants)
Class 12, Synchronized skating: 1st Isle of Wight team (class size: 2 entrants)
Class 13, Solo exhibition level 8 and under: 2nd Archie Bicknell (class size: 7 entrants)
Class 14, 2s, 3s and 4s exhibition, any standard: 4th Archie Bicknell and Maggie Read (class size: 7 entrants)
Class 15, Show number: 4th Isle of Wight team (class size: 8 entrants)
The IW team was kindly sponsored by Wightlink, which provided free ferry travel.