Development day for IW synchro teams

The Wight Jewels at Birmingham's Leisurebox rink

IW synchronized skating teams the Wight Jewels and Wight Crystals travelled to Birmingham’s Leisurebox ice rink for a development day on 21 August, along with teams from Solihull. The trip allowed the IW teams to practice on a slightly bigger ice pad than at Ryde (54 x 24 metres compared with 44 x 22 metres), and to have the new elements for the forthcoming season’s programmes assessed.

The Wight Jewels remain at junior level for the coming season; the Wight Crystals have moved up to novice level, swelling the team size to 16.

Both teams received certificates of merit for their wheels.

Birmingham’s Leisurebox rink has historic associations: it was the home rink for Olympic figure skating gold medallist John Curry, as well as for Olympic speed skatingΒ gold medallist Β Wilf O’Reilly. The former Silver Blades and Planet Ice rink was closed after Β a fire in 2003, but reopened in 2010 as The Leisurebox.

The Leisurebox: www.theleisurebox.co.uk

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