Results from this week’s Deeside IJS & Ice Skate Wales Welsh Championships are available at http://www.johnds.org/IJS-Deeside’11/.
IW skater Nikita Heathfield was 39th in the short programme of the novice ladies’ event on the Monday, scoring 16.06: only the top 24 skaters from the short competed in the free skating programme on Tuesday. There were 46 competitors this year compared with 31 in 2010, making the event even tougher.
Maggie Read faced a tough challenge in the junior ladies: entries increased from 25 last year to 42 this year. Entries were no doubt swelled because skaters at the Welsh championships could still hope to attain the necessary qualifying score for the British, for which the closing date for entries is 11 October. Maggie lifted her short programme score at the championships to 16.44, from 13.16 last year, to be placed 38th.
After the short programme at junior level, IW synchronized skating team the Wight Jewels were in first place with 23.08 points; Nottingham Icicles were second on 18.99. Last year the teams scored 20.83 and 17.82 respectively, but the elements and judging criteria have changed this season and in theory it’s harder to score as high as before.
In the long on Wednesday evening, Wight Jewels stretched their lead to take first place overall with a total of 74.36 against Nottingham Icicles’ 58.02, holding onto the Welsh title they won in 2010. Last year the Jewels scored 59.06 and the Icicles 49.22, implying that with the season’s tougher criteria both squads are improving. The Jewels’ reserves saw action, with Tia Daley competing in the short programme and Kirsty Atter in the long.
Also in the synchronized skating competitions, Wight Crystals made an impressive debut at novice level, achieving first place with 27.33. Nottingham Shadows were second with 22.66.
Scores are as reported in the official results.