The 2016 Trophy D’Ecosse takes place at Dumfries Ice Bowl over 12 to 14 February, and IW synchronized skating teams will be taking part.
For UK senior teams it is a qualifying ISU international to decide Great Britain’s entrant, depending on scores, to the senior world championships in Budapest in April. All three British senior teams are taking part: Team Spirit of Wales & West, Zariba of Aberdeen, and Wight Jewels. British champions Zariba have a considerable points advantage in NISA’s selection formula going into the event.
The event provides considerably more spice thanks to the present of international teams, and the senior category has attracted Ice’kateers and Team del Sol from the USA and Nova from Australia.
IW team Wight Crystals will compete at basic novice A, up against home team Solway Eclipse. Wight Sparkles compete at elementary level against eight other teams.
Live streaming and catch-up video is provided by Ryan T Thornton and On the Rocks.
Update (14 February 2016): Wight Crystals and Wight Sparkles both took silver medal position. Wight Crystals scored 24.12 in the basic novice A, against 30.91 from winners Solway Eclipse. In the elementary, winners Solway Lightning scored 27.07, Wight Sparkles scored 24.91 for second, and Nottingham’s Ice Pops scored 23.67 for third.
Wight Jewels were sixth in the ISU senior event, scoring 23.03 in the short and 50.95 in the long for a total of 73.98. With team members on holiday, and unable to perform four simultaneous lifts, they were pleased to get their group lift called at level 2 in the long. Much has been learned in their first season as seniors, and there’s plenty to build on for next season.
The senior event was won by USA’s Team Del Sol (156.80), with USA team Ice’kateers second on 141.85 and Australia’s Nova third on 119.55.
Official website: www.trophydecosse.co.uk