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Archive for November, 2017

Unusually,  this year iowskaters gets to report on IW interest in the Australian Figure Skating Championships in Brisbane from 1 to 8 December. Former Wight Jewel Beth Howarth competes as a member of Brisbane’s Team Nova at senior level in synchronized skating on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December.

Update (4 December): Nova finished third overall with a score of 98.64. With luck they will be on the international competition circuit later in the season, possibly even competing against Wight Jewels.

Link: http://isq.org.au/news.php

Results: http://isq.org.au/Results/result.htm

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The British Figure Skating Championships take place at iceSheffield this week from 28 November to 4 December. IW skater Nikita Heathfield, now representing Dundee, competes at junior level, the short programme for which is on Thursday 30 November. There are 30 skaters in the category.

Update (4 December): Unfortunately, with a short programme score of 29.14, Nikita was one place outside qualifying for the free programme. As this is her last possible year at junior level, she will move up to compete at senior level next season.

Details: www.iceskating.org.uk

Results: http://www.iceresultsuk.org.uk/BritishChampionship/2017/index.htm

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Team Surprise, free programme, Shanghai Trophy 2017

Part of iowskaters’ role is to continue to report on IW skaters who have flown the nest. We are delighted to report that Gemma Marsh, who now skates for Sweden’s Team Surprise, won another international medal when the team took bronze at the 2017 Shanghai Trophy over 24 to 26 November.

The Shanghai Trophy is an invitational event that includes short track speed skating and synchronized skating, and this year was extended to include the four figure skating disciplines: pairs, dance, and individual men and ladies. The synchronized skating competition is attended by teams from the top five nations in the sport.

Team Surprise were in fourth place after the short programme, but pulled up to third in the free.

The competition is no longer available on replay on the Olympic Channel.

Short programme: https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/playback/ice-skating-2017-isu-shanghai-trophy-china-day-1-part-2/

Free programme: https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/playback/ice-skating-2017-isu-shanghai-trophy-china-day-2-part-2/

Gala (starts 3 hours in): https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/playback/ice-skating-2017-isu-shanghai-trophy-china-day-3/

Results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1718/sht17/

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This month the skater of the month award goes to one of our youngest skaters, Anneliese Smith.

Anneliese started skating even before she was born – her mummy is Terri Smith, head coach at Ryde Arena before it was closed. Now Anneliese spends a lot of her time going back and forth on the ferry and going up and down the country to different rinks, early mornings and late nights, but you never hear her complaining.

Anneliese skates for Wight Sequins and Wight Sparkles synchro teams, she is the youngest on the team for Wight Sparkles and has worked really hard to keep up and prove her place is well deserved. She always supports her fellow skaters and wishes them all good luck in competitions.

Anneliese has had some really good results this year. She won gold at Planet Ice’s Gosport artistic qualifier with her fantastic routine to Moana, and went on to the championship in Coventry where she secured a silver in her section, contributing to the overall gold for the team. She came an impressive 13th out of 40 in her age section (8-9 years) at the Young Stars national ice skating competition at iceSheffield. At the Lee Valley Skate Southern competition recently Anneliese scored a personal best.

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NISA test results, 15 November

The following IW skaters passed NISA tests at Gosport on Wednesday 15 November:

Field Moves

Level 1: Lydia Soar
Level 2: Anna Temporin
Level 3: Lara Harrison, Arwen Rowdon, Ellie Watts, Josie Watts
Level 5: Jess Curtis, Savannah Randall

All results subject to confirmation by NISA.

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