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With the end of an era approaching in Isle of Wight synchronized skating, iowskaters has been trawling through the  vaults to look at how far the discipline has progressed. The clip presented here shows Isle of Wight synchronized skating team Wight Diamonds competing in their first British championships, held on 22 January 2006 in Nottingham. The team competed at intermediate level.

The Diamonds had by now swelled to 16 skaters: Sarah England, Phoena Wilmott Bayer, Kate Nutborne, Emma Wilks, Georgina Bourne, Katie Brannan, Emily Adams, Kate England, Gemma Marsh, Nicole Hinton, Ellie Taylor, Yelena Brown, Sabrina Danzig, Sarah Close, Gemma Fishel and Isabelle Coeshott. But Gemma Marsh would not skate at this event, suffering a scaphoid fracture just weeks beforehand.

The team skated well to take fifth place. They finished ahead of the Gosport All Stars, who had beaten the Diamonds at Lee Valley just two months earlier. Lee Valley’s Eclipse were first, Bracknell’s Fusion second, Moray Dolphins third and Aberdeen’s Snow Leopards were fourth.

The routine, music and dresses had changed in the space of two months. The Diamonds skated to a medley from Grease, which to this day still sees use by an IW synchro team: the Sparkles. As do the same striking purple and black outfits.

The British Synchronized Skating Championships for the 2005/6 season had few entries: three adult teams, four juvenile teams and six intermediate teams. Of those, three were from Lee Valley – a reminder that once upon a time everything in UK synchro revolved around this east London club.

Wight Diamonds

The Wight Diamonds, January 2006. Coach Terri Smith (nee Fleming) is pictured left

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With the end of an era approaching in Isle of Wight synchronized skating, iowskaters has been trawling through the video vaults to look at how far the discipline has progressed. The clip presented here is a practice session at Ryde for the Lee Valley Synchronized Skating Opens on 19 November 2005. iowskaters has chosen a practice session because it shows the individual skaters clearly, allowing today’s generation to identify them even though the technology of the time is fuzzy.

November 2005 was a landmark month for the Wight Diamonds. All the members passed the novice synchro test on Sunday 6 November, meaning they were of a high enough level to take part in the British Synchro Championships in January 2006. Synchro tests, of course, are now a thing of the past, with team members required to have specific levels in field moves.

The Diamonds also had to compete at the Lee Valley Synchronized Skating Opens on Saturday 19 November in order to qualify for the championships. The team would face their bête noire of those early years: Gosport, the club that regularly came on top in Solent friendly competitions. And again, they would finish behind them.

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With the end of an era approaching in Isle of Wight synchronized skating, iowskaters has been trawling through the video vaults to look at how far the discipline has progressed. The clip presented here is from the 2005 National Team Challenge (NTC) at Bracknell on 26 June.

The Wight Diamonds’ music had changed to Birdland. The dresses had changed from red to all gold; these otufits were to resurface in all their itchy glory on other IW synchro teams in years to come. The gold dresses are not the only ones to be reused and modified, as later reports will show. The team is still only skating 12 skaters: it would only reach 16 later in the year.

And here iowskaters admits to a failing: information about the 2005 NTC is next to non-existent. With the IW NTC team having a glorious history of not being placed in the event, the 2005 NTC has gone unreported in our archives, probably because at the time the club’s policy was not to report on placings outside the top three.

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With the end of an era approaching in Isle of Wight synchronized skating, iowskaters has been trawling through the video vaults to look at how far the discipline has progressed. The clip presented here is the first competitive excursion for an IW synchro team.

The first Isle of Wight synchro team, Wight Diamonds, was formed in 2004, and less than three months later was competing at the National Team Challenge (NTC) at Lee Valley London: the date of its competitive debut was 27 June. The Diamonds skated to Light my Fire by Will Young, and earned fourth place – out of four. But with 10 clubs at the 2004 NTC, fourth scored lots of points in the overall competition.

The club was at that time very small: the whole Isle of Wight team for the NTC was just 22 skaters rather than the full complement of 30, pretty much all of its competitive talent. Many of the skaters taking part in the syncho and show numbers were beginner level. The NTC team comprised Emily Adams, Katie Archer, Libby Ballard, Archie Bicknell, Daisy Bicknell, Rachel Blake, Georgina Bourne, Isabelle Coeshott, Sabrina Danzig, Sian Edkins, Kate England, Emily Garrison, Emma Griffiths, Matthew Kershaw, Gemma Marsh, Alice Murray, Sue Orme, Steve Taverner, Carol Taverner, Joanna Tung, Emma Wilks and Nicola Woodford.

Of that whole NTC team, the Diamonds included Isabelle Coeshott, Sabrina Danzig, and Gemma Marsh – the three remaining Diamonds in the 2012/13 Wight Jewels squad. See if you can spot them all as they leave the ice at the end. Izzy and Gemma both retire this season, leaving Sabrina as the only remaining original Diamond in the Jewels – the three of Diamonds have become the ace.

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