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A reminder that Planet Ice Ryde is closed from Friday and over the bank holiday weekend (23 to 26 August) to accommodate the Isle of Wight Scooter Rally.

 

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Our annual stat report from WordPress is now available.

In short, the site continues to grow with around 40,000 views in 2012. This is an increase of around 5,000 over the previous year’s visits. Thanks to everyone who has visited iowskaters.com for whatever reason.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Over the bank holiday weekend there is no skating until 1pm on Sunday because the annual Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally takes place at the rink on 26 and 27 August.

Link: www.vfmscoot.co.uk

Planet Ice (IW) Facebook page: www.facebook.com

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The cost of private lessons with the rink’s coaches is rising by 50p per quarter of an hour from 1 May 2010. Lessons will cost £7.50 for 15 minutes, and £15 for 30 minutes.

A reminder that if a lesson is cancelled without 24 hours prior notice, the full lesson price is due.

Private lessons take place during patch ice sessions and skaters should be aware of the following points:

Patch ice is for practice; it is not a just a social time. Please use the time for skating.

Patch ice must be paid for before stepping onto the ice. Please bring a patch ice ticket or the patch ice fee with you.

Finally, a reminder that there is a coaching fee for all skaters who compete in competitions or take tests that covers the coaches’ loss of earnings and time.

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Robert Paxton has achieved a notable first for an IW skater, being the first skater from the Island to compete in the European championships, along with partner Erica Risseeuw. Robert and Erica’s top-ten finishing position is a remarkable achievement for a couple skating together internationally for the first time.

Robert started skating at the age of nine years with his sister on the Isle of Wight and was coached by Katie Rothwell. In 1997 at the age of 14 years he won the British novice championship for men.

After several years of training on the Isle of Wight and Basingstoke, in 2000 Robert moved to Canada to train at the world famous Mariposa Skating Centre under Doug Leigh. He continued skating singles and in 2004 decided he wanted to change to pairs skating.

He has had three previous partners and competed in Canadian nationals at novice, junior and senior levels, winning medals at novice and junior level. However, it was always his desire to return to skate for Great Britain.

In April 2008 Robert tried out with Erica Risseeuw, a singles skater from Alberta, and two months later they teamed up. Both Erica and Robert had to complete exams so could not start skating together until July when Erica moved to Ontario. They knew they had a lot of work to do to get them to a good competive standard and did their first competition after five weeks. After 10 weeks together they came to Sheffield for the IJS event. They returned to Canada to continue training and prepared for the British Championships in Nottingham.

Robert and Erica were selected by NISA to take part in the European Championships in Helsinki as Great Britain’s second couple in the pairs competition. They were in 10th position after the short programme and after the free skate were delighted to be 7th overall.

Robert and Erica are coached by Lee Barkell, the coach of the current men’s world champion.

Update: Robert & Erica retired from the competitive circuit in 2010, and now skate professionally. They joined Royal Caribbean and skate onboard one of its cruise ships.

Paxton & Risseeuw, short programme 2010 Europeans: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07Z9SpbZ1nU

Paxton & Risseeuw, long programme 2010 Europeans: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEi3dBY7yos

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We original posted this item on how the scoring system works following the artistic competition on 21 October 2007 after questions from parents. We have brought it forward in time on the site because the same questions have arisen after the artistic competition on 31 October 2008.

The competition used the relative judging system (RJS), which is the old 0.0 to 6.0 scoring system. A brief guide to how the system works and results are calculated is available here: the_rjs_system.pdf

Please note that the system involves maths that may seem complicated. It’s why a computer is used to process the results. Your usual results monkey, Ian Marsh, can also work it out manually – but a computer is far faster!

We use the One By One comparison process of the RJS for artistic competitions to minimize the judging eccentricities of the two non-NISA judges, and to limit the impact of extravagant parental budgets on the Costume & Props mark (i.e. the ability to buy a 6.0 by lavish spending on costume).

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The annual scooterists rally over the August bank holiday weekend and an event the following weekend mean that there is no synchronized skating practice on Saturday 23 and Saturday 30 August.

Instead there are three synchro sessions on Thursday 21 August: Juvenile from 4.15 to 5.30pm, Novice from 5.30pm to 7pm and Junior from 7pm till 8.30pm.

Public sessions will also be affected, and anyone wishing to skate at Ryde is advised to check that the rink is open before making a special trip.

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