Archive for the ‘Skater of the Month’ Category

Courtney Lane

 Courtney Lane is our skater of the month. She was nominated by Sarah Hayward, Terri Smith and several of her team mates because she has shown tremendous maturity and kindness to her fellow team members both on and off the ice.

In Scotland, at August’s ISU synchronized skating development camp, the skaters were placed in one of three groups and although Courtney was not in her preferred group, she approached each session over the next few days with enthusiasm, hard work and a smile, while showing leadership to the younger skaters. Then, when a number of skaters became ill at the camp, she helped with their care, remaining calm and patient and accommodating their needs.

Courtney’s vivacious personality is always well liked by her fellow team skaters and her recent maturity and kindness in Scotland adds to her strengths.

Courtney is one of the skaters that has to train late Friday night and early Sunday morning following the closure of Ryde rink. She is always smiling even if it’s the 4am ferry and always speaks to everyone and encourages the younger skaters.

Courtney will receive a free patch session for a rink of her choice.

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The Isle of Wight Ice Dance & Figure Skating Club’s skater of the month for July 2017 is: Beth Howarth. Synchronized skater Beth left for Australia in August to join Team Nova. The announcement was made at Beth’s leaving party on 29 July.


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The committee has decided to introduce a skater of the month award to reward a skater’s commitment, drive and passion for the sport. Skaters could receive the award for being a great team player showing determination, tenacity, improvement, team spirit and good sportsmanship.

Skater of the Month, June 2017: Ali Wright

Our skater of the month award for June goes to Ali Wright. She recently rejoined the club – Ali had been struggling to keep skating when our home rink closed and the Hot Fossils stopped skating as a team. She has shown fantastic team spirit, always wishing the skaters well and always smiling. Ali represented the Isle of Wight in the Gosport versus Isle of Wight friendly, performing a fantastic baton-twirling artistic routine and gaining valuable points to help the team secure the overall winning score.

Ali said she was incredibly nervous and it was her first  competition as a solo skater.

Coach Terri Smith said “ This was Ali’s first solo competition ever after having months of not skating. What an amazing achievement to help our team win the trophy. Ali demonstrated great performance and talent with her baton on the ice, one judge had her in second place, Well done Ali.”

Ali will receive 1 x Gosport patch session complements of the IWID&FSC.

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