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The Rink page on the iowskaters.com site has now been updated to reflect the new opening times and skating schedule for Ryde Arena under the ownership of the community trust.

Importantly, for anyone visiting the rink from the mainland, the daytime private hire sessions during term time on Monday to Thursday from 10am to 2.45pm are now periods when the rink is shut to the public (unless, of course, it is hired). This is for the simple reason that almost no one uses the rink at these times. As always, the advice remains to check before travelling that the rink is open – the rink’s phone number is 01983 615155.  Opening times will be different during school holidays.

Ryde Arena does not yet have a full website, but there is a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Rydearena

 

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Website iowskaters.co.uk has now become iowskaters.com to improve integration of the site’s domain name with the WordPress software used to run the site. The site will still be accessible through iowskaters.co.uk and through the long-hand iowskaters.wordpress.com, and all existing links should work as before. Dull stuff, I know: back to ice skating news shortly.

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iowskaters.co.uk continues to attract interest from around the world. Our annual report for 2011, compiled by WordPress, reveals, among other information:

In 2011, there were 113 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 356 posts. There were 47 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 308mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month. For comparison, in 2010 iowskaters.co.uk made 84 posts.

This site was viewed 34,939 times in 2011. This compares with 19,812 views in 2010.

The busiest day of the year was March 12th with 1,303 views. The most popular post that day was Junior World Challenge Cup 2011 live internet broadcasts. In 2010, the top post received 297 views, and was again about the JWCC.

Click here to see the complete report.

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The Achievements page for synchronized skating has been updated to clarify the season or years in which a team’s positions have been achieved, at which events, and on which dates. Where possible details have been cross-referenced to official results pages so that a team’s stated position can be verified independently.

There is inevitably confusion between the British Figure Skating Championships (BFSC) and the British Synchronized Skating Championships & National Opens (BSSCNO). The BFSC has fluctuated between incorporating and not incorporating synchronized skating, with the result that some years it is the British championship event for the elite levels of senior, junior and novice – as it was for the 2010/11 season. In the years that the BFSC is not, then the BSSCNO is the championship event for these elite levels.

The BSSCNO is the championship event for the more recreational levels of synchronized skating, such as juvenile, elementary, intermediate and preliminary. It is a highly popular event and attracts large numbers of teams from across the UK. In the years that it is not the British championship event for senior, junior and novice levels, it runs national opens – not championships – at these levels.

IW teams always compete at the respective national championships for their level.

Currently, synchronized skating is represented at the BFSC, ensuring that the elite levels of solo, pairs, dance and synchronized skating all take place at the same national championships. The BFSC has also moved to early in the season to allow skaters and teams to fulfil requirements to compete at later international events.

Note that event-specific web pages, such as those for the 2010 and the 2011 Junior World Challenge Cup, may only last for one year and links may therefore become unavailable. © 2011 iowskaters.co.uk

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The website now has a Services page that provides links to ice skating suppliers and services, such as dress-makers and skating shops. Please note that just because a link is published on iowskaters.co.uk, it does constitute an endorsement of the products or services provided: links are provided for information only.

iowskaters.co.uk is able to provide such links because it is now independent and therefore free of a restriction that prevented commercial links being published.

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Since 2002 this website has been run on behalf of the Isle of Wight Ice Dance & Figure Skating Club. The club has decided it wishes its website to pursue other directions, and it will be introducing a new website that is oriented towards membership management and organization, including membership data storage. The club committee voted to adopt this approach at its last committee meeting, and aims to introduce the new website by 30 April. [Update: the new official club website is due to launch on 21 May.]

The news-oriented approach used since 2002 is no longer seen as suitable. The time has therefore come to either close this site or remove its association with the club and continue doing independently what the site has done for nine years. I have decided to continue with the website rather than closing it because closing the site would lose an important archive of local ice skating achievements.

So in short, apart from the removal of the IWID&FSC’s name and some details about the club from the website, everything will continue as it has done. iowskaters.co.uk will continue to report on the achievements of skaters from the Isle of Wight, and present items of interest to them.

To mark the change, the site will now use its alternative, shorter web address of www.iowskaters.co.uk, as opposed to www.iowfigureskaters.co.uk.

Ian Marsh
Webmaster

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com – the blogging software that provides the framework for this site – mulled over how our  site did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

That’s really great news. Our site is popular, with 19,812 visitors during 2010 – an average of over 54 visitors per day.

Crunchy numbers

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In 2010, there were 84 new posts, taking the total archive of this blog to 242 posts. There were 44 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 432mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was March 12th with 297 views, when the site was covering the Junior World Challenge Cup for Synchronized Skating in Gothenburg. The most popular post that day was About us.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were after the site domain names of  iowskaters.co.uk, iowfigureskaters.co.uk, were facebook.com, aolsearch.aol.co.uk, and search.bt.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for iwidfsc, isle of wight ice skating club, terri smith, wight jewels, and synchronized skating. The Jewels and synchro are big news!

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
1 About us
2 Tuition
3 Ryde rink
4 Contacts
5 Synchro

This shows that the website is largely used for the permanent information provided about the club, about learning to skate, and about the Isle of Wight’s synchro teams. In other words , the site is doing its main job of promoting the club and ice skating on the Isle of Wight.

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