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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.

Our skaters at the 2017 Gosport v Isle of Wight competition

Our skaters have again brought medals back to the Island – this time from the annual inter-club competition between Gosport and the IW. Gosport is where our skaters train since Ryde Arena closed last October and they have become good friends with members if Gosport Club, although now was the time for them to become rivals once again.

First to compete were the synchro teams in the Sue Buckingham Cup. Representing the Island were our three youngest teams, Wight Sequins, Wight Crystals and Wight Sparkles. But it was the Sparkles that shone by taking bronze: Gosport’s teams took the top two medals. The medalling Sparkles team members were: Jess Curtis, Sophia Elliott, Maisy Foreman, Jess Gruber, Eloise Hayward, Courtney Lane, Lily McDevitt, Savannah Randall, Arwen Rowdon, Anneliese Smith, Lydia Soar, Anna Temporin, Ellie Watts, Josie Watts, Jasmine Young and Louisa Young.

Next on the ice were the individual level one and under skaters. Eloise Hayward won gold for the IW with her Maleficent artistic programme. Next were the level two to five skaters, and again the IW took gold with Jess Curtis and her Beauty and the Beast programme; Sophia Elliott won bronze skating to the Wizard of Oz.

Level 6 and above saw another IW gold with Amy World cooking up a storm with Bake A Cake, closely followed by Roxie Collins dancing off with silver to A New-fangled Tango.

Next it was the turn of the IW’s  adults to take to the ice and they showed the young skaters how to keep the medals coming with Melody Samiee getting the gold ticket with her Charlie And The Chocolate Factory programme.

Both young and older groups of two to four skaters took their turn next . In the level one and unders, gold was rightly won by the IW’s excellent interpretation of the cult ice skating film Blades of Glory, closely followed by our Pirates stealing the silver treasure. Level 2 and over saw the IW win another medal with the high-flying Magnificent 4 swooping in to take silver.

With the IW’s amazing run of podium places, it was a fabulous end to the day with the IW club winning the trophy overall.

As always, IW coach Terri Smith was rinkside supporting all the skaters and seeing all their hard work and training pay off. She said: “Passion and dedication won the trophy. Island skaters and parents have just knuckled down and continued their training at unsociable hours and extra costs to allow their children’s dreams to continue and reach their potential. It was lovely to see our adults competing too.

“This competition was a fun, artistic-style competition showing not just skating skills but also skaters’ ability to perform on the ice. Many skaters had to compete in higher classes just to field a team, again showing their amazing team spirit and sportsmanship.

“Everyone who skated for the IW made winning that trophy possible. Other skaters winning important points were Anneliese Smith, Maisy Foreman, Izzy Curtis, Keelin Scholes, Courtney Lane, Alison Wright and Steve Wood – a massive well done. After nine months without a rink you all truly surprise me with your drive and passion for our sport.

“Also a thank you to Gosport Skating Club for hosting the event and accommodating our skaters in events we could enter. Also, a big thank you to Wightlink for their continued support to our teams. They help to make it all possible!”

The running order for annual competition between the Isle of Wight and Gosport on Saturday 24 June at Planet Ice Gosport is as follows:

Synchro teams for the Sue Buckingham Cup
1. Wight Crystals
2. Gosport Shooting Stars
3. Wight Sequins
4. Gosport All Stars
5. White Sparkles

Ice Cut

Class One: Level 1 and under
1. Olivia Farr
2. Ruby Matthews
3. Eloise Whitelock
4. Maisy Foreman
5. Eloise Hayward
6. Anneliese Smith

Class Two: Level 2 to level 5
1. Sam Ellyatt
2. Jessica Curtis
3. Sophia Elliot
4. Georgina Evans
5. Izzy Curtis
6. Charleigh-May

Class Three: Level 6 and above
1. Amy World
2. Tivoli Thompson
3. Robbie World
4. Keelin Scholes
5. Roxy Collins
6. Grace Fitzpatrick

Class Four: Adults – over 21
1. Melody Samiee
2. Steve Wood
3. Libby Watts
4. Alison Wright
5. Gemma-Dee Walton

Class Five: 2s, 3s and 4s level 1 and under
1. Clowns
2. Blade of Glory
3. Sassy Servants
4. Pirates
5. OMG

Class Six: 2s, 3s and 4s level 2 and over
1. Alice In Wonderland
2. High School Musical
3. Cruzin
4. Two Looneys
5. Magnificent 4

Class Seven: Group number (5+ skaters)
1. IoW 1
2. Elftastic
3. Peter Pan

Please be ready to skate at 4:45pm.

Information provided by the IWID&FSC.

This year’s annual competition against Gosport takes place on Saturday 24 June at Gosport ice rink. IW competitors should meet at 3.30pm at Gosport rink.

This year skaters are asked to make their own travel arrangements by car ferry or cat (the synchro code can be used if you are skating in the synchro section). Skaters need to organise their own props and costumes.

  • Please meet at the rink for 15.30, the competition will start with the synchro teams at 16.45 prompt.
  • Please wear club or synchro jackets with your hair neatly tied back if possible.
  • Remember you are representing the Isle of Wight club. We are so incredibly proud of your attitude and determination to keep skating even though we have no home rink.
  • Each skater must bring £5 payable to Gosport to skate.
  • The running order and times will posted by 18 June.

The competition is expected to finish at 20.30 but keep checking here and on synchro sites for updates.

Categories and  skaters that have shown interest are as follows:

Solo, level 1 and under: Eloise Hayward, Jess Curtis and Anneliese Smith.(1.50 to 2mins)
Solo, level 2  to level 5: Izzy Curtis, Sophia Elliott and Roxy Collins (2 to 2.5mins)
Solo, level 6 and over: Amy World.
Solo, adults: Ali Wright, Melody and Keelin (21 years plus) (1.5 to 2 mins)
2-4s, level 1 and under: Pirates – Eloise, Arwen, Ellie and  Josie; Blades of Glory – Kerry and Melody (2.5 to 3mins)
2-4s, level 2 and over:   Alice in Wonderland, Courtney, Izzy, Jess and Anneliese; Roxy, Keelin, Anna and Izzy.

Skaters should let coach Terri Smith know whether they can make it or not.

Keep an eye on the club’s Facebook page for updates.

 

IW skaters at Planet Ice’s artistic competition at Gosport, 3 June 2017.

Anneliese kicked off the competition for the Isle of Wight in the Bronze, Silver and Gold Passport solo artistic event, winning gold with her Moana routine. She was every bit the little star and everyone loved her routine. Daddy Howard had been very busy building props as well, as she had her very own Moana boat

 

The NISA levels 1 to 4 solo class saw an Isle of Wight 1-2-3, with Sophia Elliott earning gold for a fantastic Wizard of Oz routine in which she started off as the scarecrow and changed into Dorothy halfway through. Izzy Curtis and her Aladdin routine took silver, and Jess Curtis was just behind her big sister with bronze for her “be my guest” Disney Descendants routine.

 

Proving that hard work does pay off and laughing the whole way through the routine, the superb performance from The Pirates (Arwen Rowdon, Eloise Hayward, Ellie and Josie Watts) claimed gold in the groups, aged under 21 class.
There was silver too for Alice in Wonderland’s birthday party, a high-energy entertaining routine from Izzy and Jess Curtis, Anneliese Smith and Courtney Lane. Bronze went to Gosport

 

The Pirates: Arwen Rowdon, Eloise Hayward, Ellie and Josie Watts. Coach Terri Smith is pictured top between the parrot and the skeleton

Link: Event report

We’d like to welcome back the Isle of Wight Ice Dance & Figure Skating Club to iowskaters.com. There’s now a new Club News category, which will be used to post details of club events, the achievements of club skaters and so on. The website will be amended shortly to include a page for club contact details, and we’ll be revising other pages where appropriate as soon as possible. The former club website at http://www.iwidfsc.co.uk will be wound down in due course.

Planet Ice Gosport held the first of its artistic skating competitions on Saturday 3 June. The event was one of several regional heats at Planet Ice rinks, with the winners of each heat going to the final in Coventry in July.

Results of IW skaters taking part were as follows:

Passport Bronze, Silver and Gold: 1st Anneliese Smith

NISA levels 1 to 4: 1st Sophia Elliott, 2nd Izzy Curtis, 3rd Jess Curtis. Also skating in this event were Eloise Hayward and Robbie World*.

NISA levels 5 and over: 1st Amy World*

Solo Adults: 1st Melody Sharifi*

Groups, any level, aged under 21: 1st Eloise Hayward, Ellie Watts, Josie Watts and Arwen Rowdon; 2nd Jess Curtis, Izzy Curtis, Courtney Lane and Anneliese Smith

Groups, any level, aged 21 and over: 1st Kerry Baines and Melody Sharifi*

IW coach Terri Smith says: “I was extremely proud of all IW skaters competing at Gosport, with IW club members winning six out of seven categories entered and going on to the finals. Many hours have been devoted to prop making and costumes and our skaters did us proud.

“A special mention to Eloise and Anneliese in their first ever solo artistic style competition, you nailed it girls.

“Now we look forward to our annual friendly artistic competition against Gosport on Saturday 24 June. This will be held at Gosport as IW skaters have no home rink to train – many are regularly training at Gosport and Guildford to continue their dreams.”

* Robbie and Amy have in the past both represented the IW but train at Gosport; Amy is a member of the IW synchronized skating teams. Melody trains at Gosport but represents the IW at opens.