Wight Jewels: the team continues to skate in spite of the closure of their home ice rink

Wight Jewels: the team continue to skate in spite of the closure of their home ice rink

IW senior synchronized skating team Wight Jewels compete this weekend at the Leon Lurje Trophy in Gothenburg, Sweden, which takes place at the Frölundaborg ice rink on 28 and 29 January. The Jewels are up against tough international competition.

Streaming costs SEK 130 for access via one device (PC, iPhone, iPad), and from this event is typically of high quality in our experience. Payment also gives access to on-demand video after the competition. The competition begins at 15.05 GMT on Saturday and at noon on Sunday (CET is one hour later).

Update (28 January): Wight Jewels scored 23.95 for their Bollywood-themed short programme and are in 7th place.

Update (29 January): Wight Jewels scored 41.57 in the free for a total of 65.52 and 7th place overall.

The Jewels, of course, have no ice rink since AEW Europe shut it down in 2016. They get about one and a half hours’ skating a week at other ice rinks late at night, and many of them have no opportunity to increase that skating time as individuals each week. The fact that they are able to compete at all this season is a tribute to their hard work and dedication.

Official site: www.leonlurje-trophy.se

Streaming: https://studio.leonlurje-trophy.se

Results: http://skatesweden.wehost.se/16-17/Synchro/LeonLurje/html/index.htm

The Mozart Cup takes place in Salzburg on 20 to 22 January. There is UK interest at senior level with Wales & West’s Team Spirit out to get points for NISA’s qualifying formula for the worlds.  Nottingham’s Icicles compete at junior level and Shadows at advanced novice.

Streaming is presented by Ryan Thornton of On The Rocks (Facebook). Links will be on the Livestream section of the Mozart Cup site.

ISU categories take place according to the following schedule (all UK times, CET is one hour later, and times are subject to change):

Friday 20 January
1.30pm–2.08pm Basic novice
2.30pm–4.12pm Junior short
4.27pm–5.59pm Senior short

Saturday 21 January
1.15pm–2:15pm Advanced novice
3.30pm–5.45pm Junior free
6.00pm–8:05pm Senior free

Sunday features the non-ISU events.

Results: http://skateaustria.lvps91-250-98-130.dedicated.hosteurope.de/img/competition/2.2016_17/00015/index.htm
Livestream links: https://www.mozartcup.biz/livestream/
Official site: www.mozartcup.biz

Wight Sequins: awarded most entertaining programme

Wight Sequins: awarded most entertaining programme

The 2017 British Synchronized Skating Championships take place this weekend, 14 and 15 January, at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham.

In spite of the current lack of an ice rink on the island, the Isle of Wight is fielding teams in the senior (Wight Jewels), advanced novice B (Wight Crystals), juvenile (Wight Sparkles) and elementary (Wight Sequins) events. The teams have instead been training at Gosport and Bracknell rinks, although this naturally limits the amount of ice time available.

The Jewels skate third in the senior short. In the other events, the Crystals skate second, the Sparkles skate fourth, and the Sequins skate fifth.

The IW teams are travelling up Friday, and we hope that the snow and high winds forecast for the country affects neither them nor other teams heading to the championships.

There is no live streaming.

Update, 14 January: Wight Sequins were 4th out of 11 in the elementary event at the British Championships with a score of 14.89. First place went to Icepops, second to Altair and third to Stardust. The Sequins were later awarded Most Entertaining Programme of the Day.

Wight Sparkles were 4th in the juvenile event with 21.86.

Wight Jewels are third after the senior short with 25.58 points. Two falls impacted on the score: Zariba in first on 32.53 and Team Spirit in second on 29.27 both skated cleanly.

Update, 15 January: Wight Crystals were second in the advanced novice B event with a score of 24.46. Altrincham’s Whizz Kids were first on 32.03 points.

Wight Jewels remained third after the free programme in the senior event, scoring 58.43 for a total of 84.01. Zariba were first with a total of 98.33 (65.80 in the free) and Team Spirit were second with a total of 89.03 (59.76 in the free).

According to IW coach Terri Smith, all the teams achieved personal bests. The Jewels improved almost 20 points on their score at Cardiff in November (total at Cardiff was 64.39, so they increased by 19.62 points at the British).

Wight Jewels next compete at the Leon Lurje Trophy in Gothenburg on 27 to 29 January. The IW teams next compete at the Trophy D’Ecosse, Dumfries, on 10 to 12 February.

The IW synchronized skating teams are sponsored by Wightlink. The teams have also benefited from funding from Wight Aid towards ice hire. The Wight Crystals are additionally sponsored by water supplier Wight Crystal.

Results: http://www.icephoto.co.uk/Synchro1617/

Live streaming of the Cup of Berlin, which takes place on 6 and 7 January, is at http://sportdeutschland.tv/eiskunstlauf/cup-berlin-2017_2

The UK’s Team Spirit, which is based in Cardiff but attracts skaters from across the country, competes in the senior event. The team has a busy schedule, with the British synchro championships on 14 and 15 January and then the Mozart Cup on 19 to 22 January.

iowskaters.com will properly wake up as a site this season for the British synchro championships, when our currently rinkless teams will take part.

Update: Team Spirit scored 69.03 in total for 8th place.

Results: http://www.deu-event.de/results/CoB2017/index.htm


IW synchronized skating teams were among those to benefit from the first round of grants from the Wight Aid Foundation.

Wight Aid raises funds from businesses operating on the Isle of Wight and distributes it to local charities and good causes. It granted the IW skating club £500 to help the synchronized skating teams hire ice rinks on the mainland following the closure of Ryde Arena.

Wight Aid’s Nick Hessey presented the cheque to the skaters on 15 December.

Link: www.wightaid.org


The British Figure Skating Championships take place this week from 29 November to 4 December at iceSheffield.

IW skater Nikita Heathfield is competing in the junior ladies, which starts on 1 December. Nikita currently trains at Dundee Ice Arena, having moved up to Scotland for university, and is therefore shown as representing Dundee in the results.

Results: http://www.icephoto.co.uk/British16/

Wight Jewels, free programme dresses, Cardiff 2016

Wight Jewels, free programme dresses, Cardiff 2016

IW senior team Wight Jewels are in action this weekend at the Wales and West Synchronized Skating Competition in Cardiff on 5 to 6 November 2016. A last-minute training injury in Gosport on Friday night, involving a 2am visit to A&E by Beth Howarth for treatment for a dislocated shoulder, mean the alternates see action this weekend.

Update: Wight Jewels were third overall, scoring 19.53 in the short (2 falls) and 44.86 in the free (also 2 falls), for a total of 64.39. Zariba of Aberdeen won with 76.31 and Spirit of Wales & West were second with 74.88. Considering the alternates were slotted in at the last minute because of Beth Howarth’s injury, and that the falls result in an overall deduction of -4 before even considering their effect on the grade of execution of elements, the Jewels should certainly be in the mix come the British Championships in January.

Results are at:

Link: http://www.iceresultsuk.org.uk/WalesandWest/2016/index.htm

Our casualty this competition: Beth in A&E in the small hours

Our casualty this competition: Beth in A&E in the small hours