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Aberdeen team place Great Britain 23rd in the world at Synchronized Skating Championships

After two days of incredible skating at the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in Budapest, Hungary; Great Britain left the competition with Aberdeen-based Team Zariba ranking 23rd in the world.

The competition ran over Friday 8th April and Saturday 9th April. Over the two days Syma Hall held host to the greatest synchronized skating talent from around the world with the current British Champions Team Zariba representing Great Britain in the competition.

Team Zariba contains synchronized skaters ranging from 16 to 25 years old and was selected to represent Great Britain at the world class event during one of their best seasons on record. They were crowned Senior British Champions at the British Synchronized Skating Championships held in January, and retained their Scottish title for the fourth year in a row at the Trophy D’eccose.

A great Short Programme saw them land an ISU personal best score of 25.22, leaving them in 23rd place ahead of Saturday’s Free Programme.

When Saturday’s Free Programme came, Team Zariba was once again cheered on by the crowed at Syma Hall and was met with support from online supporters all over the UK. Their Lord of the Dance performance earned them a second ISU personal best score of 55.14.

Team Zariba receive their Free Programme score at the Synchronized World Championships

This left them with an overall score of 80.36 and a ranking of 23rd in the world. Sara Paterson, Team Zariba coach said;

“I am delighted with the competition. The team skated a clean Free Programme and achieved a new ISU personal best. I am so proud of them and the manner in which they have conducted themselves at this competition. We are all exhausted but have had the experience of a life time.

“We are so thankful to everyone at NISA for the selection and the opportunity to represent our country with pride. Now it’s home time to put into practice everything we have learned!”

Board member at the National Ice Skating Association, and Chairman of the ISU Synchronized Skating Technical Committee, Chris Buchanan said;

“Team Zariba gave a very creditable performance as they represented Great Britain at the Championships. From this first opportunity on the world stage they have gained invaluable experience that will drive their training and ambition to make rapid progress in the world rankings.

“The team were wonderful ambassadors for NISA and Great Britain and a pleasure to be with at the event. I am certain that they will move forward in their training with drive and enthusiasm.”

Team Zariba perform their Free Programme at the Synchronized World Championships

The ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships, which is an annual event organised by the International Skating Union, attracts the most elite senior level synchronized skating teams from around the world.

The World Title was awarded to Paradise of Russia, with Rockettes of Finland in second and The Haydenettes of the United States in third.

Congratulations to all of the skaters who took part in the competition.

You can find full results here and if you were not able to catch the competition as it unfolded, you can replay the official ISU videos online here.

Join in the #WSySBudapest conversation on Twitter: @NISA_iceskating and on Facebook: ‘National Ice Skating Association


Published: 11th April