This week, top synchronized skating talent from around the world will be competing in the 2016 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships. Among them will be Aberdeen based team Zariba representing Great Britain.
The competition takes place in Budapest, Hungary from Wednesday April 6th to Saturday 9th April, with practice sessions and a victory ceremony running before and after.
The ISU World Synchronized Championships is the most prestigious event in the synchronized skating calendar. Since the competition first began in 2000 it has been held in cities including Boston, Prague and Ottawa.
For British Champions Zariba, this is a great opportunity to take to the ice against the toughest rivals on the world stage. This season has been one of their best to date, achieving the national title for a second time in January at the British Synchronized Skating Championships, and the Scottish title for the fourth year in a row shortly after at the Trophy D’ecosse.
For the team it is a fantastic achievement to reach the World Championships and to be representing the nation at the top of their field.
Synchronized Skating Director at the National Ice Skating Association, and Chairman of the ISU Synchronized Skating Technical Committee, Chris Buchanan said;
“It is a privilege to be part of this wonderful event that will be the climax of what has been an historic year for Synchronized Skating. History was made with the first application to have our wonderful discipline included in the Olympic Winter Games – we are certain that we will be successful in our bid for the 2022 games in Beijing.
“We also were included in the ISU Grand Prix Final in Barcelona – a true mark that the sport has come of age and is seen as worthy for inclusion in this elite event. Finally, we had the magnificent Shanghai Trophy event in conjunction with our colleagues from Short Track Speed Skating – the competition was a huge success and because of this, the dates for the next edition have already been set for next March.
“I wish our representatives at the ISU Synchronized Skating World Championships in Budapest the very best of luck and am sure they will represent Great Britain with pride.”
We would like to wish the team the best of luck for the competition.
You can watch the competition live here.
You can also keep up to date with event news and results on their website.
Published: 5th April