In January, Nottingham’s National Ice Centre (NIC) will play host to the British Synchronised Skating Championships for the first time. The move has come following a sell-out event at the start of this year at iceSheffield, which has led to a requirement for a bigger venue to hold more spectators.
The event, which is open to the public, will take place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th January 2015 when almost 50 teams from around the UK will compete, including Nottingham’s own Junior team, Icicles, who were placed 14th in the world at the last Junior World Challenge Cup. The local team were also the highest scoring team last season.
The annual event is organised by the National Ice Skating Association (NISA). Alistair Wilson, NISA’s Technical Director commented on the venue: “We are very excited to hold the 2015 British Synchronised Skating Championships at Nottingham’s National Ice Centre in January. The competition attracts skaters from all corners of the UK, so not only was the NIC a top choice location due to its world class reputation, but its central location also makes it very convenient for a lot of people.
This exciting sport is the fastest growing figure skating discipline and involves teams of 12-16 skaters, skating in configuration with speed and precision whilst performing intricate routines to music, encouraging skaters of all ages and abilities work together as a team.
Alistair added: “We have more than 700 skaters competing in the British Championships next year, so it will be an amazing spectacle. The discipline combines the beauty and grace of freestyle skating with the excitement of a team sport, but it takes hours of hard work and dedication on and off the ice to blend the teams of 12 to 16 people into one unit.
“As a spectacularly fast moving, and choreographically clever discipline, requiring highly skilled and dedicated athletes, it is bound to be a hit and draw in large audiences. I’m certain that anyone who comes along to watch the competition in January will not be disappointed”.
Top teams from around the UK, many of whom compete internationally, will be vying for the title of British Champion.
Teams from the Isle of Wight, Gosport, West Wales, Basingstoke, Bracknell, Slough, Lee Valley, Sheffield, Solihull, Hull, Altrincham, Deeside, Nottingham, Aberdeen, Inverness, Stirling, Dumfries and Ayr will be in attendance, with new teams expected from Deeside, Widnes and Bradford.
Synchronised Skating is expected to become a Winter Olympic event in the future and is likely to be included in the Winter Olympics in Korea in 2018 as a demonstration event.
Tickets for the event are priced at £7. Tickets for concessions and groups of 12 people or more are priced at £5.50. Tickets are available here or by calling 0843 373 3000.