As we see the old year out, we can reflect on a busy and challenging time. It saw the first ever British woman in Short Track Speed Skating become World Champion, and we must congratulate Elise Christie on this fantastic achievement.
In 2018 we can look forward to our skaters performing in the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang and other ISU events, where we hope to improve on previous results.
We look forward to our skaters developing at home and growing NISA membership across all disciplines. Special mention must be made of our Synchro Teams as they continue to grow, with more teams than ever competing in the British Championships. Our adult members compete both at home and internationally, and we aim to promote more national activity for these enthusiastic participants. Finally, we are pleased to see that the Long Track fraternity is developing, with a string of great achievements and national records in 2017.
The new year will bring its challenges as we move forward to implement new structures, approved at the EGM earlier this month.
We look forward to improving our test and competition structures to accommodate all categories of skaters, introducing a coach education pathway that meets the needs of coaches and improving systems for members to access products and services online.
Membership engagement is a priority, and we want to encourage members to contribute to and participate in the new Technical Advisory Committees, so that we can embrace the demanding but exciting time ahead of us.
Another group within NISA who must be recognised for their contribution is our office staff. The commitment they have to the organisation and membership is invaluable and much appreciated by all who encounter them.
We thank also our incredible network of volunteers up and down the country, who continue to devote their time and effort to support members and events.
As we move into a transition period for NISA, we can take some time to celebrate the festive season and, on behalf of the NISA Board, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2018.