Today (17th January) Nottingham’s National Ice Centre (NIC) welcomed synchronised skating teams from across the UK for the 2015 British Synchronised Skating Championships. The NIC are hosting the two day competition for the first time since its move from Ice Sheffield.
Alistair Wilson, Technical Director at the National Ice Skating Association (NISA) said: “Today has gone really well, with the event taking place at the NIC for the first time, there was a lot of pressure to deliver a fantastic event and I believe that we have done that. The feedback from the skaters and coaches has been really positive. The participants have done really well and we have had a good crowd today which has really helped the skaters to perform at their best.”
The Adults programme kick started the day, Team Fusion from Bracknell, claimed the Gold medal and the National title with a score of 22.55. Taking Silver were the Bladerunners from Altrincham. In third place were the Inverness based, Team Highlanders.
Nottingham’s Juvenile team, the Silhouettes, were crowned British National Champions after receiving a Gold medal winning score of 28.47. In second place was the Highland Pups from Inverness followed closely behind by Sheffield based team, Novus.
Alistair commented: “Nottingham has the biggest synchronised skating club in the UK and we are really proud of how well our skaters have done so far this weekend. I will look forward to see how they will get on tomorrow.”
In the Mixed aged programmes, Lee Valley’s Team Aura claimed the National title and the Gold medal. Nottingham’s Rocking Robin’s came second and Team Creation from Wales and West claimed bronze.
Synchronised skating is one of the fastest growing winter sports and is likely to be the next sport to be included as a demonstration event in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The competition will continue tomorrow (18th January) where more teams will be crowned 2015 British National Champions.
Tickets for the weekend are still available to purchase from the box office at the National Ice Centre(NIC).
For results from the weekend please go to: www.icephoto.co.uk/BRSYN2015/index.htm