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Standard is set for the upcoming skating season at IJS Sheffield

Following a fantastic week of skating at iceSheffield, the standard has well and truly been set for the upcoming season ahead. Hundreds of skaters from Basic Novice through to Senior level hit the ice to show off their talents and new routines.

The event ran from August 22nd to 26th, and for most skaters, it was their first event of the season, for some it was their first official competition. Zoe Wilkinson and Christopher Boyadji were recently announced as the newest skating partnership, and took to the ice for their Short Programme on Thursday and Free Skate on Friday. Two strong performances left the pair with a score of 137.09 overall.

 Speaking of their experience Boyadji said;

“Despite a couple of small mistakes, we are very happy with our performance following the past three months of practice. We have shown that we are already a Senior team, which was one of our important objectives going into this competition.

“It was a real pleasure to skate in Sheffield, and the support we had from the audience was incredible. We are now looking forward to competing in Bratislava at the end of September in our first international event.”

There was a great deal of success in all categories, with skaters showing great promise for the season ahead. Phillip Harris finished top of the Senior Men with a score of 230.92, improving on his second place score of 167.02 in 2015. In similar fashion, Danielle Harrison of Senior Ladies improved on her 2015 second place, to come top of her category this year with a score of 133.83.

There was a great deal of success for local skaters who train at the iceSheffield arena, placing first in several categories including Basic Novice Pairs, Advanced Novice Pairs and Advanced Novice Dance.

You can follow the journey of our skaters by following @NISA_iceskating on Twitter and ‘National Ice Skating Association’ on Facebook. We will be updating you on key events through the season and sharing exciting news from our skaters as they represent us around the globe.