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Synchronized skaters dazzle spectators at international Trophy d’Ecosse

Photo credit: David Paterson - www.eventfotos.co.uk

Yesterday saw the conclusion of the spectacular Trophy d’Ecosse 2015, which took place at Dumfries Ice Bowl in Scotland between Friday 6th and Sunday 8th February.

The annual Club and ISU International Synchronized Skating competition saw the current World Silver Medallists - Team NEXXICE - travel from Canada to compete and put in an outstanding performance for spectators and judges alike.  Competing in the senior event, the Canadian team took Gold after dominating in both the Free and the Short Programmes.  Team Spirit from Wales and West and Zariba from Aberdeen skated their way to Silver and Bronze respectively.

Local team, Solway Eclipse, from Dumfries claimed the Gold medal in the Basic Novice B category after skating their way to a score of 32.63 on home ice.  The Solway Stars, from the same club, also did well in the Junior B category, taking Silver medal just behind the Isle of Wight’s “Wight Jewels”. The two Dumfries based teams have had a good season so far, having both claimed Gold and the National title at the British Synchronized Skating Championships in Nottingham last month.

Kids on Ice put on a dazzling performance in the Senior B event, earning 60.00 points overall and coming away with Gold.  In the Advanced Novice event Nottingham team, Shadows, took the Gold medal whilst Inverness, Northern Lights took Gold in the Basic Novice A category.

There was success for Rocking Robins in the Mixed Age category.  The Nottingham team took the top spot after scoring 37.95 points in their Free Skate. Nottingham’s Icetastic also did well in the Preliminary event, scoring 32.65 points and taking the Gold medal.  Icetastic also took the Most Entertaining Cup of the day on Sunday; Rocking Robins took this sought after award on Saturday and Whizz Kids from Altrincham on Friday.

Altrincham’s Whizz Kids took Gold in the Juvenile event, scoring 25.83.  They were closely followed by Nottingham team, Silhouettes, who scored 24.77 and took the Silver medal.

There was more success for Nottingham in the Elementary competition, with the club’s youngest team, Icepops, leaving the competition with a Gold medal.

Team Fusion from Bracknell took the top spot in the adult category after scoring 26.35 points in their Free Skate. 

Synchronized skating is one of the fastest growing winter sports.  It is hoped one day to become an Olympic sport, perhaps as soon as 2018, the synchronized community is waiting to hear later in the season.

Trophy d’Ecosse is two events – an ISU International and Club International, hosted by Sk8scotland on behalf of the National Ice Skating Association

Trophy d’Ecosse Event Director, Judy Clinton commented: “The competition at the weekend was incredibly exciting, with some really high calibre competitors. Not only did we see some of the UK’s best synchronized skating talent, but together with NEXXICE from Canada and Kids on Ice from the Netherlands, Team Turquoise from Turkey skated in the Senior Category”.

“Synchronized skating is growing at a rapid rate in the UK at the moment, so it’s a really exciting time for the sport and all those involved, from the skaters themselves through to the coaches, judges and all the volunteers who work so hard to make a difference to the sport”.

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