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Synchronized Skating Championships heat up January

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The penultimate weekend of January 2019 saw the first British Skating Championships of the year take place, with the UK’s Synchronized Skaters gliding on to the ice. In what was the largest British Synchronized Skating Championships to date with 57 teams entering the competition, the weekend saw entertaining performances from skaters of all ages and abilities.

Like the British Figure Skating Championships in December 2018, for the first time, the Synchro Championships was streamed live by the BBC allowing more people than ever before to engage with and follow the competition. 

Those who saw the competition on Saturday were treated to a special performance from Team SPICE, a team who are comprised of skaters with additional needs. Proving to be one of the highlights of the competition for many, it was wonderful to once again witness how inclusive and supportive the British Synchronized Skating community is.

In the Senior competition, it was a three way battle between Wight Jewels (Isle of Wight), Zariba (Aberdeen) and Icicles (Nottingham). At the end of the Short Program it was Nottingham who led the competition with Zariba in second and Wight Jewels, third. But all was still to play for with Free Program taking place on Sunday. Overall, Icicles managed to hold on to their first place, followed by Wight Jewels who managed to improve in their Free Program and take overall second with Zariba finishing in third.

A brief summary of the top three teams from each category is highlighted below:
1) Icicles (NIC)
2) Wight Jewels (IOW)
3) Zariba (ABR)
1) Icicles (NIC)
Advanced Novice
1) Ice Dreams (NIC)
Senior B
1) All Stars (SLO)
Junior B
1) Solway Stars (DUM)
2) Whizz Kids (ALT)
3) Unum (SHE)
Mixed Age
1) Aura (LVL)
2) Solway Eclipse (DUM)
3) Ice Unite (NIC)
1) Phoenix (LVL)
2) Deelites (DEE)
3) Solway Lightning (DUM)
Basic Novice
1) Ice Stars (NIC)
2) Wight Sparkles (IOW)
1) Ice Gems (NIC)
2) Supernova (LVL)
3) Topaz (ABR)
1) Ice Pops (NIC)
2) Solway Comets (DUM)
3) Angels (DEE)
1) Starlight Rain (STI)
2) Bladerunners (ALT)
3) Ice Diamonds (NIC)
Full results are available here.
With the growth of British Synchronized Skating starting to reach new heights, next year looks to be a treat for the Synchro community with the National Ice Centre hosting the 2020 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships in March.